Defending Champions Spain remain unbeaten in Euro 2012

Posted on by SoccerPunter

World and European champions Spain remained unbeaten atop Group I of Euro 2012 qualifying with a 3-1 victory over Lithuania here on Tuesday.

Goals from Xavi and Juan Manuel Mata sandwiched an own goal by Tadas Kijanskas to hand the Spaniards their fifth win from five games, although the hosts had briefly drawn level with a wonder strike by Marius Stankevicius.

“It was important to win today despite the lamentable state of the pitch,” said Spain midfielder Xavi. “It’s just sand, it’s sad to see a pitch like that. You can’t play football here.

“But we’re happy. We have a foot and a half in the Euro,” he told Telecinco. “They played on the counter-attack and we tried not to fall into their trap.”

All the pre-game talk had been of the poor quality of the pitch, with Spain coach Vicente del Bosque even going as far as saying he would prefer his side not to play the match due to the woeful state of the playing surface.

But the two teams seemed unaffected on the pitch, with Spain opening the scoring in the 20th minute when Xavi’s dipping shot took a wicked deflection off a defender to loop past goalkeeper Zydrunas Karcemarskas.

But Lithuania battled well against the winners of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and hit back in the 57th minute through Stankevicius.

The Valencia defender capitalised on a poor clearance from the penalty area to drill a right-footed volley straight and hard past despairing Spain captain Iker Casillas in goal.

Xabi Alonso then saw his well-struck 65th-minute free-kick magnificently tipped over the bar by Karcemarskas.

Although Spain were not dominating midfield, a slip-up by the hosts saw Mata played in down the left.

The Valencia forward drove into the area and crossed perfectly into the path of Fernando Llorente.

But the Athletic Bilbao striker was beaten to it by the misjudged knee of fast-approaching defender Tadas Kijanskas, contact from which nudged the ball into the goal.

Spain wrapped up the result when a beautiful one-touch build-up saw David Silva play in Mata, the diminutive winger taking the ball on and beating Karcemarskas at the near post.

Be the first to comment:

Write a detailed comment of at least 350 characters to earn a reward point.
Results and Fixtures

Top Soccer Tipsters
Today Predictions in Tipsters Competition
Unknown blanko12 posts a Over / Under tip on Ufa vs Spartak Moskva
4 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Ufa vs Spartak Moskva
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin
5 minutes ago
Unknown blanko12 posts a Over / Under tip on Ufa vs Spartak Moskva
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Ufa vs Spartak Moskva
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Ufa vs Spartak Moskva
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on NorthEast United vs Chennaiyin
5 minutes ago
Unknown goalbuster posts a Over/Under - 1st Half tip on Ufa vs Spartak Moskva
5 minutes ago
News Headlines
Superior H2H Statistics
H2H Home Team Advantage
H2H Away Team Advantage
Top Football Clubs
Worst Football Clubs
Teams Home Win 100%
Good Home Teams
Poor Away Teams
Platinum Membership Testimonial

Top Singles Tipsters
In-Form Tipsters
Out of Form Tipsters
Tipsters Competition
Tipsters Competition Review
Membership
Soccer Predictions
Soccer Tips
 

Be a fan of our Twitter and Facebook Page
Soccer Analysis
Arbitrage

Arbitrage Picks

Arbitrage is an effective way to make guaranteed profits without losing your money.

Soccer Statistics H2H

Soccer Statistics

Analyze soccer matches, inclusive of past results, head to head stats, today match fixtures, live soccer odds, players and team form.

Livescore

Livescore

Check the latest and fastest live score results for all football matches. Know who are the goalscorers, yellow card and red card offenders.

Soccer Bet Help
Pick a Country or Region

Get the listings of soccer leagues and competitions for each region, including past seasons results and football statistics.

Match Preview and News

Copyright © 2002-2020 SoccerPunter Pte. Ltd. All rights reserved.