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World champions Spain book ticket for Brazil

Oct 15 2013, 8:12pm CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 16 (IANS) Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at home to Georgia Tuesday night.

Madrid, Oct 16 — Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at...

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World champions Spain book ticket for Brazil

Oct 15 2013, 8:12pm CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 16 (IANS) Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at home to Georgia Tuesday night.

Madrid, Oct 16 — Defending World Cup champions Spain assured they will be able to defend their crown in Brazil next summer when they confirmed their place in the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win at home to Georgia Tuesday night.

In a game in which they only needed to draw in order to qualify for the finals the Spanish were in control from start to finish against a side that lacked their technical quality and which set out to defend from the start, Xinhua reported.

Goals in each half: from Alvaro Negredo, who also netted against Belarus Friday, and Juan Mata gave Spain their triumph.

With the game played in Albacete's Carlos Belmonte Stadium, there was no doubt that local boy Andres Iniesta, who scored the goal that took the Spanish to their memorable 2010 triumph, was the man the home fans wanted to see.

Iniesta took his place in midfield alongside his FC Barcelona club-mates Xabi Hernandez and Sergio Busquets, while despite the importance of the game, Del Bosque handed a debut to young defender Alberto Moreno and gave the nod to powerful striker Negredo in attack.

Expecting to play against a packed defence, Del Bosque also started with Pedro and Jesus Navas in an attempt to inject pace into his side's forward line and Naves almost opened the scoring in the fourth minute before being crowded out by the visitors.

With Negredo looking to prove he deserves to be Spain's first choice striker and Pedro using his pace, all of the chances were falling for the home side with the most spectacular a Negredo overhead kick which dropped just wide.

He got his reward after 25 minutes, finishing off a move 'made in Barca' as Pedro and Iniesta combined to allow him a simple finish to put Spain ahead.

He could have doubled the lead five minutes from halftime following a cross from his Manchester City team-mate Navas, but his effort hit the post.

With Spain needing to concede two goals in the second half to miss out, the fans in Albacete were already celebrating as the second half kicked off and qualification was sealed on the hour when Juan Mata, who had replaced Pedro just three minutes earlier, scored his side's second with a neat volley on virtually his first touch of the night.

Georgia showed little sign of reacting to the second goal, indeed they hardly troubled Iker Casillas, who returned in goal ahead of Victor Valdes, all night and for the remaining minutes the chances all fell Spain's way with Iniesta and Negredo both going close, while Navas almost added a third as the Spanish fans' thoughts turned to Brazil.

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Iniesta injuries leg in Barcelona’s loss to Madrid

Oct 25 2014 3:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MADRID, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Andres Iniesta has injured a muscle in his right leg in the 3-1 loss at Real Madrid on Saturday. The club says Iniesta will undergo further tests on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury. Iniesta asked to be substituted in the 71st minute with Barcelona already losing after Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema all scored following Neymar’s opene ...
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Iniesta injuries leg in Barca’s loss to Madrid

Oct 25 2014 3:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MADRID, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Andres Iniesta has injured a muscle in his right leg in the 3-1 loss at Real Madrid on Saturday. The club says Iniesta will undergo further tests on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury. Iniesta asked to be substituted in the 71st minute with Barcelona already losing after Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Be ...
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6 hours ago

Iniesta injuries leg in Barca’s loss to Madrid

Oct 25 2014 3:54pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MADRID, Spain — Barcelona says midfielder Andres Iniesta has injured a muscle in his right leg in the 3-1 loss at Real Madrid on Saturday. The club says Iniesta will undergo further tests on Sunday to determine the extent of the injury. Iniesta asked to be substituted in the 71st minute with Barcelona already losing after Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Karim Benzema all scored following N ...
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Neymar, Messi and Suarez Need to Offer More If Barcelona Are to Challenge Real

Oct 25 2014 1:18pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona have been waiting for months to see their Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar front line, but for the most part it fell flat against Real Madrid on Saturday night. Things started off so well, with Suarez pinging a ball across from right to left, landing at the feet of Neymar. The Brazilian cut inside from his flank and fired into the bottom right corner, past the helpless Iker Casillas. It looked like Luis Enrique and Barcelona's dream start ...
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9 hours ago

Andres Iniesta Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Status and Return

Oct 25 2014 12:40pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

An already bad day for Barcelona in Saturday's El Clasico versus Real Madrid got worse late in the contest, as Andres Iniesta had to leave the pitch with an apparent injury. The club's Twitter account tweeted the incident:Dermot Corrigan suspected the knock to be of the muscle variety:Iniesta limped off with the Catalans losing 3-1 to their hated rivals, a result that would draw Los Blancos to within a point of Barcelona. Obviously, if Iniesta's injury is a serious one it woul ...
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Andres Iniesta substituted in El Clásico with injury

Oct 25 2014 12:27pm CDT | Source: SBNation

El Clásico just keeps getting worse for Barcelona. It's been a tough edition of El Clásico for Andres Iniesta, and it ended on a sour note in the 68th minute. With Barcelona trailing Real Madrid, 3-1, Iniesta picked up an injury and was forced to leave the match. He was replaced by Sergi Roberto. Iniesta picked up the injury in a 50-50 tackle with Madrid midfielder Luka Modric. It appeared that Modric got to ...
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Real spoil Suarez’s Barca debut with Clasico win

Oct 25 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid’s 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling “clasico” match Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a four-month biting ban and set up Neymar to fire in a long strike for a fourth-minute lead at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Ronaldo leveled from the penalty spot in the 35th to end Barcelona’s ...
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11 hours ago

Real spoil Suarez’s Barca debut with Clasico win

Oct 25 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid’s 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling “clasico” match Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a four-month biting ban and set up Neymar to fire in a long strike for a fourth-minute lead at the Santiago B ...
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11 hours ago

Real spoil Suarez’s Barca debut with Clasico win

Oct 25 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid’s 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling “clasico” match Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a four-month biting ban and set up Neymar to fire in a long strike for a fourth-minute lead at the Santiago Bernabeu ...
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11 hours ago

Real spoil Suarez’s Barca debut with Clasico win

Oct 25 2014 11:05am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Cristiano Ronaldo scored to spark Real Madrid’s 3-1 comeback win over Barcelona in a thrilling “clasico” match Saturday in the Spanish league that handed the visitors their first loss of the season. The result spoiled a strong Barcelona debut by Luis Suarez, who played well in his first game since a four-month biting ban and set up Neymar to fire in a long strike for a fourth-minute lead at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Ronaldo leveled from the penalty spot in the 3 ...
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