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3 vs 1
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October 8, 2010 9:00 PM BST
Estadio El Helmántico — Salamanca
Referee:‬ G. Rocchi‎
Attendance:‬ 16800‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Spain 3-1 Lithuania

Vicente del Bosque's side secured a hard-fought win over the stubborn Eastern Europeans. Goal.com rates the players on show...

By Paul Macdonald

  • Iker Casillas
    66
    9
    3.50

    Iker Casillas

    An absolute spectator. Barely touched the ball as Lithuania rarely threatened. Was quick off his line to clear any danger, and was helpless for the goal.

  • Sergio Ramos
    135
    10
    3.50

    Sergio Ramos

    Was his usual enterprising self, crashed a header against the post in the first half, while providing two assists with precision crosses in the second

  • Carles Puyol
    35
    41
    2.50

    Carles Puyol

    Was caught uncharacteristically out of position to play Sernas onside for his equaliser, and didn't enjoy the presence of Danilevicius in the final third.

  • Piqué
    50
    17
    4.00

    Piqué

    Strolled through the game as usual, but was generally restrained coming forward from deep. However, had a composed enough evening.

  • Joan Capdevila
    42
    4
    3.00

    Joan Capdevila

    Like Ramos, offered himself as an additional attacking option, but the closest he came to threatening was a first half shot that whizzed over the crossbar.

  • David Silva
    70
    7
    4.00

    David Silva

    Drove in from the right hand side and attempted to probe for openings, and gradually grew into the game. His clinching header was absolutely stunning.

  • Busquets
    39
    18
    3.50

    Busquets

    Missed his partner, Xabi Alonso, in centre of the pitch, but sat deep and allowed colleague Cazorla to roam forward into space.

  • Andrés Iniesta Luján
    50
    16
    3.50

    Andrés Iniesta Luján

    Given the role of replacing Xavi in the centre of midfield, and although he was tidy enough, he failed to be at his influential best. Decent effort near the end was well saved.

  • Santi Cazorla
    94
    19
    4.50

    Santi Cazorla Top of the Match

    Replaced Xabi Alonso in the centre and made the line up more attacking, roving forward rather than sitting in the centre. Cracking cross allowed Llorente to regain the lead.

  • David Villa
    59
    41
    2.50

    David Villa

    With Raul's all-time record in reach, the Barcelona hit-man tried too hard to find the net, and his miss from all of a yard out was unforgivable.

  • Fernando Llorente
    156
    6
    4.00

    Fernando Llorente

    Spain's star of the show justified his selection by netting two superb headers and showing the way to goal for a Spain team who were slightly toiling.

Substitutions

  • Arbeloa
    23
    22
    3.00

    Arbeloa

    Came on for Ramos as his Real Madrid colleague looked to suffer an injury.

  • Pablo Hernández
    27
    11
    2.50

    Pablo Hernández

    Appeared on the pitch late on for his first national team match in a year.

  • Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia
    25
    8
    3.00

    Aritz Aduriz Zubeldia

    Came on late for his debut and was just off target with a low shot that whizzed past the post.

  • Žydrūnas Karčemarskas
    14
    6
    2.50

    Žydrūnas Karčemarskas

    Made two excellent saves in the first half but was hopelessly out of position as Llorente opened the scoring with a near post header.

  • Tadas Kijanskas
    6
    6
    3.00

    Tadas Kijanskas

    Coped manfully with the threat of Spain early on, but the class of the opposition eventually shone through.

  • Marius Stankevicius
    7
    7
    2.50

    Marius Stankevicius

    The Spanish-based defender was the most resolute of the away side, and despite shadowing Villa on the right, could not prevent a Spain victory.

  • Andrus Skerla
    8
    6
    2.00

    Andrus Skerla Flop of the Match

    Was solid enough, but Llorente's physical presence proved more than a handful, and one that he could not contain.

  • Edgaras Cesnauskis
    3
    6
    3.00

    Edgaras Cesnauskis

    Worked hard, particularly when the scores were tied, but rarely saw much of the ball it his feet as Spain dominated possession.

  • Semberas
    6
    4
    3.00

    Semberas

    Produced an enterprising performances, but lacked in any forward momentum as Spain retained the ball for long spells.

  • Ramunas Radavicius
    4
    7
    2.50

    Ramunas Radavicius

    Was an unsettling presence as Lithuania looked to narrow the game and keep things tight, but the World Champions eventually proved to be too superior.

  • Saulius Mikoliunas
    4
    7
    2.50

    Saulius Mikoliunas

    Meant to provide an attacking option from midfield, but had little impact on the match, and was unsurprisingly replaced.

  • Darvydas Šernas
    13
    6
    3.50

    Darvydas Šernas

    Influence was limited in the first half, but his second half run and strike created a special following for the away following, despite being on the losing side.

  • Mindaugas Panka
    3
    6
    2.00

    Mindaugas Panka

    Like the rest of his colleagues, his attitude and desire could not be in question, but lacked the ability to stop the Spaniards from creating.

  • Tomas Danilevicius
    4
    7
    2.00

    Tomas Danilevicius

    The captain's main contribution, apart from his physical presence, was to provide an ugly tackle on Cazorla that scraped down his thigh.

Substitutions

  • Kestutis Ivaskevicius
    3
    7
    2.50

    Kestutis Ivaskevicius

    Came on late on as Lithuania hunted for a route back into the match.

  • Deividas Cesnauskis
    2
    4
    2.50

    Deividas Cesnauskis

    Replaced his former Hearts team-mate with half an hour to go, but could not prevent Spain emerging on top.

  • Robertas Poskus
    3
    6
    2.50

    Robertas Poskus

    Given the last five minutes of the contest.

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