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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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(Video) Barcelona Stars Xavi And Iniesta Star In Training Ground Dodgeball Match

Jul 28 2014 3:59pm CDT | Source: CaughtOffside

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Luis Enrique Will Give Youth a Chance in His Barcelona Side

Jul 28 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique will bring plenty of new ideas and methods to Barcelona for the 2014-15 season, but one of the most interesting is his focus on youth. As the former coach of Barcelona's B team, he knows a lot of the younger players at the club very well indeed. Barcelona have traveled to St George's Park on Monday to train in England for a week. As well as the first-teamers, eight Barca B players ...
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Iniesta reveals close relationship with Barcelona boss Luis Enrique

Jul 27 2014 1:03am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Barcelona ace Andres Iniesta admits he's long had a good relationship with coach Luis Enrique. Enrique was a former Barca club captain. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow gui ...
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Iniesta happy Xavi staying with Barcelona

Jul 26 2014 8:46pm CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Andres Iniesta is delighted Xavi is staying with Barcelona. Xavi has committed to Barca for the new season. NO, This article does not meet Newsnow gui ...
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What Barcelona Fans Should Expect from Alen Halilovic This Season

Jul 26 2014 2:13pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Barcelona made a huge statement for the future by signing Croatian midfielder Alen Halilovic in May 2014. The teenager joined from Dinamo Zagreb, with the Catalans quick to snatch him up after he made a name for himself in his home country's top flight. Halilovic, who could start for many European clubs, will spend this season at Barcelona B. Understandably, many Barcelona fans may be wondering what they should expect from the 18-year-old this se ...
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3 days ago

Iniesta hoping ban for new Barcelona teammate Suarez reduced

Jul 26 2014 3:26am CDT | Source: Tribalfootball.com

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes new teammate Luis Suarez can see his four-month biting ban reduced. NO, This article does not meet Ne ...
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Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta: “The Suarez ban is harsh and should be reduced” [Video]

Jul 25 2014 10:37am CDT | Source: 101 great goals

Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta say come out in support of his new teammate Luis Suarez saying that his ban was harsh and should be reduced. Suarez was banned from all football activity for four months by FIFA after biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini at the World Cup. He’s in line to make his debut in the first Clasico of the season in late October but Iniesta feels he should be allowed to play for the club before that. He said ...
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Iniesta hopes Suarez ban is reduced

Jul 25 2014 7:01am CDT | Source: football

BarceIona midfielder Andres Iniesta hopes new team-mate Luis Suarezs suspension is reduced ...
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3 days ago

Andres Iniesta Flattered To Be In Frame for Barcelona Captaincy

Jul 25 2014 5:44am CDT | Source: insidefutbol

Andres Iniesta is flattered to be in the frame to become the new Barcelona ...
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4 days ago

Iniesta craving Barcelona captaincy

Jul 24 2014 8:08am CDT | Source: FOXSPORTSASIA.com

Andres Iniesta has admitted that being named Barcelona captain would be the realisation of a "lifelon ...
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