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March 29, 2011
• S. Dariaus ir S. Girėno stadionas, Kaunas
Referee: L. Duhamel
• Attendance: 9180
M. Stankevičius 57'
T. Kijanskas 70' (own goal)
90' + 2'
It's all over in Kaunas! Spain been made to work hard, but they eventually sealed the win over Lithaunia. Thanks for joining us, on Goal.com!
Sergio Ramos is sent on for Spain as a replacement for Gerard Pique.
Iker Casillas has provided a solid base for Spain in this game, he has looked comfortable and was only undone by a stunning strike from Stankevicius.
Spain should easily see the game out now, the third goal by Mata has brought down the heads of the Lithuania players.
Goal Juan Mata
Juan Mata caps off a wonderful Spain move to receive the ball just to the left of the six yard box to slip the ball past Karcemarskas into the net!
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN!
Substitute Labakas tests Casillas with a long range shot that the Spain goalkeeper manages to keep a hold of expertly.
Xabi Alonso's free kick canons off the head of a Lithuania defenders head and clears for a corner kick.
Spain with a set piece opportunity from the left hand side.
The game is fairly scrappy at the moment, the pitch is making it difficult for both teams to keep hold of the ball.
The Lithuania players are showing signs of fatigue and this may play into the hands of Spain.
With the ability Spain have at keeping possession, you feel a 2-1 lead would be enough for the world champions to hold on to.
Own Goal Tadas Kijanskas
Juan Mata breaks down the left hand side to put a cross along the six yard box that Kijanskas turns into his own net!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN!
Santiago Cazorla comes off to be replaced by Juan Mata.
Spain with a free kick opportunity and Xabi Alonso lashes a shot to the top corner and Karcemarskas tips the ball over the bar.
Javi Martinez showing fantastic technique to volley the ball first time at the Lithuania goal but it is right down the throat of the goalkeeper.
Spain look to have increased the tempo in their play after the Lithuania goal.
A goal completely out of the blue for Lithuania has changed the complexion of this match!
Goal Marius Stankevicius
Spanish based player Stankevicius latches on to a poor clearance from Albiol to rifle the ball into the bottom left hand corner from 30 yards!!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR LITHUANIA !
The game is very end to end at the moment and it has been a very high tempo start to the second half by both sides.
Fernanda Llorente gives the Lithuania defence some problems by receiving the ball inside the box and evading tackles to shoot at goal but Karcemarskas easily saves.
The Spain midfielder again has another attempt from far out but this time his attempt goes well over the crossbar.
Xabi Alonso almost gives Spain the perfect start to the second half with a spectacular attempt from range but the ball goes just over the bar and on to the roof of the net.
The second half has kicked off and Lithuania will feel that they still have a say in this game. Spain will look to further their lead but the surface will have an important part to play in the second half.
Half time in Kaunas. Join us in 15 minutes to see if Spain can hold on to their lead.
Cesnauskis gives Casillas his first action of the match with a shot from long range but it it easily caught by the Spaniard.
Lithuania with a corner kick opportunity to equalise but the Spanish defence manages to clear.
Great pass from Cazorla over the top of the Lithuania defence to send Llorente through on Karcemarskas but the goalkeeper remains big to make the save.
Lithuania are only seeing a small portion of possession and as a result are rushing their attacking play.
Spain must try to look and get their second goal before half time as legs are sure to tire in the second half due to the heavy surface.
Llorente shows his prowess on the ground also by receiving the ball just outside the Lithuania box to side-step a tackle and rifle a shot at goal but it goes quite far wide of the right hand post.
Due to the surface, Spain are trying to lift the ball off the ground for Fernando Llorente to hold up and the Athletic Bilbao man has does his job well so far.
Spain are sending quite a lot men forward and as a result Lithuania look dangerous on the counter attack.
The home side are resorting to long balls at the moment but Pique and Albiol look comfortable when dealing with them.
Good hold up play from Llorente to set up Javi Martinez for the shot inside the box but unfortunately for Spain his effort was timid.
Spain are starting to dictate the tempo of the match again, after their goal they can now relax a little bit more and try and keep possession.
Lithuania counter attack at pace but a stray pass gives Raul Albiol an opportunity to get a foot in and clear the danger for a throw in.
Xavi attempts a shot from range that deflects off a Lithuania defender to loop over the goalkeeper!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Spain!
Javi Martinez is showing good grit in the middle of midfield for Spain.
Lithuania are starting to get a little more into the game and are enjoying a sustained period of possession in the Spain half.
Good play from Fernando Llorente down the ring flank for Spain, showing good strength to evade tackles, but he was judged to have fouled the defender and Lithuania can catch a breather.
Santiago Cazorla tests the Lithuania keeper with a low shot but Karcemaskas manages to clear the danger.
The unpredictable surface has made attacking play difficult so far in the game.
As expected, Spain are dominating the early possession.
The pitch is not playing well at all and the Spanish players may have trouble spraying passes about the park if it continues to cut up.
The match is underway in Kaunas.
This is the first eleven of Spain: Casillas, Iraola, Pique, Albiol, Arbeloa, Javi Martinez, Xavi, Xabi Alonso, Cazorla, Llorente, Villa.
This is how Lithuania will be lining up tonight: Karčemarskas, Semberas, Kijanskas, Skerla, Zaliukas, Panka, Cesnauskis, Danilevicius, Sernas, Mikoliunas, Stankevicius.
Welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the Euro 2012 Group I qualifying match between Lithuania and Spain in Kaunas. Much has been discussed about the state of the home pitch so Spain may have a tough task in replicating their impressive short passing game for the full 90 minutes.
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