Zentralstadion, Leipzig, Germany

Referee: Massimo Busacca | Attendance: 43000

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  • Xabi Alonso 13'
  • David Villa 17'
  • David Villa 48' PEN
  • Fernando Torres 81'

4 - 0


Game 15

  • 93'

    Ukraine are put out of their misery. Xabi Alonso, Villa (2) and Torres with the goals for hugely impressive Spain. Vashchuk was unfortunate to be sent off for Ukraine and it couldn't have gone much worse for them.

  • 92'

    Rebrov finds Shevchenko onside, he cuts inside a couple and then his shot is blocked. It's not his day.

  • 91'

    Pablo himself heads away the corner, Torres chases a long ball but Shovkovskiy comes out to hack clear.

  • 90'

    Casillas comes out of his box needlessly, loses a header to Voronin, who closes out on goal - but Pablo gets back to make a vital covering tackle.

  • 88'

    Spain counter-attack, Senna finds Albelda and his near-post curler is well turned away by Shovkovskiy.

  • 88'

    Tymoschuk's cross is deep to Vorobey who cuts inside and strikes his shot well, but straight at Puyol.

  • 87'

    And a rare mistake from Puyol, passing straight into touch. No matter. Torres comes forward, slides Raul through and the keeper had to come out quickly to stop him.

  • 86'

    Raul feeds the ball right to Ramos, who has spent much of the game in the Ukraine half, but that is his worst cross of the game.

  • 85'

    Quick footwork from Raul on the touchline and Spain are in a position to showcase their talent. Fabregas finds Ramos, whose clipped cross is held by Shovkovskiy.

  • 84'

    Nesmachniy concedes possession needlessly and Spain come forward again before the move breaks down.

  • 83'

    And this has been a nightmare start to the World Cup for the Ukraine. No surprise that they look utterly disillusioned now.

  • 82'

    Spain have laid down a marker and, after one game, it feels like they have already won Group H.

  • 81'

    Superb goal, and it owed much to Puyol, carrying the ball out of defence with real confidence. Fine finish, too, from Torres.

  • 80'

    Fine interception by Puyol, strolling out of defence. Then he plays a one-two and picks out Torres, whose first-time shot nestles in the net. Great goal.

  • 80'

    A concern for the Ukraine now as Vorobey needs treatment. Ukraine, already down to 10, can't afford another injury.

  • 79'

    Nesmachniy only succeeds in finding Puyol with his cross.

  • 78'

    A rare wasted pass from Senna gifts the Ukraine a throw.

  • 77'

    Final change for Spain. Luis Garcia departs and Fabregas - with Cesc on his shirt - replaces him.

  • 76'

    Nesmachniy wins an important header as the excellent Pernia looks for Raul with his cross.

  • 76'

    Rebrov aims for Shevchenko, Spain clear as far as Voronin, whose bobbling shot is held by Casillas.

  • 75'

    Voronin's ball is rather deep, Shevchenko goes down under Ramos' challenge and wins a free kick near the corner flag.

  • 74'

    Great reverse ball from Raul to Ramos whose connects with his shot with greater power than direction.

  • 73'

    Vorobey gets wide, puts in a low cross and Rebrov, given a great chance, puts his shot over the bar. A waste.

  • 71'

    Now Xavi spreads play nicely to Ramos, who picks out Torres at the back post. He chests the ball down, but can't quite react quickly enough to shoot.

  • 70'

    Shevchenko's frustrating afternoon continues as he collides with Pablo while chasing a long pass.

  • 68'

    They do here, now, and Raul gets a header in on goal, but straight at Shovkovskiy.

  • 68'

    It couldn't be much easier for Spain. Their passing is excellent, they are exploiting their one-man advantage and, of course, they no longer need to attack.

  • 67'

    Garcia claims a corner, but the referee rules that he didn't keep a Torres pass in first.

  • 66'

    Voronin, energetic again, hplds the ball up but Vorobey's deep cross is some way behind Shevchenko.

  • 65'

    Xavi takes it, it is headed out at the near post to Senna, whose stunning strike flies into the net - but the referee had given a free kick for Ramos' touch challenge on Tymoschuk at the near post.

  • 64'

    Spain, meanwhile, have a free kick 25 yards out. Senna lines it up, but his shot takes a touch off the wall and goes wide.

  • 64'

    Ukraine's final change - Rotan comes off and Sergii Rebrov is on, presumably to play wide on the right.

  • 63'

    Ramos rolls in a pass, Raul dummies cleverly but Rusol intercepts before it can reach Torres.

  • 62'

    Voronin has looked Ukraine's brightest player in attack, but there are few other positives for them at this stage.

  • 61'

    And at the other end, Tymoschuk has two shots- both blocked - and then it falls to the lively Voronin on the volley 25 yards out. His dipping shot goes across goal and just past the far post. Unlucky.

  • 61'

    Garcia picks out Raul on the edge of the box, he tees up a volley but it is too close to the keeper.

  • 60'

    Nesmachniy tries to provide some respite for the Ukraine, bringing the ball out of defence, but the move breaks down.

  • 59'

    It hardly matters how fit Shevchenko is - he's isoalted in attack and getting little service.

  • 58'

    Ukraine, no doubt demoralised, are giving the Spain midfield far too much time on the ball.

  • 57'

    Torres wins a free kick by the corner flag, takes it quickly himself, but Xavi's cross is not his best.

  • 56'

    Shevchenko's deep free kick evades everyone. Goal kick for Spain.

  • 56'

    A sign Spain are confident this game is won, that double change.

  • 55'

    A double change for Spain. On come the experienced pair of Raul and Albelda, while the goalscorers Villa and Xabi Alonso get a rest.

  • 54'

    There are few teams who have looked better in possession than Spain so far this World Cup. Their midfield trio, in particular, have excelled.

  • 53'

    And spare a thought for the dismissed Vashchuk, whose World Cup could be over already.

  • 52'

    Now Torres is on the burst, he skips away from Yezerskiy, who trips him - yellow card.

  • 51'

    Now Sennas comes forward with intent, he finds Garcia who toepokes it on to the unmarked Villa. Chance for a hat-trick - and Shovkovskiy denies him with a save with his foot.

  • 51'

    Ukraine are now playing with a back three and it's safe to say 3-4-2 wasn't Blokhin's ideal formation.

  • 49'

    The impressive Pernia picks out Torres with a long pass, but Ukraine manage to dispossess him.

  • 49'

    And surely now, there is no way back for Ukraine. There was a tug from Vaschuk, but it was not enough to stop Torres from shooting - so it clearly did not prevent a goalscoring opportunity.

  • 48'

    Villa drills it into the bottom corner, though Shovkovskiy got a hand to it. His second goal and it is 3-0 after that decidedly generous penalty.

  • 47'

    But the referee gives a penalty and brandishes a red card at Vaschuk. He was the defender up against Torres, but did little wrong.

  • 47'

    But now Torres is onside and through on goal, but his shot is blocked

  • 46'

    Great start from Vorobey, who beats two on a really positive run, even though his cross only finds Puyol.

  • 46'

    Ukraine make their move - a double change from Blokhin. On come Shelayev and Vorobey. Spain, with no need to make any changes, have the same 11. Gusev and Gusin, by they way, have gone off.

  • 45'

    Half time, and it couldn't have gone much better for Spain. Xabi Alonso and Villa with the goals and they look very comfortable. All Ukraine have to reflect upon is a couple of dubous offside decisions.

  • 44'

    Torres finds Villa on the burst, he squeezes out a shot and Shovkovskiy saves it with his foot.

  • 44'

    Offside again - this time it's Shevchenko, and it looks a clearer decision. Spain do have a high defensive line, though

  • 43'

    And he is again, this time in a much more promising position as Shevchenko finds him - and that looked a harsh decision. Casillas saved his shot anyway.

  • 42'

    Voronin is caught offside as he looks to meet a long pass

  • 41'

    Good interception from Pernia who looks for Villa with an early ball. He turns back and looks for Garcia, but only finds an opponent.

  • 40'

    All too easy for Spain, who are in cruise control in the midfield before Gusin brings down Garcia.

  • 38'

    Rotan is found by Tymoschuk, but he can'g get away from Ramos.

  • 37'

    A real test for Oleg Blokhin at half-time. Can he change things? If not, there seems no way back for the Ukraine.

  • 37'

    Now Gusev does get the ball and the chance to cross, but he can only find Ramos.

  • 35'

    And at the other end, Ramos picks out Torres with a long pass, he beats his man, but his cross-shot finds no one.

  • 35'

    Vaschcuk spreads play to Gusev wide on the right, but he is unable to keep the ball in

  • 34'

    This is on the left. Xavi comes over for the in-swinger, Torres meets it with a firm header and it flashes over the bar.

  • 34'

    Xavi takes it on the right. He goes deep, Pablo wins the header and, from a Garcia cross, Spain get another corner.

  • 33'

    Torres and Garcia's quickfire one-two results in Nesmachniy conceding a corner.

  • 32'

    But can Voronin change that? No, his scuffed shot is simple for Casillas to gather.

  • 32'

    At the risk of junmping the gun, it appears Spain have guaranteed their qualification for the last 16 within half an hour.

  • 31'

    Villa is played through by Senna, but for once his touch lets him down.

  • 30'

    Gusev finds Yezerskiy in acres of room on the right, but given chance to cross his delivery is really poor.

  • 29'

    Gusev's cross is deep and aimed at Voronin. A stretching Ramos heads it away.

  • 28'

    Shevchenko gets the ball for the first time in ages... and trips over it, and then fouls Puyol. It rather sums up Ukraine's day so far.

  • 27'

    The overlapping Ramos gets past his man and Torres heads wide at the back post. It's all Spain right now.

  • 26'

    Xavi releases Torres in the inside left channel, he works it on to Luis Garcia, who cuts inside but hits the defender with his shot.

  • 24'

    The Spanish midfield trio are absolutely dominant. Ramos, a beneficiary, goes for a shot from 40 yards. No shock as it sails over.

  • 24'

    Little darting run from Savi at the base of the midfield and Spain work the ball down the right with Ramos and Senna, looking very comfortable now.

  • 23'

    Long ball from Ramos finds Torres at full stretch, but he can't quite control the cross.

  • 22'

    Possession for Ukraine at the back, but Spain are content to sit off them there and then crowd them out in the midfield.

  • 21'

    Fine ball from Xavi to release Pernia down the left. His cross is just too high for Torres.

  • 19'

    So Alonso and Villa with the goals and Aragones' selection is being justified.

  • 18'

    It doesn't get any better for Ukraine as a long ball is very comfortable for Casillas.

  • 18'

    A deflection from the wall wrongfooted the Ukraine keeper, and this is a superb start for Spain.

  • 18'

    IT'S VILLA AND IT'S 2-0 - a curling free kick that Shovkovskiy got nowhere near.

  • 17'

    Shooting chance for Spain and several would-be set-piece specialists are behind it.

  • 16'

    Xavi takes it, it is half-cleared to Pablo who is fouled as he shoots. Yellow card for Rusol.

  • 16'

    Senna feeds the ball in and Torres goes for the header from distance. Another corner.

  • 15'

    It looked as though both Garcia and Alonso claimed it, but the goal has been credited to the latter.

  • 14'

    Xavi took the corner and Garcia, though by no means the tallest, met it at the near post, though Alonso was also there - and in fact, he has been credited with the final touch - Alonso's goal.

  • 13'

    BUT SPAIN SCORE FROM THE CORNER. Garcia heads in a corner at the near post.

  • 13'

    Senna strolls infield, lets fly and Shovkovskiy has to be alert to tip over.

  • 12'

    Villa goes for the shot at the other end, but a deflection really takes the sting out of his effort.

  • 12'

    Then Tymoschuk looks for Shevchenko who is behind the Spain defence... and probably wrongly given offside.

  • 11'

    Voronin whips in a first-time ball towards Shevchenko and Puyol reacts well to head clear.

  • 11'

    A long ball from Rusol only finds the advancing Casillas, who claims.

  • 10'

    Spain's formation is fairly narrow so Ukraine may already be looking to the flanks for joy, but the best Spanish moves have stemmed from swift passing through the middle.

  • 9'

    Rotan is flagged offside as Shevchenko steers a pass through to him.

  • 8'

    Villa does find Garcia this time with a little flick, the Liverpool man meets it, accelerates and fires over from an acute angle.

  • 8'

    Ramos sets off on a run and picks out Villa, but he can't find Garcia with a flick.

  • 7'

    Vaschuk's ball asks rather too much of the chasing Shevchenko. Goal kick.

  • 6'

    Xavi takes the corner and Shovkovskiy comes out quickly to punch.

  • 6'

    Pernia picks out Torres with a pass down the touchline, he evades two and then Yezerskiy intervenes at the cost of a corner.

  • 5'

    Rotan takes, Yezerskiy meets it at the far post with a firm header, but he can't keep it down.

  • 5'

    Pablo climbs over Voronin and Ukraine have a free kick in the Spanish half.

  • 4'

    Torres on the right finds Ramos, who pulls it back to Xavi on the edge of the box. He can shoot - but he gets the direction wrong and it goes wide.

  • 3'

    Two strong challenges from Xabi Alonso in the midfield before Puyol is fouled.

  • 2'

    Ukraine come forward for the first time, but Shevchenko loses out.

  • 1'

    Pernia sweeps the ball forward but Shovkovskiy is quickly out from his goal to claim.

  • 1'

    The Spanish are content to give everyone a fee of the ball in the early stages.

  • 1'

    Spain get the game underway with their new-look strike force of Villa and Torres.


    Ukraine have never been here before. Spain have, and they've usually left branded underachievers. But they are arguably the favourites to progress from Group H.


    Andriy Shevchenko is fit for Ukraine's first ever World Cup match, while Raul starts on the bench for Spain. Spain: Casillas, Pernia, Puyol, Sergio Ramos, Pablo, Xavi, Alonso, Senna, Luis Garcia, Villa, Torres. Subs: Albelda, Antonio Lopez, Canizares, Fabregas, Iniesta, Joaquin, Juanito, Marchena, Raul, Reina, Reyes, Salgado. Ukraine: Shovkovskiy, Nesmachniy, Yezerskiy, Rusol, Vashchuk, Tymoschuk, Gusev, Gusin, Rotan, Shevchenko, Voronin. Subs: Byelik, Chigrynskiy, Kalinichenko, Milevski

Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Spain

  • 19(11)

  • -

  • 9

  • 50%


  • Ukraine

  • 6(3)

  • -

  • 12

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Ukraine
19(11) Shots (on goal) 6(3)
9 Fouls 12
7 Corner kicks 1
0 Offsides 9
50% Time of Possession 50%
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 1
5 Saves 9

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