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    2

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EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Rheinpark Stadion

Referee: Nikolai Ivanov | Attendance: 5739

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Spain

  • David Villa 8'
  • David Villa 14'

Liechtenstein 0-2 Spain: Villa the killer

VADUZ, June 6 (Reuters) - Striker David Villa scored a neatly taken double to earn Spain a 2-0 Euro 2008 qualifier win away to Liechtenstein that lifted them into second place in Group F on Wednesday.

Villa put Spain ahead in the eighth minute when he slotted

home from a tight angle after rounding the keeper and took his

tally to 12 goals in 23 games with a spectacular overhead kick

soon after.

Villa's early goals were rare bright spots in an otherwise

intermittent performance from Spain and the striker spurned the

chance to complete a hat-trick when he fired an injury-time

penalty against the post.

The win, Spain's fourth in a row in Group F, left them on 15

points from seven matches, one behind Sweden who crushed Iceland

5-0 in Stockholm.

The Swedes, however, could be awarded all three points from

Saturday's match against Denmark which was abandoned with the

score at 3-3 after a Danish fan attacked the referee.

Liechtenstein had notched up a win and a draw in their last

two qualifiers, but they were caught cold by Spain with Villa

striking twice inside the opening 15 minutes.

Villa scored a coolly taken first when he raced on to a

perfectly weighted through pass from Cesc Fabregas, drew keeper

Peter Jehle and slotted home with his left foot from a tight

angle.

He added a second six minutes later, this time finding the

back of the net with a clever, angled overhead kick after

Valencia team mate David Silva had clipped the ball across the

area from the goalline.

Liechtenstein rarely gave Spain keeper Pepe Reina anything

to worry about, midfielder Franz Burgmeier coming closest to

pulling a goal back when he hit the woodwork with a dangerous

curling shot from 20 metres.

Spain had plenty of chances to extend their lead, but Villa

wasted two great opportunities to complete his hat-trick in the

dying minutes.

First he fluffed his control as he tried to round Jehle when

he was put in the clear five minutes from time and then slammed

a penalty against the post after the keeper had brought him

down.

Scoring Summary

  • Liechtenstein
  • Spain
 

Match Stats

  • Liechtenstein
  • Spain
7(3) Shots (on goal) 19(7)
15 Fouls 11
2 Corner kicks 11
1 Offsides 0
36% Time of Possession 64%
4 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
7 Saves 3

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  • Liechtenstein
  • Spain
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