The win puts Spain six points ahead of their opponents on the night in Group I, as a win next week against Lithuania will all but secure qualification to Poland/Ukraine 2012 for the World and European champions.Xavi acknowledged that the game was difficult but was glad to emerge victorious after having to battle back from a goal down: “I’m happy for the win. The team had problems and we worked hard,” he said during the post-match interview.
“Throughout the game, we had control and in the second half we improved. It was a tough game and we did not expect a goal from them.”
The midfielder was then asked about his personal achievement and he replied: “I am very happy. I have wanted to continue participating here. I have a magnificent role in the team and I have to enjoy it.”