Qualifying round (Group I) - 11/10/2013 - 22:00CET (22:00 local time) - Ono Estadi - Son Moix - Palma de Mallorca
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Finals in sight after Spain beat stubborn Belarus

Published: Saturday 12 October 2013, 0.01CET
Spain 2-1 Belarus
Second-half goals from Xavi Hernández and Álvaro Negredo moved the Group I leaders to within a point of qualifying for a world title defence in Brazil. 
Finals in sight after Spain beat stubborn Belarus
Álvaro Negredo celebrates after putting Spain 2-0 ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SpainBelarus

Goals scored2
 
1
Total attempts10
 
4
Attempts on target3
 
2
off target5
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners4
 
2
Offsides6
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
5
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed5
 
13
Fouls suffered12
 
3

Standings

Last updated: 12/10/2013 01:07 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   

Published: Saturday 12 October 2013, 0.01CET

Finals in sight after Spain beat stubborn Belarus

Spain 2-1 Belarus
Second-half goals from Xavi Hernández and Álvaro Negredo moved the Group I leaders to within a point of qualifying for a world title defence in Brazil. 

FIFA World Cup holders Spain edged closer to automatic qualification for next summer's finals in Brazil with a hard-fought victory against Belarus in La Roja's penultimate match in Group I.

Largely frustrated by Georgi Kondratiev's side in a first half shorn of clear-cut chances, Spain increased the pace after the restart and were rewarded just past the hour when Xavi Hernández slammed home his 13th international goal. Substitute Álvaro Negredo added a second before Sergei Kornilenko's late strike ensured a nervous finish for the hosts.

Despite dominating proceedings in the opening 45 minutes, Vicente del Bosque's team – featuring debutant striker Michu in the starting lineup – were limited to a David Silva header that flashed wide of the target.

Switching to a three-man defence after the restart allowed the world and European champions to find more space further upfield and they took the lead when Egor Filipenko's loose clearance landed at the feet of skipper Xavi who drilled home for 1-0.

Negredo came on for Michu soon afterwards and the change led to Spain extending their advantage in Mallorca, the forward stooping to nod in Sergio Ramos's centre from the right. With the game heading towards its conclusion, substitutes Sergei Krivets and Kornilenko combined, with the latter powering in a left-footed drive to reduce the deficit.

The result leaves pacesetters Spain needing just a point from their final group fixture against Georgia in Albacete on Tuesday in order to clinch top spot ahead of France, who host Finland the same night.

Last updated: 12/10/13 0.56CET

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Lineup

Spain

Spain

Belarus

Belarus

12Víctor Valdés (GK)22Aleksandr Gutor (GK)
3Gerard Piqué
Yellow Card33
2Stanislav Dragun
Yellow Card90+1
7Michu
Substitution57
3Aleksandr Martynovich
Yellow Card12
Substitution80
8Xavi Hernández (C)
Goal61
14Anton Putilo
Substitution76
10Cesc Fàbregas
Substitution84
16Sergei Balanovich
11Pedro Rodríguez17Yan Tigorev
15Sergio Ramos18Dmitri Verkhovtsov
Yellow Card90+3
16Sergio Busquets19Maksim Bordachev
Yellow Card54
17Álvaro Arbeloa20Vitali Rodionov
Substitution55
19Nacho Monreal
Substitution46
21Egor Filipenko
21David Silva23Timofei Kalachev (C)
Yellow Card66

Substitutes

1Iker Casillas (GK)1Sergei Chernik (GK)
23Pepe Reina (GK)12Sergei Veremko (GK)
2Iñigo Martínez4Dmitri Baga
4Mario Suárez5Vitali Trubilo
5Koke
Substitution84
6Pavel Sitko
6Andrés Iniesta
Substitution46
7Aleksandr Volodko
9Álvaro Negredo
Substitution57
Goal78
8Sergei Kornilenko
Substitution76
Goal89
13Juan Mata9Artem Radkov
14Isco10Sergei Krivets
Substitution55
18Alberto Moreno11Renan Bressan
20Juanfran13Oleg Veretilo
22Jesús Navas15Sergei Kislyak
Substitution80

Coach

Vicente del Bosque (ESP) Georgi Kondratiev (BLR)

Referee

Bas Nijhuis (NED)

Assistant referees

Rob van de Ven (NED), Charles Schaap (NED)

Fourth official

Danny Makkelie (NED)

Legend:

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

See also

  • Spain

    Next match played FIFA World Cup: v Georgia, 15 October 2013, 2-0
  • Belarus

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