5 Things We Learned from Spain's World Cup Win over Finland

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5 Things We Learned from Spain's World Cup Win over Finland
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Spain moved three points clear at the top of their qualifying group and one step closer to Brazil next summer with a 2-0 win over Finland in Helsinki.

Without a number of regulars—Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Xabi Alonso were among those missing—there was still a familiar feel to the La Roja side which set up camp outside the host's area.

The visitor's pressure eventually paid off when Jordi Alba popped up in a striker's position to cleverly give Spain the lead in the first half.

Counter-attacks here and there briefly roused the home crowd, but Spain's domination of possession eventually paid off when Jesus Navas and Alvaro Negredo, both off the bench, combined for the latter to add the second score.

News of France's goalless draw with Georgia was further good news for Spain, on what turned out to be a more than satisfactory evening at the top of Group I.

Here are some of the main talking points to develop from the win.

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