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March 25, 2011
• Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes, Granada
Referee: V. Kassai
• Attendance: 16301
David Villa 69', 72'
J. Plašil 29'
90' + 1'
It's all over!!! Spain have won, but they didn't have things all their own way tonight in Granada. David Villa made the difference! Thanks for joining us, on Goal.com!!!
TORRES!!! The Chelsea man has a chance to add gloss to the win, but can't finish from the edge of the area. In injury time now.
Into the closing stages now, and Spain are closing in on the win that their general play has deserved, across the ninety minutes.
Jesús Navas González
Spain make their final substitution of the match as Marchena comes on to replace Jesus Navas.
Spain look to be just running down the clock with their precise passing.
The game is very stretched at the moment, there may be another goal in this match.
The game is tailored made for Spain to see out their lead, they are experts at keeping possession and with the amount of ball the Czechs have had, they would be very fortunate to grab an equaliser.
David Villa and co are being awarded a lot of space now.
Spain look very dangerous on the counter attack and will look to take advantage of the amount of Czech players going forward.
The Czechs have started to create some attacking play and it will have to be successful if they are to get anything from the game.
AssistAndrés Iniesta Luján
Penalty GoalDavid Villa
David Villa expertly dispatches his penalty into the left hand corner!
Penalty for Spain! Rezek brings down Iniesta just inside the Czech box on the left hand side !
AssistAndrés Iniesta Luján
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN! David Villa dances around challenges just on the edge of the Czech box and fires a shot by Cech into the bottom right corner.
And David Villa Succeeds!
David Villa is one goal away from becoming the top Spanish goalscorer of all time, he is currently level with Raul on 44 goals for his country.
Andres Iniesta is very unlucky as he drives a shot at the Czech goal but it goes just by the top left corner.
HUUUUY ! Sergio Ramos is inches away from getting on the end of an Andres Iniesta cross from the right hand side !
Yellow CardJan Rezek
Rezek is cautioned after a cyincal challenge on Iniesta.
The home side are really going for it now by taking off defender Capdevila for attacking midfielder Cazorla.
There is movement on the Spanish bench and it looks as if Santiago Cazorla will be introduced to the action, who will the Villarreal man replace?
Czech Republic have a dilemma on their hands, they must decide whether to sit back and soke up the pressure as they have been doing, or try to find a second goal which would be a hammer blow to Spain.
Spain look to be playing with a slightly higher intensity at the beginning of the second half, and with the attacking prowess they have at their disposal, it shouldn't be long before some chances are created.
Torres and Villa almost link up instantly with a one-two but the Czech defence manage to stop the danger.
Yellow CardZdenek Pospech
Spain make an attacking substitution at half time by bringing on Fernando Torres for Xabi Alonso.
We are back underway here in Granada.
The first half has came to an end. Join us in 15 minutes to see if Spain can turn this result around!
Good skill from Rosicky in the middle of midfield and is very unlucky not to find Baros with a precise through pass.
David Villa gets on the end of a Navas cross to test Cech with a header but the goalkeeper again denies the Spaniard.
Spain have had a succession of corner kicks but they have not been effective due to the height and solidity of the Czezh Republic defence.
Yellow CardXabi Alonso
Spain are showing signs of frustration now as Xabi Alonso gets a booking dissent.
The home side have reverted back to their passing game, but must look to get a goal before half time if they are to avoid a very tense second half.
Spain are starting to put some high balls into the box that the Czech defenders are easily managing to clear.
It really was a goal out of the blue from the Czechs, they have surrendered the majority of the possession to Spain but somehow have managed to steal the lead.
Spain will certainly have to make a lot more of the possession that they are getting after going behind!
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL for Czech Republic! Plasil silences the Spanish crowd with a drilled shot with his left foot that goes just by Iker Casillas and in off the bottom right hand post!
HUUUUUUUY! David Villa goes close after getting on the end of a cross from the right hand side to fire a volley straight at Cech, who managed to clear the ball to safety.
Spain are playing their usual game and easily keeping possession of the ball, but they have not been able to create any clear cut chances as of yet.
Spain waste another set-piece delivery with Xavi putting his cross too short and Andres Iniesta over hitting his.
The Czechs have not offered any attacking play so far in the match, they have been very wasteful with their rare possession.
Iniesta and David Villa have linked up well in the first twenty minutes of the game, but their final ball has been slightly off-key so far.
The flow of the game has been interrupted a few times by some robust challenges from the Czech players.
The Spanish crowd protest as Sergio Busquets is brought down off the ball but there did not look to be much in it.
Spain have an opportunity at goal with a free kick after a foul on Iniesta but unfortunately for the home side David Villa sends his shot high and wide into the stand.
The high tempo start to the match has gone down slightly as Spain begin their patient passing game around the Czech Republic box.
Spain midfielder Xavi has reached 100 appearances for his country now and is only the fourth man to reach this milestone.
The home side look dangerous in the opening stages but so far the Czechs have defended well and look a solid unit.
The Czechs have only had a couple of periods of possession so far in the game and are having trouble getting the play out of their half.
Spain have got into them rhythm quickly and have tested Cech already with Iniesta cutting in from the right hand side and stinging the gloves of the Chelsea goalkeeper.
The first half has kicked off in Granada, and Spain will certainly be going into the match as favourites but hopefully we will see an open game with lots of attacking play from both sides.
This is the first eleven of the Czech Republic: Cech, Pospech, Sivok, Hubnik, Kadlec, Hubschman, Rezek, Plasil, Rosicky, Pudil, Baros
This is how Spain will be lining up tonight: Casillas, Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Capdevila, Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Navas, Iniesta,Villa.
The away side certainly have a hard task in trying to defeat the European and World Champions,Spain, on their own patch but with a bit of luck and the creation of chances they may cause an upset.
Welcome to Goal.com's live coverage of the 2012 European Championships qualifier in group I between Spain and Czech Republic at Estadio Nuevo Los Cármenes in Granada.
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