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September 6, 2011
• Estadio Nuevo Municipal Las Gaunas, Logroño
Referee: H. Lechner
• Attendance: 15660
Negredo 33', 37'
Sergio Ramos 52'
David Villa 60', 79'
Full time in Spain as the European and world champions go out 6-0 winners over Liechtenstein to qualify for the Euro 2012 Championships next summer. Did you expect anything less? Thank you for joining us on Goal.com!
Yellow Card Nicolas Hasler
The game has begun to wind down, Spain may look to just keep possession until the end as there were not be a significant amount of stoppage time.
Great commitment by David Villa to chase down a ball to the corner flag to try and prevent a goal kick. 6-0 up and still showning a great desire to regain possession. Great to see.
Villa attempts to clip the ball into the feet of Fabregas in the six yard line but the duo were outnumbered by a cluster of Liechtenstein players.
The hosts are not showing any signs of letting up in the last few minutes of the game, they are piling the pressure on Liechtenstein!
Wonderful link up play from Fabregas and Iniesta, showing trickery around the box. They are really enjoying themselves out there!
Goal David Villa
Yellow Card Franz Burgmeier
GOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN! Six of the best for the hosts as David Villa peels off to the back post and meets Xabi Alonso's deep free kick to easily side foot the ball into the roof of the net.
Fabregas should have scored! The Barca player managed to get a position in the six yard box and get on the end of an Xabi Alonso cross be just glances the ball past the post!
Good hold up play from Llorente to turn his marker and attempt to lay the ball off for David Villa but Stocklasa manages to make a last ditch interception to take it out of his path.
Liechtenstein make a change as Wieser is replaced by Nicolas Hasler.
Great play from David Villa to run down the left to the by line before turning inside and laying the ball off for Juan Mata but the new Chelsea recruit blasts the ball over the bar. Almost a role-reversal from Villa's goal there.
David Villa goes close as he twists and turns in the Liechtenstein box and attempts to bend the ball into the far corner but Jehle manages to make the save with his feet.
Liechtenstein come close! Captain Mario Frick goes through on goal ad side foots a shot at goal but Iker Casillas brilliantly saves to keep his clean sheet intact!
Liechtenstein actually manage to string a few passes together but they are quickly stifled by the Spaniards.
Spain make their final substitution as Fernando Llorente replaces Alavaro Negredo as the focal point of the attack.
Goal David Villa
GOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN! The hosts go 5-0 up as Mata drives down the right hand side to the by line and squares the ball back to David Villa who stabs the ball into the bottom left corner.
It Is like a training exercise for Spain now, they are receiving next to no resistance from the away side in midfield.
Spain make a substitution which will signify a change in tactics as Thiago Alcantra comes on to replace Sergio Ramos.
Goal Sergio Ramos
GOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN! Andres Iniesta whips the ball from the left to the back post and the ball hits Sergio Ramos on the shin and nestles nicely in the bottom corner! 4-0 Spain.
Great play around the Liechtenstein box from Spain, the ball eventually finds its way to Villa who tries to wriggle through the defence but is dispossessed by Hasler.
Exhibition play from Spain at the moment, they have kept the ball for an extended period of time.
A change to report for you as Cesc Fabregas enters the action to replace Xavi in the Spain midfield.
Spain get the next 45 minutes underway as they look to add to their 3-0 lead. You fear the worst for the visitors Liechtenstein here.
Half time in Spain. Liechtenstein done OK for a portion of the first half but when Spain turned it on the away side were powerless to resist. 3-0 to Spain at the break. Looks like the hosts will have the opportunity to defend their crown next year. Join us in 15 minutes for the second half!
GOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN! Who needs a penalty?! Xavi effortlessly clips the free kick into the top left corner to give Spain a comprehensive lead.
Penalty shout again for Spain as Villa blasts the ball off the hand of the defender! It looked in the box but the referee has gave a free kick right on the edge of the area.
Andres Iniesta showing his limitless class as he brings the ball down dead from a huge height and swiftly turns to send the ball down the left for Mata.
Spain with a penalty shout as David Villa is brought down but it looks as if Michael Stocklasa just managed to nick the ball.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN!!! What a lovely goal from Alvaro Negredo who latches onto a cute back heel inside the box from Villa to stab the ball into the bottom left corner! 2-0!
Spain almost go two nil up as David Villa gets in behind the defence but can only manage a tame shot from a difficult angle which allows Jehle to make the save.
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL FOR SPAIN!!! The hosts make the breakthrough as Xabi Alonos clips the ball over the Liechtenstein defence to Negredo who lets the ball bounce before twisting and volleying the ball with his left foot past Jehle!
The home side are getting closer to making the breakthrough. If it was not for the well timed offside trap by Liechtenstein, Mata would have likely gone through and put his side up. Small margins are keeping the game level at the moment.
Most of Spain's best play is going through Villa and Iniesta down the left hand side, that duo look the most likely to make something happen at the moment.
Good play in midfield from Liechtenstein captain Mario Frick who picks out Buchel with a wonderful cross field pass.
As always the closing down of the Spanish players has been relentless , and as a result Liechtenstein are camped in their own half.
Liechtenstein must be sure not to be wasteful whenever given opportunities at the Spain goal. A lot of players piled into the box for the away side expectant at a corner kick but it was whipped straight out of play by Wieser.
Another attempt at goal from Spain, this time coming from Negredo who spun quickly on the edge of the box and attempted to whip the ball into the top corner but just got underneath the ball as it goes over the crossbar.
Spain look to be biding their time with their build up play, they are enjoying a lot of possession but do not seem in any rush to grab the first goal.
Fantastic play from David Hasler to break out from his own box and power towards the Spain box to evade challenges and earn his side a corner kick.
SIlly foul conceded by Arbeloa in the Liechtenstein box. The away side were under the cosh but let out of jail after the Rea Madrid man needlessly clipped Wieser.
Decent build up play from Liechtenstein, who work the ball down the right hand side to Marco Ritzberger , but he fails to test Casillas with a driven shot over the bar.
David Villa tests the gloves of Jehle in the Liechtenstein goal with a well executed half volley from the edge of the box but the goalkeeper does well to parry the ball out for a corner kick.
And he goes through on goal and scores for Spain! However the linesman makes a terrible call as he flags as offside, there were two men playing on Negredo! Bad decision.
Alvaro Negredo looks sharp on the opening stages. He is playing on the shoulder of the last defender and his team mates are looking to put him through on goal at every opportunity.
Good interplay between Villa and Negredo to create the first chance of the match as the Barca player split the defence with a pass through to the front man who can only manage a shot into the side net from a tight angle.
It is not long before Spain reclaim the ball and get into their short passing style about the pitch.
Liechtenstein get the match started as they hope to withstand a barrage of attacks from the European and world champions.
The national anthems have been sung and the coin toss is made as we are moments before kick off in Spain.
The selection of Javi Martinez as a centre half in the match friendly against Chile did not work too well for Spain so Busquets plays in that position this evening. Should not be a problem for the Barca player who plays there often for the Champions League winners.
This is the starting line-up of Liechtenstein: Jehle; Michael Stocklasa, Rechsteiner, Martin Stocklasa, Beck; Frick, Burgmeier, Buchel, Hasler; Wieser, Ritzberger.
We have the team news and there is some changes in the starting XI for Spain from the friendly against Chile: Casillas; Ramos, Busquets, Albiol, Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta; Mata, Villa, Negredo.
It promises to be one-way traffic this evening, with Spain having scored 17 goals in their history against Liechtenstein with the minnows scoring zero. Four of these Spanish goals came a year ago when the world champions kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 4-0 away victory.
Vicente Del Bosque's side can clinch qualification to the championships in Ukraine and Poland next summer this evening and with them playing a nation who are 116 places down from them in the FIFA rankings, you would expect the European and world champions to book their place in the group stage.
Good evening, and welcome to Goal.com's LIVE text coverage of the European Championship 2012 qualifier between the holders, Spain, and Liechtenstein at Estadio Las Gaunas in Logrono, Spain.
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