After keeping a clean sheet for over 700 minutes of football,
But the Euro 08 champions fought back and levelled proceedings through Andrés Iniesta on 36 minutes, before David Villa continued his stunning goalscoring form by netting the winner just two minutes from the final whistle.
It was by far Spain’s toughest test yet in the qualification series and coach, Vicente del Bosque had nothing but praise for his players as they stepped up to the challenge.
“I have to congratulate my players,” he said during the post-match interviews.
“We had to adapt to our opponents, who pressed us a lot and did not allow us to play our normal game. But we delivered in attack in a big way at the end.
“Today, we have demonstrated what a team is. We have players with great ability who are able to do things like what Iniesta does and others with great character such as Puyol, who saved us a lot of trouble today,” the coach elaborated.
Del Bosque finally praised the hunger and determination of La Furia Roja: “There were some moments of uncertainty because we were not satisfied with the draw and we were eager to raise the tempo of the game to go for the win.”