• FT

    Kazakhstan

    0

    Austria

    0

  • FT

    Croatia

    2

    Latvia

    0

  • FT

    Georgia

    1

    Greece

    2

  • FT

    Germany

    3

    Belgium

    1

  • FT

    Malta

    0

    Israel

    2

  • FT

    Turkey

    1

    Azerbaijan

    0

  • FT

    Macedonia

    1

    Slovakia

    1

  • FT

    Rep of Ire

    2

    Armenia

    1

  • FT

    Russia

    6

    Andorra

    0

  • FT

    Albania

    1

    Romania

    1

  • FT

    Hungary

    0

    Finland

    0

  • FT

    Moldova

    4

    San Marino

    0

  • FT

    Bulgaria

    0

    Wales

    1

  • FT

    Denmark

    2

    Portugal

    1

  • FT

    Norway

    3

    Cyprus

    1

  • FT

    Sweden

    3

    Netherlands

    2

  • FT

    Switzerland

    2

    Montenegro

    0

  • FT

    Italy

    3

    N Ireland

    0

  • FT

    Lithuania

    1

    Czech Rep

    4

  • FT

    Slovenia

    1

    Serbia

    0

  • FT

    Spain

    3

    Scotland

    1

  • FT

    France

    1

    Bosnia-Herz

    1

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFYING

Jose Rico Perez, Spain

Referee: Stefan Johannesson | Attendance: 24896

* Local time based on your geographic location.

Spain

  • David Silva 6'
  • David Silva 44'
  • David Villa 54'

3 - 1

FT

Scotland

  • David Goodwillie 66' PEN

Scotland crash out

Scotland's Euro 2012 hopes ended in Alicante tonight as they were outclassed by

all-conquering Spain at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez.

Craig Levein's side needed an unlikely win over the reigning world and European

champions to guarantee them a play-off spot in Group I or at least match Czech

Republic's result in Lithuania.

However, a first-half double from David Silva was a testament to the home

side's superiority - and the Czechs streaked into a three-goal interval lead

themselves.

David Villa netted Spain's third goal in the 54th minute to end any semblance

of a contest before Scotland substitute David Goodwillie scored a consolation

goal from the spot after Victor Valdes had fouled Craig Mackail-Smith.

However, with the Czech Republic completing a 4-1 win over Lithuania, it was

all over for the Scots.

Mackail-Smith passed a fitness test on a back problem and was chosen to lead

the line again as Levein kept the same starting XI.

Skipper Darren Fletcher overcame an ankle knock while fellow midfielder Barry

Bannan played with a strapping on his Achilles injury.

The world and European champions were looking for a perfect qualification

campaign and included star names such as Silva, Xavi and Villa - although

Fernando Torres was dropped to the bench.

A huge travelling support gave the Scots encouragement but, as expected, Spain

kept the ball almost from the first whistle as the visitors chased shadows.

It took only six minutes for Spain to take the lead from an attack down the

left, Villa setting up defender Jordi Alba - who cut the ball back for Silva to

sweep the ball low past goalkeeper Allan McGregor.

Scotland stuttered then responded and moments later Bannan's cross from the

right to the far post just evaded the stretching Steven Naismith.

In the 12th minute, as Spain reasserted themselves, midfielder Santi Cazorla

drove at the Scots defence before sending in a low drive which McGregor grabbed

at the second attempt, moments before the Rangers man made another save, this

time from Pedro's shot.

Scotland had their best chance of the half when Naismith's backheader found

Fletcher - but the Manchester United midfielder volleyed over from 12 yards.

McGregor had to dive low to his right to tip a powerful drive from Villa away

for a corner, which the Scots survived.

Four minutes from the break the Rangers keeper made a great save from Cazorla,

but with a minute remaining Silva worked a one-two with Pedro before driving low

past McGregor for Spain's second goal.

Mackail-Smith had a snapshot at the start of the second half which went

straight to Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes - but it was simply a precursor to

more misery for the Scots.

Moments later Naismith gave the ball away deep in defence, allowing Pedro to

set up Silva for a shot which went high and wide.

In the 54th minute the Scottish defence was cut open again and this time Silva

set up Villa who, from 14 yards, calmly slotted the ball past McGregor for

number three.

Just past the hour mark Bannan had an effort from the edge of the box easily

saved by Valdes, before McGregor made yet another save from Villa.

In the 66th minute, Scotland were awarded a penalty when Valdes fouled

Mackail-Smith and substitute David Goodwillie scored his first international

goal from the spot.

Six minutes later Goodwillie had a great chance to set up an exciting finish

when Alan Hutton knocked on a McGregor goal-kick - but the Blackburn striker's

shot went over the bar.

However, Spain finished as they started and they almost got a fourth goal in

the 83rd minute when Cazorla's chipped shot over McGregor landed on the roof of

the net.

Scoring Summary

  • Spain
  • Scotland
(pen 66') David Goodwillie

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Scotland
15(8) Shots (on goal) 6(3)
7 Fouls 9
9 Corner kicks 5
3 Offsides 3
67% Time of Possession 33%
1 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0
3 Saves 6

Teams

  • Spain
  • Scotland
Substitutes
Substitutions
Yellow Cards
Sergio Ramos (37')