Spain victory sets up showdown

Published: Wednesday 28 May 2008, 19.43CET
Northern Ireland 0-3 Spain
Spain set up a Group 1 decider at home to England on 2 October courtesy of a comfortable win in Northern Ireland.
Spain victory sets up showdown
Spain coach Ignacio Quereda guided his side to victory ©uefa.com
Published: Wednesday 28 May 2008, 19.43CET

Spain victory sets up showdown

Northern Ireland 0-3 Spain
Spain set up a Group 1 decider at home to England on 2 October courtesy of a comfortable win in Northern Ireland.
Spain set up a UEFA WOMEN'S EURO 2009™ qualifying Group 1 decider at home to England on 2 October with a comfortable win in Northern Ireland.

October meeting
Erika Vázquez's goals on eight and ten minutes were added to late on by Verónica Boquete to move Spain level on points with England, who won their Shrewsbury meeting 1-0 in November. Spain know that if they overturn that head-to-head inferiority in their home meeting they will qualify direct for the finals in Finland, while if the Czech Republic avoid defeat against England early that week, any victory will be suffice for first place.

Erika double
Having beaten the Czech Republic 4-1 earlier this month to move up into second place, Spain's morale was high against a team without a point on their return to the top level of women's football. And soon Erika had the visitors in control, turning in a loose ball after a free-kick and then chasing an Ana Romero ball before producing a fine finish.

Third goal
Ashley Hutton hit the crossbar for Northern Ireland on 25 minutes but Spain remained on top and were producing some fine displays of skill. Eighteen minutes from the end Itziar Gurrutxaga combined with Verónica for Spain's third goal while Erika twice came close to a hat-trick.

Last updated: 28/05/08 23.59CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland

Spain

Spain

1Emma Higgins (GK)1Ainhoa Tirapu (GK)
2Aine Mcgovern2Burgos
3Kelly Bailie4Melisa
Substitution85'
4Ashley Hutton6Itziar Gurrutxaga (C)
5Julie Nelson7Willy
6Una Harkin9Verónica Boquete
Goal72'
7Kimberley Turner
Substitution90+2'
10Vanesa
8Stacey Hall (C)14Sonia
Substitution78'
9Sarah McFadden
Substitution77'
15Marta Torrejón
10Roisin Havelin
Substitution64'
16Miriam Diéguez
Substitution73'
11Demi Vance18Erika Vázquez
Goal9'
Goal11'

Substitutes

12Tiarna McKenna (GK)13Cristina Estevez Lores (GK)
13Sara Booth3Ruth García
Substitution85'
14Laura Giltesple
Substitution90+2'
5María Benito
15Rebecca Corish8Saray García
16Nadene Caldwell
Substitution64'
11Sandra
Substitution73'
17Amy McCann
Substitution77'
12Marta Cubí Tudó
18Ashley McKee17Maria-José Perez Gonzalez
Substitution78'

Coach

Alfie Wylie (NIR) Ignacio Quereda Laviña (ESP)

Referee

Christina Westrum Pedersen (NOR)

Assistant referees

Vibeke Larsen (NOR), Marianne Braathen Velo (NOR)

Fourth official

Claire Noble (NIR)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Northern Ireland

    Northern Ireland

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  • Spain

    Spain

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