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2 vs 0
Played
October 15, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estadio Carlos Belmonte — Albacete
Referee:‬ F. Meyer‎
Attendance:‬ 16133‎
 
26′ Negredo
 
61′ Juan Mata
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spain 2-0 Georgia

Goal takes a look at the performances of all those on display as Spain book their place in Brazil courtesy of strikes from Alvaro Negredo and Juan Mata

By Harry Slavin

  • Iker Casillas
    5
    2
    3.00

    Iker Casillas

    A quiet night for the Real Madrid goalkeeper, as was to be expected against the Eastern European minnows. Still had to be alert though at certain points and made a critical stop from Gilashvili in the first half.

  • Alberto
    1
    0
    3.00

    Alberto

    Not the most difficult of debuts but the Sevilla left back will still be pleased with his contribution. Didn't look out of place in a Roja jersey.

  • Juanfran
    5
    1
    3.50

    Juanfran

    Looked dangerous down the right and wasn't afraid to leave the right-back slot bare for large periods of the game as he strode forward to join Navas in attack more often than not.

  • Piqué
    3
    2
    3.00

    Piqué

    As a Barcelona defender this will have been quite a familiar sensation as he was left redundant for large periods of the match.

  • Sergio Ramos
    3
    4
    3.00

    Sergio Ramos

    Like his central defensive partner, enjoyed a rather laid back evening as Georgia rarely threatened. One moment of panic as he was beaten for pace by Gilashvili, but Casillas came to his rescue.

  • Busquets
    6
    1
    3.50

    Busquets

    Georgia barely saw the ball all night, and when they did it was invariably won back by this man. An effortless lesson in how to tackle and distribute.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    7
    2
    4.00

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Desperate to impress the home support, the former Albacete youth player produced a fittingly exciting display, demonstrating his abilities with well-timed through ball.

  • Jesús Navas González
    7
    1
    3.50

    Jesús Navas González

    You got the sense that Navas was relishing tormenting the Georgia defense from the first whistle as he weaved his way past three players. Created numerous chances.

  • Xavi
    4
    1
    3.00

    Xavi

    A quiet performance from a player who will be 34-years-old by the time the World Cup comes around next year. Perhaps looking a little leggy, the Barca man was removed midway through the second half.

  • Negredo
    10
    0
    4.00

    Negredo Top of the Match

    A dominant display up front from the Manchester City forward saw him continue his impressive goalscoring form with a near post tap in.

  • Pedro
    4
    2
    3.50

    Pedro

    A tricky performance down the left that saw him win a number of free kicks with his quick feet. Couldn't resist a step-over or two.

Substitutions

  • Koke
    8
    0
    3.00

    Koke

    Came on for the tiring Xavi and added a fresh impetus to the midfield. Tried his luck from range on a couple of occasions but could only fire over.

  • Isco
    4
    4

    Isco

    Came on late on to allow Iniesta to receive the plaudits of the crowd.

  • Juan Mata
    9
    2
    3.50

    Juan Mata

    Came on for Pedro and quickly hammered the final nail into Georgia's coffin as he stabbed home the decisive goal.

  • Giorgi Loria
    1
    0
    3.00

    Giorgi Loria

    Produced a fantastic save to deny Negredo from an acrobatic bicycle kick. Made another few stops as well and there was no shame in his performance.

  • Akaki Khubutia
    1
    0
    2.50

    Akaki Khubutia

    Couldn't deal with the quick feet of Pedro all evening and as a consequence was eventually booked for bringing down the Barcelona man.

  • Guram Kashia
    1
    0
    2.50

    Guram Kashia

    The captain coped admirably in the centre with Negredo at times, but ultimately he struggled with tide after tide of Spain attacks.

  • Ucha Lobjanidze
    1
    0
    2.50

    Ucha Lobjanidze

    Had the pleasure of dealing with Jesus Navas, while often having to deal with Juanfran too as he bombed forward. A tricky night but didn't disgrace himself.

  • Davit Kvirkvelia
    1
    0
    2.50

    Davit Kvirkvelia

    Tried his hardest to keep up with the Spanish passing in midfield but as so many before him, found himself chasing shadows for most of the match.

  • Giorgi Khidesheli
    1
    0
    2.50

    Giorgi Khidesheli Flop of the Match

    Was largely redundant in the midfield as Spain knocked the ball around Georgia's midfield with consummate ease.

  • Aleksandre Kobakhidze
    1
    0
    2.00

    Aleksandre Kobakhidze

    Barely saw any of the ball and was reluctant to fulfill defensive duties when his country needed him.

  • Elguja Grigalashvili
    1
    0
    2.50

    Elguja Grigalashvili

    Was suppose to be holding a wide position but was sucked into his own 18-yard-box more often than not as Spain launched attack after attack on the Georgia goal.

  • Irakli Dzaria
    1
    0
    2.50

    Irakli Dzaria

    Started in the midfield and like the rest of his team saw himself being dragged further and further back towards his own goal as Georgia tried to stem the tide of Spain attacks.

  • Shota Grigalashvili
    1
    0
    2.00

    Shota Grigalashvili

    Flanked Gelashvili and was suppose to be part of a counterattacking three-pronged forward line that ultimately failed to trouble Spain.

  • Nikoloz Gelashvili
    1
    0
    2.00

    Nikoloz Gelashvili

    Came closest to netting for the visitors in an incisive first half breakaway. That stirred faint hopes of a game being made of it by Georgia but that failed to materialize.

Substitutions

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