Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Match 7 : Spain vs Russia : Report

Well since I wasn't able to catch this game LIVE! I would only report from what I've read and the goals that I saw.
Its interesting to see how Fabregas didn't start the game and was on the bench until the 54th minute.Actually a brave move by Luis Aragones.
The game looked quite a potential with Spain being one of the major contenders for the Champions(aren't they always but just like England they falter?!) and Gus Hiddink as the manager for Russia.It would certainly be a battle of tactics but as it turns out Spain was too good for the Russians.
Villa opened the scoring in the 20th minute,tapping the ball in an open net after fabulous play from Fernando Torres(interesting partnership,eh for Liverpool fans?).
Just before half time Villa had doubled Spain's lead after a perfectly timed through ball from Iniesta to slip the ball under the keeper.
Villa completed his hat-trick and Spain were comfortably placed now after losing his marker beautifully to make it 3-0 to Spain.
Russia got a consolation goal in the 86th minute through Pavluchenko but it proved to be too little too late for Russia.
Fabregas paid dividends to his late inclusion after a diving header from close range in the 90th minute.
Spain win 4-1 and a very impressive performance by Villa.Is the Villa-Torres partnership something Spain can rely upon in the long run as they play the qualifying teams from Group C(the group of death!) ??



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