Qualifying round (Group I) - 12/10/2012 - 20:00CET (21:00 local time) - Dinamo Stadion - Minsk
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Pedro stars as Spain dazzle Belarus

Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 22.41CET
Belarus 0-4 Spain
Pedro Rodríguez claimed an assist for club-mate Jordi Alba before taking centre stage himself, weighing in with his first hat-trick as a professional.
by Denis Orlov
from Minsk
Pedro stars as Spain dazzle Belarus
Santi Cazorla (right) gets away from Belarus striker Vitali Rodionov ©AFP/Getty Images

Match statistics

BelarusSpain

Goals scored0
4
Total attempts6
 
16
Attempts on target2
 
8
off target2
 
5
against woodwork0
1
Corners0
6
Offsides2
 
6
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed17
 
8
Fouls suffered8
 
16

Standings

Last updated: 18/04/2013 09:58 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
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Published: Friday 12 October 2012, 22.41CET

Pedro stars as Spain dazzle Belarus

Belarus 0-4 Spain
Pedro Rodríguez claimed an assist for club-mate Jordi Alba before taking centre stage himself, weighing in with his first hat-trick as a professional.

Pedro Rodríguez's first professional hat-trick earned FIFA World Cup holders Spain a commanding victory away to Belarus.

It was one-way traffic throughout at the Dinamo Stadion from the moment Jordi Alba broke the deadlock on 12 minutes. Yet it was FC Barcelona team-mate Pedro who took the headlines, following up a goal midway through the first half with two more midway through the second. Such was Spain's dominance, he ought to have scored a fourth.

The visitors wasted no time finding their stride in Minsk. Cesc Fàbregas almost broke the deadlock inside two minutes from close range and David Silva fluffed his lines after being sent through one-on-one with goalkeeper Sergei Veremko. It mattered not as Alba soon made it 1-0, applying the finishing touch to his surging run into the box with a well-placed shot.

Pedro claimed the assist but that was the last of him waiting in the wings as he quickly moved to centre stage. He doubled the advantage on 21 minutes, getting the better of Veremko after gathering a Silva through ball. It was the cue for Vicente Del Bosque's men to take their foot off the gas, almost fatally as Iker Casillas was forced into action by Vitali Rodionov.

Spain upped their game after the restart, setting up camp in the Belarus half. Pedro was the chief beneficiary, converting passes from Xavi Hernández and Cesc Fàbregas within the space of three second-half minutes. He could have made it 5-0 but missed after substitute David Villa's shot had come back off the upright.

Spain will nevertheless go into Tuesday's home game against France in supreme confidence; Belarus host Georgia still seeking their first points in Group I.

Last updated: 13/10/12 15.14CET

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Lineup

Belarus

Belarus

Spain

Spain

12Sergei Veremko (GK) (C)1Iker Casillas (GK) (C)
2Stanislav Dragun
Yellow Card39
Substitution79
8Xavi Hernández
Substitution76
3Aleksandr Martynovich10Cesc Fàbregas
4Igor Shitov
Yellow Card59
11Pedro Rodríguez
Goal21
Goal69
Goal72
6Pavel Plaskonny14Xabi Alonso
8Aleksandr Volodko
Substitution46
15Sergio Ramos
Substitution70
10Aleksandr Hleb16Sergio Busquets
17Yan Tigorev17Álvaro Arbeloa
19Maksim Bordachev18Jordi Alba
Goal12
20Vitali Rodionov
Substitution65
20Santi Cazorla
21Egor Filipenko21David Silva
Yellow Card31
Substitution56

Substitutes

1Anton Amelchenko (GK)12Víctor Valdés (GK)
22Aleksandr Gutor (GK)23Pepe Reina (GK)
5Vitali Trubilo2Raúl Albiol
Substitution70
7Andrei Chukhlei
Substitution79
3Nacho Monreal
11Renan Bressan
Substitution65
4Javi Martínez
13Aleksandr Pavlov5Juanfran
14Ilya Aleksievich6Andrés Iniesta
Substitution56
15Sergei Kislyak
Substitution46
7David Villa
Substitution76
16Denis Polyakov9Fernando Torres
18Dmitri Verkhovtsov13Beñat
23Sergei Balanovich19Roberto Soldado
22Jesús Navas

Coach

Georgi Kondratiev (BLR) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

Assistant referees

Walter Vromans (BEL), Kristof Meers (BEL)

Fourth official

Alexandre Boucaut (BEL)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Belarus

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Georgia, 16 October 2012, 2-0
  • Spain

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v France, 16 October 2012, 1-1
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