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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

ONO Estadi, Spain

Referee: Laurent Duhamel | Attendance: 20000

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Spain

  • Andrés Iniesta 81'

1 - 0

FT

Spain 1-0 Iceland: Iniesta eases Spanish pressure

PALMA DE MALLORCA, Spain, March 28 (Reuters) - A late Andres Iniesta strike gave Spain a 1-0 win over Iceland at rain-soaked Son Moix to boost their Euro 2008 qualifying hopes on Wednesday.

A dominant Spain looked as though they might be frustrated

after some superb saves from inspired Iceland goalkeeper Arni

Arason who stopped everything the home side could throw at him.

But just as Spain appeared to be running out of ideas,

Barcelona midfielder Iniesta finally broke the deadlock when he

fired home at the near post 11 minutes from time.

The victory lifted Spain, who beat Denmark 2-1 at the

Bernabeu on Saturday, into third place in Group F.

They are three points behind Sweden and four adrift of

leaders Northern Ireland, who beat the Swedes 2-1 on Wednesday

and have played a game more than their closest rivals.

"We went hard for the win especially in the second half but

it was difficult to break them down," Iniesta told Spanish

television. "But in the end we achieved our objective which was

to get six points from these two games."

The match was preceded by four hours of torrential rain and

both sides found it difficult to keep control of the ball as it

skidded off the sodden surface.

Spain began by probing for gaps in the crowded Iceland

defence, but as the deluge continued it became increasingly

difficult to play any fluent football.

Striker David Villa hit the top of the bar with a long-range

effort from wide on the right and his Valencia team mate David

Silva forced a sharp block from Arason with a fierce drive soon

after.

Arason then produced a brilliant one-handed reflex save to

stop defender Olafur Bjarnason putting the ball into his own net

late in the first half and came to the rescue again before the

break with another sharp stop to deny Villa.

A defence-obsessed Iceland, who had lost their previous

three qualifiers, rarely ventured into the Spain half, their

only real chance in the first period coming when Bjarnason

lashed wide of the post after a corner.

Striker Fernando Torres, who replaced the injured Fernando

Morientes late in the first half, had two penalty appeals turned

down after the break when he went down in the area.

Spain kept plugging away but again came up against Arason

who produced top-drawer saves to stop shots from Miguel Angel

Angulo and Iniesta.

The keeper finally looked to have relented when he spilled a

shot from Villa and Silva poked the loose ball into the net, but

the midfielder's goal was disallowed for a foul on the keeper.

Two minutes later they finally got the breakthrough. Iniesta

darted into the area to meet a sharp through ball from Villa and

then blasted a fierce shot past Arason at the near post.

Scoring Summary

  • Spain
  • Iceland
 

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Iceland
27(16) Shots (on goal) 3(1)
8 Fouls 14
20 Corner kicks 1
4 Offsides 2
53% Time of Possession 47%
0 Yellow Cards 0
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 11

Teams

  • Spain
  • Iceland
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