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0 vs 4
Played
October 12, 2012 9:00 PM EAT
Stadyen Dynama — Minsk
Referee:‬ S. Gumienny‎
Attendance:‬ 28800‎
 
 
Jordi Alba 12′
 
Pedro 21′
 
Pedro 69′
 
Pedro 72′
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Belarus 0-4 Spain

Goal.com rates the players at the Stadyen Dynama, as La Roja outclassed their opponents in Minsk, with Pedro scoring a superb hat-trick for Vicente Del Bosque's side

By Charlie Scott

  • Sergei Veremko
    0
    1
    2.50

    Sergei Veremko

    The 29-year-old goalkeeper was up against it from kick-off as Spain went close to scoring twice in the first four minutes through Fabregas and Silva. Perhaps should have done better as Alba dribbled past him before scoring Spain's first, but could do little about Pedro's superb hat-trick.

  • Aleksandr Martynovich
    0
    0
    2.00

    Aleksandr Martynovich

    Pinned back for large spells as Spain dominated possession, the Krasnodar defender had his hands full with Silva, as the Manchester City attacker caused all sorts of problems for the home side. The centre-back gifted Spain their fourth goal, as he was caught cheaply in possession by Fabregas, who then fed Pedro for his hat-trick.

  • Egor Filippenko
    0
    0
    2.00

    Egor Filippenko

    The BATE Borisov defender deflected Fabregas' early effort on to the post to keep the scores level, and was dominant in the air throughout the match, but had his lack of mobility exposed more than once as Spain's attack threatened repeatedly. Caught Silva with a horrible challenge late in the first half, that could have resulted in a yellow card.

  • Igor Shitov
    0
    0
    2.00

    Igor Shitov Flop of the Match

    Failed to intercept Silva's pass to Pedro that resulted in Spain's second goal, and like Filipenko could not deal with the quick, neat passing of Spain's midfield and attack.

  • Maksim Bordachov
    0
    0
    2.50

    Maksim Bordachov

    The midfielder looked shaky against a dominant Spain midfield, and was guilty of misplacing a number of passes as his side failed to get a hold of the ball during the match. Fired a speculative effort at goal late in the first half, that never looked like troubling Casillas in the Spain goal.

  • Pavel Sergeevich Plaskonny
    0
    0
    2.50

    Pavel Sergeevich Plaskonny

    The Dinamo Minsk defender was caught out of position as Spain dissected the Belarus backline with ease tonight, and his performance was summed up when he was nutmegged by Silva in the 40th minute as Spain came within inches of taking a three-goal lead into the break.

  • Aliaksandr Hleb
    0
    0
    3.00

    Aliaksandr Hleb

    The former Barcelona attacker was his side's most prominent threat during the match, but although he was confident in possession and looked to bring his team-mates into play throughout, he could have little effect on the final score as Spain dominated the match.

  • Aleksandr Volodko
    0
    0
    2.50

    Aleksandr Volodko

    The BATE Borisov midfielder failed to have any impact on the game during his time on the pitch in the first half, and after chasing Spain-tinted shadows for 45 minutes, was replaced at the break by Kislyak.

  • Yan Tigorev
    0
    0
    2.00

    Yan Tigorev

    Failed to intercept Silva's pass to Pedro that resulted in Spain's second goal, and like Filipenko could not deal with the quick, neat passing of Spain's midfield and attack, particularly as he tired in the second half and Pedro's movement ran Belarus ragged.

  • Stanislav Dragun
    0
    0
    2.50

    Stanislav Dragun

    Was booked for a high elbow as he challenged Busquets at the end of the first half. He worked tirelessly to close down Spain's players when they had possession but could not get near them as the away side controlled the game. Wasted a chance to reduce the deficit late on, blasting over the crossbar after being played in by Kislyak.

  • Vitali Rodionov
    0
    0
    2.50

    Vitali Rodionov

    The attacker wasted a fine chance to hit Spain on the break when he misplaced his through-ball to Hleb in the 8th minute, with the score at the time still 0-0. He ran himself into the ground during his time on the pitch, but failed to create any clear goalscoring opportunities, and was replaced by Bressan in the second half.

Substitutions

  • Renan Bressan
    0
    0
    2.50

    Renan Bressan

    Showed some neat footwork during his brief second-half cameo, but could do nothing to change the result as Spain eased to victory.

  • Sergei Kislyak
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sergei Kislyak

    The midfielder came on to replace the disappointing Volodko at half-time and he nearly provided an assist for Dragun late on.

  • Iker Casillas
    0
    0
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    The Spain captain will have had few easier matches than tonight, as Belarus failed to test him throughout the match, either missing the target or shooting straight at him.

  • Arbeloa
    0
    0
    3.50

    Arbeloa

    The dependable full-back was assured for his team tonight, as they spent the majority of the match on the front foot. Rarely called into action defensively, and often got forward to support his side in attack down the right.

  • Jordi Alba
    0
    0
    4.00

    Jordi Alba

    The former Valencia man gave Spain the lead with his second international goal, following a wonderful move involving Xavi and Pedro, and was full of running and attacking intent all game as Belarus failed to offer much of an attacking threat.

  • Sergio Ramos
    0
    0
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    The Real Madrid centre-back had a comfortable evening at the back for Spain tonight, as the midfield in front of him kept the ball well and restricted Belarus' opportunities to get forward. Confident both in the air and on the deck.

  • Busquets
    0
    0
    3.50

    Busquets

    Slotting in at centre-back for La Roja in the absence of Carlos Puyol and Gerard Pique, the Barcelona man was calm and assured in possession as always, while also sound positionally on the rare occasions that the opposition attacked.

  • Santi Cazorla
    2
    0
    4.50

    Santi Cazorla

    The Arsenal midfielder was superb in midfield for Spain tonight, showing both sides of his game as he broke up the opposition's moves, while also starting some for his own team. Came close to getting on the scoresheet in the second half but his shot was deflected just over Veremko's crossbar.

  • Cesc Fàbregas
    0
    0
    4.00

    Cesc Fàbregas

    The Barcelona attacker nearly scored within the opening 90 seconds of the match, but could only watch agonisingly as his effort from a tight angle deflected off Filipenko and on to the post. Late in the half he had another opportunity to get his name on the scoresheet, but could not quite get on the end of Silva's driven pass from the right-hand side. He did well to tackle Martynovich and set up Pedro for his hat-trick late in the game as Spain looked dangerous every time they attacked.

  • Xabi Alonso
    0
    0
    3.50

    Xabi Alonso

    The 30-year-old put in a competent performance in midfield, and linked well with Xavi alongside him. In the second half he dropped back in at centre-half at times to allow Busquets to roam forward, and looked comfortable in a defensive position.

  • Xavi
    0
    0
    4.00

    Xavi

    The veteran midfielder was disciplined in his positioning and precise with his passing, as he helped Spain dictate play from the central areas. Provided a sumptuous assist for Pedro's second goal with a powerful through-ball from midfield.

  • David Silva
    0
    0
    4.50

    David Silva

    The 26-year-old started the match superbly, dissecting the Belarus defence with a sliding pass to Fabregas, who then hit the post. The Manchester City attacker then missed a glorious chance to open the scoring in the fourth minute, but made amends by providing a fine assist to Pedro for the second goal, as Spain went 2-0 up midway through the first half. Set Fabregas up in the 40th minute after nutmegging Plaskonny on the right, but the Barcelona forward could not divert the ball goalwards. Replaced by Iniesta on the hour mark.

  • Pedro
    1
    0
    5.00

    Pedro Top of the Match

    The Masia graduate scored a marvellous hat-trick for La Roja tonight, and was a dangerous threat throughout. His movement both on and off the ball was a joy to watch, as Belarus' defence repeatedly failed to track him as he ghosted in and around their penalty area. All three of his goals were well-taken, chipped efforts over Veremko in the Belarus goal.

Substitutions

  • Raúl Albiol
    0
    1
    3.50

    Raúl Albiol

    Put in some decent blocks late on after coming on as a substitute in the second half.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    0
    0
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    The Barcelona midfielder replaced Silva on the hour mark and put in a decent performance in the 30 minutes he was on the pitch, switching the play well and stretching the Belarus defence.

  • David Villa
    0
    0
    3.50

    David Villa

    The attacker came on for Xavi late on and left his mark on the crossbar, if not the scoresheet, as he thumped an effort against the woodwork from 15 yards with minutes to go.

Results
Group A Matchday 3
Times In EAT
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robin van Persie Robin van Persie
Striker
Man. United
11 2
Edin Dzeko Edin Dzeko
Striker
Manchester City
10 0
Mesut Özil Mesut Özil
Midfielder
Arsenal FC
8 3
Zlatan Ibrahimovic Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Striker
PSG
8 1
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid CF
8 0