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EC Qualification

  • October 11, 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Estadio José Rico Pérez, Alicante
  • Referee: S. Johannesson
  • • Attendance: 27559

Live Commentary

  • It’s all over. Spain complete the 100% record in Group I and it’s not hard to see how. Complete team
  • 90'
    2 minutes of Scotland’s Euro 2012 campaign to be added on. That’s all it will be, 4-1 Czech Republic
  • 89'
    Pedro should have made it 4 there. He got in on the left hand side again but fires his shot over
  • 89'
    Well however good Cazorla has been and McGregor for that matter, the man of the match has to go to David Silva. He may have only played an hour or so but the Manchester City man was superb tonight
  • 88'
    Cazorla gets in after Cowie gives it away. He receives the ball in the Scottish box and lifts it over the on coming McGregor, it’s just too high though
  • 87'
    Pedro close to finishing this off. Spain nick the ball from a backpass in Llorente who finds the dancing Cazorla. He slips in Villa who in turn feeds Pedro. Side netting
  • 85'
    SubstitutionDarren Fletcher Don Cowie
  • 84'
    Great save again McGregor. Llorente danced left to right before finding that yard to get his shot away. Left footed toward the top corner and McGregor made sure he was equal to it
  • 84'
    Spain stamping their authority back on this game now. Possession getting stronger again for the World Champions
  • 82'
    Cazorla and Pedro try to invent something on the edge of Scotland’s box again but it just doesn’t come off. Cazorla’s been class tonight, if it wasn’t for David Silva he’d be my man of the match
  • 80'
    Yellow Card James Morrison
  • 80'
    Morrison done really well there. Cut out a Spanish move and then tried to thread in Goodwillie. Thwarted by Ramos though. Morrison then lets himself down, scissor chopping Alba, yellow card
  • 78'
    Pedro testing Scotland, his ball across the box was cut out though. Just another reminder of that threat
  • 76'
    Another good move from Scotland. Naismith slips in Mackail Smith but the covering it top draw from Spain. It’s snuffed out again but Scotland are having a right go here in this second half
  • 75'
    Goodwillie goes racing down the left this time and he feeds a great ball central toward Mackail Smith but Alba cuts it out really well
  • 75'
    It’s 3-1 in Lithuania. The home side slip a penalty away to reduce the lead
  • 74'
    Yellow Card David Goodwillie
  • 72'
    Oh Goodwillie! He was in the clear down the right hand side of Spain’s box and Mackail Smith was all alone square in the box. Goodwillie blazes over instead. Massive chance that was, massive
  • 71'
    Yellow Card Darren Fletcher
  • 71'
    Flower of Scotland bellowing around Alicante. Fair play
  • 70'
    So close to number 2! A header from Berra almost catches the Spanish out. It lobs over a few defenders and Valdes but is cleared off the line before any attacker can get on it
  • 69'
    Scotland having a go here. Good move and they have a corner. Do they smell hope? No Xavi, no Silva, why not?
  • 66'
    Penalty Goal David Goodwillie
  • 66'
    They can do something! Goodwille wins the penalty just getting in ahead of Valdes who brings him down after the corner was half cleared and Goodwillie takes the penalty in sublime fashion. Cheeky one, gives Valdes the eyes, hesitates a little and sends him the wrong way. A goal, a lifeline maybe?
  • 65'
    GOAL!! Goodwillie
  • 65'
    PENALTY!! Scotland
  • 64'
    SubstitutionXavi Fernando Llorente
  • 64'
    Scotland win a corner, can they do something here?
  • 63'
    SubstitutionCharlie Adam James Forrest
  • 63'
    SubstitutionBarry Bannan David Goodwillie
  • 62'
    Great save McGregor from Villa, just down quick enough to turn the 20 yarder away
  • 61'
    Spain pressing more and more. Scotland defending steadily, not sure how much longer it will be until number 4 arrives though
  • 60'
    Scotland clear the danger and break pretty well there too. The Spanish getting back so quickly though, so hard to penetrate
  • 59'
    Spanish corners reigning in here
  • 57'
    Spain make it look like they have an extra 3 or 4 men out there. They are keeping the ball so easily here. Scotland look fearful of a cricket score
  • 56'
    Well after all that, Silva, who has been magic again tonight, makes way for another promising Spanish midfielder Thiago
  • 55'
    SubstitutionDavid Silva Thiago Alcántara
  • 55'
    This is another great goal made to look so easy. Lovely intricate passing across the box with back heels and mesmerizing movement throughout and Silva just slips a free David Villa on the left hand side. Cool as you like, bottom corner. Good night Scotland
  • 54'
    Goal David Villa
  • 54'
    GOAL!! Villa
  • 53'
    Great play Spain around the box again and when it comes to Alba he fizzes a great ball across the box but nobody is on the same page as the young full back
  • 52'
    Valdes collects an Adam cross. Spain break straight back into Scotland’s half moments later
  • 51'
    Pedro lands in the dug out. Bardsley might accept being outplayed by Pedro but not out muscled. Bosh take that
  • 49'
    Bannan fires in a rare Scottish corner which looked dangerous. Scotland just failed to attack it though and its cleared. Spain back on the ball
  • 48'
    So close to a Silva hat trick. Why Scotland are trying to play football from the back is beyond me against Spain. They lose it and Silva gets a left footed shot away just inside the box. Minimally wide, let off that
  • 47'
    Spain threaten early on. Lovely interchange between Cazorla, Pedro and Villa who nearly presents Silva with a chance
  • 46'
    SubstitutionCarles Puyol Arbeloa
  • 45'
    Arbeloa on for Puyol is the only change at the break
  • 45'
    Arbeloa on for Puyol is the only change at the break
  • 45'
    Here we go again. Can Scotland somehow turn this around? Can Scotland keep hold of the ball first though?
  • Half Time. Spain 2-0 Scotland. Dreams of Euro 2012 now look very dead for Scotland. They are being outplayed here and the Czech Republic are also 2-0 up. Massive ask now
  • 45'
    The boy is special, so special. Plays a one two in the box with Pedro, drops a shoulder and just guides into McGregors right hand corner. Delicate finish, sublime
  • 44'
    Goal David Silva
  • 44'
    GOAL!! Silva
  • 43'
    Possible penalty shout for Scotland there too. Puyol looked to have pushed Caldwell, no appeal, no pen
  • 43'
    The corner was half cleared then it came back out to the left for Adam who volleyed it back in the box really well. No one read it though and the ball drifts wide
  • 42'
    Mackail Smith can run! What pace from the Brighton man. He gets to the byline and wins a corner
  • 41'
    Great save McGregor. Another beautiful Spanish move sees Cazorla wriggles away to get a shot in from the edge of the box. Tipped wide superbly by the keeper
  • 40'
    Scotland hammer it clear but there is no Scottish player in the Spanish half
  • 39'
    Well you don’t need to give the ball to Spain. Morrison loses it to Villa and from the edge of the box he lets fly. Deflected, corner
  • 38'
    Great play Morrison who twisted away from Pique but his final ball was wide
  • 37'
    Yellow Card Sergio Ramos
  • 35'
    Fletcher trying to dictate things for Scotland. Some nice little moves but they just seem to run out of ideas at the vital moments. Scotland aren’t doing to bad considering the amount of ball time they’ve had here
  • 34'
    Chance Scotland. Fletcher moves well into the box and gets on the end of a Naismith flick on. His volley goes over though. Good move Scotland
  • 32'
    Scotland surviving though. Spain getting around the Scottish box an awful lot but not being allowed to penetrate it too much
  • 31'
    Scotland go on the attack and when it breaks down the counter from Spain is frightening. They get forward so quickly. Pressure on here
  • 29'
    Every Scottish player bar Mackail Smith in their own box. Spain so patient on the ball
  • 28'
    A loose Spanish pass!! Mark it. David Villa cross field ball, out of touch
  • 25'
    There was half hearted penalty claims to that Pique challenge but no way. Magic sliding tackle from the Barca man, timed to perfection
  • 24'
    Great ball Darren Fletcher. He bends one in from the right which finds Naismith moving in on goal from the left. Pique pulls of a superb sliding tackle to prevent the danger though. Unlucky Scotland, great idea and well executed
  • 22'
    Lovely play again by Spain and Cazorla just wasn’t on Pedro’s page there after a one two goes a stray
  • 21'
    Berra gets a header on goal as a response to that. Adam swung it in but the header was weak. Valdes took the ball and out it’s rolled, the World Champions back on the ball
  • 20'
    It’s 2-0 Czech Republic now. Scotland and Euro 2012 look a highly unlikely pairing at this moment in time
  • 18'
    Puyol up for a corner and when the cross finally comes in from Xavi after a few little passes, the Barca captain throws a head at it. Just wide
  • 17'
    82% possession for Spain. Fabulous team
  • 16'
    Pedro teases the Scotland backline on the edge of the box and bends one toward goal. Takes a little deflection and McGregor gets his hands on the Barcelona mans effort
  • 15'
    Spain make football look frighteningly easy. They’re knocking it around so easily and quickly. Cazorla linking up well again with Silva almost presents the Manchester City man with another chance on goal. Scotland surviving here just about
  • 13'
    Caldwell bundles over Silva. Only way to stop that kid I reckon
  • 12'
    Great move Spain. Ramos splits Scottish players in two feeding Cazorla who after some quick footed step over’s lets loose a left footed shot on the edge of the box. McGregor manages to save with a spill and then pounces
  • 10'
    Scotland motivated by that move go forward again. A ball goes in toward the Spanish box and cool as you like Ramos just cushions the ball to his keeper. Best right back in the world bar none
  • 9'
    Well Scotland break and with a long ball down the right they get an opportunity to cross. Great ball round the back and Naismith is close to getting on the end of it in time to turn in. Mistimed run though
  • 8'
    Alba working well down this left hand side again, nearly finding another team mate after drilling a ball into the Scottish box. This could be a long night for Scotland
  • 7'
    Another blow for Scotland! Superb Spanish goal. They move the ball so well and the movement was devastating. Alba pulled the ball back for Silva to steer home, through McGregors legs, 1-0
  • 6'
    Goal David Silva
  • 6'
    GOAL!! Silva
  • 6'
    Bad news Scotland. Czech Rep winning in Lithuania
  • 6'
    Spain so patient here. They keep the ball so well
  • 3'
    Scotland enjoyed three or four passes there. Cheered by the traveling fans. Order resumed though, Spain have their ball back
  • 2'
    Well Spain kicked off and they’ve had the ball ever since. Scotland finally clear the ball into touch. Berra concedes a throw in
  • 2'
    Valdes gets an early touch of the ball. Unbelievably his first competitive game for Spain. What a keeper he is too. Unreal
  • 1'
    All Scottish ears will be over in Lithuania tonight. Fingers crossed for the right result over there. Getting the right result here is a massive order
  • 1'
    Ok here we go then, let’s see what Scotland can do against a very strong Spanish side
  • Scotland McGregor, Hutton, Bardsley, Berra, Caldwell, Adam, Fletcher, Morrison, Bannan, Mackail Smith, Naismith
  • Here are your teams tonight: Spain Valdes, Puyol, Pique, Ramos, Xavi, Busquets, Cazorla Gonzalez, Silva, Villa, Pedro
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  • My name is David Cockcroft and I’ll be guiding you through the action here in Alicante. Can Spain maintain their 100% record or can Scotland cause a major surprise tonight?
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