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  • March 29, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • S. Dariaus ir S. Girėno stadionas, Kaunas
  • Referee: L. Duhamel
  • • Attendance: 9180
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Euro 2012 qualifying preview: Lithuania – Spain

Euro 2012 qualifying preview: Lithuania – Spain

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La Furia Roja can all but secure qualification by sealing their fifth win in a row in Group I against the eastern Europeans in Kaunas.

PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Lithuania: Karcemarskas; Kijanskas, Skerla, Stankevicius, Radavicius; Semberas, E. Cesnauskis, Mikoliunas, Panka; Danilevicius, Sernas

Lithuania


Spain: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Capdevilla; Xavi, Busquets, Alonso; Navas, Villa, Iniesta

Spain


DID YOU KNOW?
 
  • Lithuania are currently stranded in fourth place in Group I with four points from three matches, two points behind second-placed Czech Republic, who have played a game more.
  • They have failed to win in five attempts against the Spaniards, losing four times.
  • Their first competitive match against Spain was in Seville on February 24, 1993 in a 1994 World Cup finals qualifier. They lost 5-0.
  • In the reverse fixture in the group last year, Lithuania went down 3-1 to Spain in Salamanca.
  • Spain’s 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic in Granada on Friday evening saw them retain their 100 per cent record in the qualifying campaign and top Group I with 12 points from four matches.
  • David Villa’s double on Friday made him the all-time highest goalscorer for la Furia Roja. He has 46 goals, two more than Raul.
  • Only three members of Vicente del Bosque's squad play their football outside the Spanish Primera Division. Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Fernando Torres (Chelsea) and David Silva (Manchester City) all ply their trade in the English Premier League.
  • Spain were placed together with Lithuania in the qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup finals. The current European and world champions were held to a goalless draw in Vilnius and escaped with a narrow 1-0 victory in Valencia, thanks to an Albert Luque goal.


LAST MEETING


October 8, 2010: Spain 3-1 Lithuania

Spain recorded a 3-1 victory over Lithuania in the reverse fixture at home. Fernando Llorente gave la Furia Roja the lead just two minutes into the second half and although Darvydas Sernas equalised soon, the Athletic Bilbao striker put his side back into the lead just moments later. David Silva wrapped up the points with his goal on 79 minutes.

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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
3PiquéDefender
-Andoni Iraola
-Arbeloa
8XaviMidfielder
14Xabi AlonsoMidfielder
-Javi MartínezMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
-Fernando Llorente
-Víctor Valdés
15Sergio RamosDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
9Fernando TorresStriker
10Juan MataStriker
Players to Watch
Marius Stankevicius
Marius Stankevicius
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 5
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

Marius Stankevicius has been playing in the Spanish Primera Division for quite a while now and will hope to make use of his experience to stave off the Spain attackers. The Valencia defender, who can feature at centre-back as well as at left-back, will aim to pull the stops on David Villa and co and inspire his nation to least a draw against the European and world champions.

David Villa
David Villa
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0

David Villa scored twice against the Czech Republic in Granada to increase his tally to 46 goals for Spain and become his country’s all-time top goalscorer. The Barcelona forward will aspire to add to his bag on Tuesday evening and carry on with his sensational record for Spain.

Prediction

Spain didn’t look particularly all-conquering against the Czech Republic last week but against a inferior opposition like Lithuania, Del Bosque’s team should collect the points with ease.

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Editor's Prediction
Spain 3

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