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    Kazakhstan

    2

    Belgium

    2

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    Andorra

    0

    Croatia

    6

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    Finland

    0

    Poland

    0

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    Slovakia

    2

    Wales

    5

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    Cyprus

    3

    San Marino

    0

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    Lithuania

    2

    Faroe Island

    1

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    Norway

    2

    Greece

    2

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    Bulgaria

    3

    Luxembourg

    0

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    Turkey

    3

    Hungary

    0

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    Slovenia

    1

    Belarus

    0

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    Bosnia-Herz

    0

    Moldova

    1

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    Denmark

    4

    Liechtenstei

    0

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    Iceland

    2

    N Ireland

    1

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    Czech Rep

    1

    Rep of Ire

    0

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    Macedonia

    1

    Estonia

    1

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    Albania

    0

    Netherlands

    1

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    Ukraine

    1

    Italy

    2

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    England

    3

    Russia

    0

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    France

    0

    Scotland

    1

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    Portugal

    1

    Serbia

    1

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    Spain

    2

    Latvia

    0

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Referee: Alon Yefet | Attendance: 25000

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Spain

  • Xavi 13'
  • Fernando Torres 86'

2 - 0

FT

Spain 2-0 Latvia: Xavi and Torres seal win

OVIEDO, Spain, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Spain laboured to a 2-0 home win over Latvia to join Sweden at the top of Group F in their Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.

Barcelona midfielder Xavi opened the scoring after 13

minutes but Spain struggled to add to the score against

technically inferior, though well-organised, opposition.

It was not until five minutes from time that striker

Fernando Torres pounced for the second to secure the result.

Spain moved above Northern Ireland into second place, level

on 19 points with Sweden who have a game in hand. Northern

Ireland, who earlier lost 2-1 to Iceland, have 16 points.

'It's clear we are better but we need to prove that on the

pitch,' midfielder David Albelda told Spanish state television.

'The difference on the pitch is not reflected in the scoreline.

We missed a lot of chances.'

Coach Luis Aragones had criticised his players for their

poor start in the 1-1 draw away to Iceland on Saturday, and they

responded with a bright opening in Oviedo.

They moved the ball around quickly and midfielder Xavi set

Torres through on goal after 11 minutes with a defence-splitting

pass but the striker's first touch was poor.

Soon after, Joaquin broke down the right flank beating his

man and crossed low for Xavi to score with a simple tap in.

Having got the early goal they had spoken of, however, Spain

failed to press home the advantage their dominance of possession

should have given them.

In the 36th minute, they were almost caught out when Maris

Verpakovskis just failed to get his foot to a cross, prompting

some whistles from the home fans.

Spain upped the tempo after the break and Joaquin,

substitute Andres Iniesta and Torres all went close.

The relentless pressure paid off at the end when Iniesta

crossed low for Miguel Angel Angulo to shoot. The keeper saved

but Torres was on hand to stick the loose ball home.

Scoring Summary

  • Spain
  • Latvia
Xavi (13')
Fernando Torres (86')
 

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Latvia
23(8) Shots (on goal) 2(0)
7 Fouls 10
9 Corner kicks 0
1 Offsides 1
58% Time of Possession 42%
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 8

Teams

  • Spain
  • Latvia
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