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March 25, 2011 9:00 PM GMT
Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes — Granada
Referee:‬ V. Kassai‎
Attendance:‬ 16301‎
 
69′ David Villa
72′ (PG) David Villa
 
Top of the Match
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Andrés Iniesta Luján
Spain
David Villa
David Villa
Spain
Flop of the Match
Milan Baros
Milan Baros
Czech Republic
Fernando Torres
Fernando Torres
Spain

Spain 2-1 Czech Republic: Record-breaking David Villa secures second-half comeback for the hosts in Group I clash

Barcelona striker netted a brace to become Spain's all time top scorer

By Paul Macdonald

A brace from David Villa handed Spain a 2-1 comeback win over Czech Republic in Group I and in the process sealed his place in history as his nation's all-time record goalscorer.

Having been level with Raul on 44 goals prior to kick off, the Barcelona striker hit two second half goals to ensure the points belonged to Vicente del Bosque's side, despite Jaroslav Plasil opening the scoring with a neat left-foot shot.

The modest ground in Granada played host to the occasion of Xavi's 100th cap, and he took his place in midfield as del Bosque once again opted for a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The Czechs however made it clear that their intention was to defend from the outset. They immediately piled men behind the ball, and while La Furia Roja enjoyed passing the ball around, they enjoyed little penetration in a tepid opening twenty minutes.

Suddenly though, the World Cup holders were behind, thanks to a sweet strike from Plasil. In a rare foray into Spanish territory, the former Osasuna wide man struck in a sweet low shot that whizzed through the legs of Gerard Pique and in off Iker Casillas' post. 

King of Spain | David Villa became his country's all time leading scorer as his side beat the Czechs

Spain were stunned, but through David Villa, attempted to redress the balance instantly. He twice tested Petr Cech with good efforts that the keeper did well to respond to, and the Czechs were able to go in ahead at the break.

Del Bosque knew that changes were necessary. Fernando Torres replaced Xabi Alonso, and not long after Santi Cazorla came on for club colleague Joan Capdevila.

Chances began to arrive. Ramos headed wide before Iniesta struck a powerful shot that went inches wide of Cech's post.

The breakthrough was inevitable, however, and eventually arrived in the form of Villa. Having been fed by Iniesta, he cut inside from the left and drilled a low shot past the dive of Cech to level the scores, and in doing so claim the mantle of Spain's all-time record goalscorer in his own right.

Minutes later, he made it international goal number 46. Iniesta was recklessly felled by Rezek inside the area, and 'El Guaje' confidently converted the spot kick to hand the Iberian side the lead that their attacking play had, in the main, deserved.

The Czechs never looked like fighting back into the match, and although Torres had a late chance to add gloss the win, Del Bosque's side will be content to escape a difficult tie with their 100 per cent record in Group I intact.



Spain

1
Iker Casillas
Goalkeeper
2.50
11
Joan Capdevila
Defender
58′
2.50
3
Piqué
Defender
3.00
4
Sergio Ramos
Defender
3.00
17
Arbeloa
Midfielder
84′
3.00
8
4.00
14
Xabi Alonso
Midfielder
39′ 46′
2.50
6
Xavi
Midfielder
3.50
16
Busquets
Striker
3.00
15
3.00
9
David Villa
Striker
69′ 72′
4.00

Czech Republic

3.50
1
Petr Cech
Goalkeeper
3.00
24
3.00
4
3.00
6
Tomas Sivok
Defender
2.50
3
Zdenek Pospech
Midfielder
47′
2.50
-
Daniel Pudil
Midfielder
78′
2.50
-
Mitja Rešek
Midfielder
3.00
8
2.50
3
2.50
7
2.00
-

Substitutes

25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
0.00
24
0.00
21
David Silva
Midfielder
0.00
19
Santi Cazorla
Midfielder
58′
3.50
9
2.50
14
0.00
15
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
-
0.00
29
Jan Polak
Midfielder
0.00
23
Adam Hlousek
Midfielder
78′
0.00
17
Jan Rajnoch
Midfielder
0.00
14
Jan Moravek
Midfielder
0.00
-
0.00
-

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Coach/Manager

0.00
-
 
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