• FT

    Kazakhstan

    2

    Serbia

    1

  • FT

    Faroe Island

    0

    Ukraine

    2

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    Rep of Ire

    1

    Wales

    0

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    Scotland

    2

    Georgia

    1

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    Albania

    0

    Slovenia

    0

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    Luxembourg

    1

    Belarus

    2

  • FT

    Cyprus

    1

    Slovakia

    3

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    Lithuania

    0

    France

    1

  • FT

    Moldova

    1

    Malta

    1

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    Poland

    5

    Azerbaijan

    0

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    Estonia

    0

    Russia

    2

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    Israel

    0

    England

    0

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    Norway

    1

    Bosnia-Herz

    2

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    Croatia

    2

    Macedonia

    1

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    Liechtenstei

    1

    N Ireland

    4

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    Greece

    1

    Turkey

    4

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    Netherlands

    0

    Romania

    0

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    Czech Rep

    1

    Germany

    2

  • FT

    Portugal

    4

    Belgium

    0

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    Spain

    2

    Denmark

    1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Santiago Bernabeu, Spain

Referee: Massimo Busacca | Attendance: 80000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Spain

  • Fernando Sanchez Morientes 34'
  • David Villa 45' +1'

2 - 1

FT

Denmark

  • Michael Gravgaard 49'

Spain 2-1 Denmark: Spaniards hold on

MADRID, March 24 (Euro 2008 Qualifying) - Spain gave their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign a major boost on Saturday night with a crucial victory against 10-man Denmark at the Bernabeu.

Valencia duo Fernando Morientes, with his 27th international strike, and David

Villa netted first-half goals as Spain moved onto six points with only their

second win in four Group F matches.

Denmark, who were unbeaten in their three qualifiers, pulled a goal back just

after half-time through Michael Gravgaard but they could not add to that as a

nervy Spain held on for a vital three points.

The Danes enjoyed the better of the opening excahanges, with Dennis Rommedahl

and Daniel Agger both trying their luck early on, before two clumsy challenges

from Niclas Jensen saw the momentum swing Spain's way.

Jensen had only just been booked three minutes earlier when he scythed down

Villa to earn his second yellow card, and an early bath.

That came in just the 20th minute, and Spain made sure the numerical advantage

did not go to waste thanks to goals from Morientes and Villa.

Morientes opened the scoring in the 33rd minute after cleverly turning inside

Agger and slotting past Thomas Sorensen, before Villa made it 2-0 on the stroke

of half-time with another clinical finish.

The players left the pitch at the interval to a carnival atmosphere at a

buoyant Bernabeu, with the home fans delighted with their side's first-half

display in this vital encounter.

However, it was the turn of the visiting supporters to celebrate at the start

of the second period when Denmark pulled a goal back through Gravgaard just four

minutes after the re-start.

Daniel Jensen rattled the post with a 25-yard strike before, in the same

attack, Gravgaard headed home a long throw-in into the box.

That was just the setback Spain would have been desperate to avoid having

ended the opening 45 minutes in relative comfort.

Denmark pushed men forward in search of the equaliser after that, but despite

peppering the Spain penalty area with crosses late on, Luis Aragones' men were

able to claim the spoils.

Scoring Summary

  • Spain
  • Denmark

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Denmark
12(3) Shots (on goal) 6(2)
9 Fouls 7
4 Corner kicks 3
6 Offsides 0
49% Time of Possession 51%
4 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 1
3 Saves 2

Teams

  • Spain
  • Denmark
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