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    Finland

    2

    Wales

    1

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    Belarus

    4

    Kazakhstan

    0

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    Russia

    0

    Germany

    1

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    Luxembourg

    0

    Switzerland

    3

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    Armenia

    1

    Spain

    2

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    Estonia

    0

    Bosnia-Herz

    2

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    Ukraine

    1

    England

    0

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    Cyprus

    4

    Bulgaria

    1

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    Montenegro

    2

    Georgia

    1

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    Denmark

    1

    Sweden

    0

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    Liechtenstei

    0

    Azerbaijan

    2

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    Austria

    2

    Lithuania

    1

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    Czech Rep

    2

    Poland

    0

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    Greece

    5

    Latvia

    2

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    Serbia

    5

    Romania

    0

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    Slovakia

    0

    Slovenia

    2

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    Belgium

    2

    Turkey

    0

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    France

    5

    Faroe Island

    0

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    Israel

    3

    Moldova

    1

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    Rep of Ire

    2

    Italy

    2

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    Portugal

    3

    Hungary

    0

WORLD CUP QUALIFYING - UEFA

Republican Stadium

Referee: Jiri Jech | Attendance: 10500

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Armenia

  • Robert Arzumanyan 58'

1 - 2

FT

Spain

  • Cesc Fábregas 33'
  • Juan Mata 65' PEN

Armenia 1-2 Spain

pain remained on course to complete a perfect record in qualifying as they

made it nine wins from nine with victory over Armenia in a rain-drenched Yerevan

today.

• Del Bosque: It was important to win

In a clash between a Spanish side who had already secured their spot in next

year's World Cup finals and an Armenia team whose outside hopes of going to

South Africa had vanished long ago, it was the European champions who came out

on top thanks to Juan Mata's second-half penalty.

Mata coolly slotted home what would prove to be the winning goal from the spot

in the 64th minute, just six minutes after Armenia had stunned their visitors by

equalising through Robert Arzumanyan.

Spain had earlier taken the lead with a brilliant goal from Cesc Fabregas

midway through the first half.

The Spanish were clear favourites heading into the match having won all eight

of their qualifiers and facing a side who had taken just one point from their

opening seven matches in Group Five.

However, Vardan Minasyan's side had claimed a shock 2-1 victory over Belgium in

their previous match in Yerevan and they would have been eager to have added an

even bigger scalp today in the form of Euro 2008 winners Spain.

But it was not to be for the underdogs, as even though at times they made life

difficult for the Spanish, Vicente del Bosque's troops did enough to notch up

yet another victory.

In the absence of the injured David Villa, Del Bosque opted to use Fernando

Torres as his lone striker with the Liverpool man having recovered from the

groin problem that forced him to limp out of training earlier this week.

It was Villarreal playmaker Santi Cazorla who came closest early on though,

with an effort from inside the area that just cleared the crossbar, while his

fellow midfielder Xavi was denied by Roman Berezovsky in the 17th minute.

Cazorla came even closer in the 31st minute with another effort, but Spain were

not to be kept out for much longer as two minutes later Fabregas broke the

deadlock.

Xavi played his part with a fantastic pass over the defence and Arsenal captain

Fabregas ensured the opportunity was not to be wasted as he lofted a first-time

shot past Armenia goalkeeper Berezovsky and into the far corner of the net.

Up until that point decent chances had been at a premium, but Spain might have

been celebrating two goals in four minutes only for Berezovsky to produce a fine

save to tip Mata's effort around the post.

Spain had to settle for just the one-goal lead at the break though, and with

the scoreline unchanged Del Bosque opted to replace Torres with debutant Alvaro

Negredo in the 55th minute in a bid to change things around up front.

However, the move did not bring the desired result for Del Bosque as within

three minutes of the Sevilla striker's arrival Armenia had claimed a surprise

equaliser.

The hosts won a dangerous free-kick deep in Spain territory and they made they

most of the opportunity as Artavazd Karamyan's cross into the area was headed

past Jose Reina by Arzumanyan.

That sparked wild celebrations amongst the Armenia players and must have come

as a huge shock to the system to a Spain side who had only conceded two goals in

qualifying before today.

However, the Iberian nation quickly regrouped and found themselves back in

front not long after.

Mata won the penalty himself after picking up a fine through-ball from Fabregas

before being sent crashing by the outrushing Berezovsky and the Valencia

youngster picked himself up to clinically slot home the resulting spot-kick to

earn Spain the win.

  • Del Bosque: It was important to win

    Spain coach Del Bosque was impressed with Armernia's resistance but insisted that his side deserved to record their ninth win in qualifying.

    "It was a difficult match and they did not allow us a lot of

    space," Del Bosque said. "We were missing the final pass on many occasions but we

    managed to create some good moments and secure an important

    win," he added.

    With David Villa injured, Del Bosque played Fernando Torres as a lone striker and the Liverpool forward made way for

    Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo to make his first appearance for Spain 10 minutes after the break.

    "I am really happy with the debut," Negredo, who was brought into the squad to replace Villa on Tuesday, told Spanish radio. "It was the happiest day of my life and I will never forget it."

    Spain's final match in the group is against Bosnia in Zenica on Wednesday.