The SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM dominated most of the match with their usual style of touch Football which caused the Czech team to run after the ball & thus open up spaces. The first half hour was 70% Spanish possession & naturally the two goals came within that space of time. Chelsea FC Spanish Forward JUAN MATA scored first in the 6th min & XABI ALONSO got the second in the 22nd from a David Silva pass to the space.
The Czech side reacted, & well, & created some chances which they failed to convert especially a Milan Baros chance that was missed without explanation.
|Spain scores goal|
The 2º half saw a much more relaxed Spain which continued with its style but the Czech side lifted in aggressiveness looking to score. The aggression got out of hand when Hubschman made a terrible tackle on Xabi Alonso in the 69th min that earned him a direct red card. Xabi Alonso was taken off & substituted for Javi Martinez & the Czechs were then onwards down to 10 men.
|Xabi Alonso tackle by Hubschman|
From here the "Czech steam" evaporated & Spain created more chances ( Javi Martinez hit the post ) that unfortunately they missed - or fortunately, for the Czechs. End result, Spanish victory & unbeaten in their Group with Scotland next Tuesday at Alicante (Spain).
The other news was the no-performance of Fernando Torres who was quiet all match & substituted. The Chelsea player had a goal opportunity miraculously saved by Club team-mate Cech but his chances of convincing Spanish Coach Del Bosque that he should be the official Spain Nº9 diminish game after game. Hard to justify that Torres should be considered over Negredo, Llorente or the not called up Valencia CF forward Roberto Soldado if he can´t lift in these occasions. Will Del Bosque give Torres a last chance against Scotland?