Spain vs. Belarus: Live Score, Highlights, Recap
World Cup Qualification: Spain vs. Belarus
11 October 2013
Iberostar Stadium, Palma
Referee: Bas Nijhuis (Netherlands)
SPAIN 2-1 BELARUS (61' Xavi, 78' Negredo; 89' Kornilenko)
Spain XI: Valdes; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Monreal; Busquets, Xavi, Silva; Pedro, Michu, Fabregas
Belarus XI: Gutor; Filipenko, Martynovich, Verkhovtsov; Tigorev, Dragun; Balanovich, Bordachev; Kalachev, Zhavnerchik, Putilo
FT: Spain 2-1 Belarus
90+3' Negredo hacked to the ground by Verkhovtsov, who goes into the book. Should only be seconds left here.
2-1 Belarus get a goal back [from where Ramos should maybe have been guarding] Nice finish from ex-Blackpool star Kornilenko...— Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) October 11, 2013
89' GOAL BELARUS! Kornilenko found himself in decent space after accepting Krivets' pass, and he held off the challenge of Busquets before beating Valdes inside the far post!
87' Bordachev, who has been one of Belarus' better players, crosses from the right but it's deflected out for a corner. Negredo clears the ensuing delivery.
84' Koke has replaced Fabregas for Spain.
83' Valdes makes his first save of the night. Kislyak, having just replaced Martynovich, with a harmless effort from about 16 yards.
Cross from Ramos for Negredo's goal was delicious. Inch-perfect. Spain up 2-0.— Jason deVos (@jasondevos) October 11, 2013
78' GOAL SPAIN! Negredo doubles the hosts' lead! The Manchester City man dove to head Ramos' well-placed cross into goal. Pedro also deserves mention for his no-look, back-heel pass to Ramos on the buildup.
77' Kornilenko has replaced Putsila for Belarus.
76' Ramos cross tipped away by the toe of a defender to the substitute Kivets. Looks like Kornilenko will be coming on for the guests shortly.
74' Spain playing from the back following a short Valdes pass. In three or four minutes they'll probably have taken the ball into the attacking third.
Xavi to the rescue. Mallorca a special place for him of course - Barcelona first team debut and first goal here (August 1998).— David (@davidjaca) October 11, 2013
70' Spain at 80% possession but have nevertheless managed only a single shot on target since the restart. That shot, of course, was the Xavi opener.
69' Kalachev down holding his left calf. Collided with Arbeloa. Should be able to walk it off.
67' Ramos penalized for pulling an opponent's shirt in the middle of the pitch. Belarus trying to be slightly more adventurous now, but they're struggling to bring the ball out of their own half.
Xavi gets goal, Spain find a way through at last— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) October 11, 2013
61' GOAL SPAIN! Xavi finally opens the scoring for the hosts. Pique cut the ball back to Silva from deep on the left, but Filipenko got a head on it and put it right in Xavi's path. The Barcelona maestro ran onto it and hammered it into the back of the net.
Meanwhile, Krivets has replaced Rodionov up top for Belarus.
59' Pedro plays what looks to be a dangerous cross from the right but Martynovich heads it behind the goal for a corner.
57' Michu ran himself offside there. And it's the Swansea man's final act of the match as he's replaced by Negredo.
54' Bordachev, who has had a running battle with Pedro all night, finally picks up a booking for his latest hack on the Barcelona attacker.
53' Silva feeds the ball to Fabregas, but the defender (Filipenko?) was on hand to kick it off his feet almost immediately.
51' Negrego and Navas both warming up. Meanwhile Michu attempts to volley a corner-kick into goal but skies his effort.
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