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Spain 4-1 Russia



Fans head through security

Spain 4-1 Russia: As kick-off approaches, fans of both sides begin arriving at Innsbruck's picturesque Stadion Tivoli Neu

A Spain and a Russia fan show off their costumes

Some supporters go to a real effort to get dressed up for the occasion as they attempt to generate a sea of colour in the stands

The teams take the pitch in Innsbruck

A storm breaks shortly before the start creating a wet surface for the two sets of players to contend with

Casillas clears for Spain

An early chance goes Russia's way but goalkeeper Iker Casillas successfully clears with a determined punch

Pavlyuchenko looks to take control of the ball

Roman Pavlyuchenko, scorer against England in qualifying, tests Spain's defence with a couple of dangerous runs down the left

Villa and Torres celebrate the opening goal

The deadlock is broken in the 20th minute when Fernando Torres (right) unselfishly sets up David Villa (left) to roll the ball home

Villa beats Igor Akinfeev

Guus Hiddink's side go close to equalising but are made to rue their missed chances when Villa scores a second just before half-time

Fabregas comes on for Spain

With the second half still in its infancy, manager Luis Aragones opts to replace the influential Torres with Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas

Sergio Ramos and Diniyar Bilyaletdinov in action

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has a long-range effort go wide as Russia fail to make the best of the half-chances that come their way

Casillas makes a save

The industrious Pavlyuchenko also tries his luck from distance but finds Casillas well positioned to gather his shot

Villa and Santiago Cazorla celebrate

Again they are made to pay for their profligacy when Villa holds off Roman Shirokov before beating Igor Akinfeev for his hat-trick

Pavlyuchenko scores for Russia

The goal fails to kill off Russia who are thrown a lifeline in the 86th minute when Pavlyuchenko heads home from a corner

Fabregas scores for Spain

Hiddink's side almost have a second before a Villa-lead break finishes with Fabregas heading a fourth after Xavi's shot is parried

Fabregas celebrates his goal

The goal is his first at international level and completes an impressive victory for Spain who next play Sweden in Innsbruck on Saturday




see also
Spain v Russia
08 May 08 |  Euro 2008


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