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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 removed from Spain squad

Sep 1 2014 2:12pm CDT | Source: Soccer News

Andres Iniesta has been withdrawn from Spain’s squad for the matches against France and Macedonia after suffering a knee injury ...
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Iniesta removed from Spain squad

Sep 1 2014 1:12pm CDT | Source: Soccerway

Andres Iniesta has been withdrawn from Spain's squad for the matches against France and Macedonia after suffering a knee in ...
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Villarreal vs. Barcelona: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Aug 31 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

Barca's first road match of the season is a tough challenge against the Yellow Submarine. Barcelona hit the road for the first time this season with a tricky test against Villarreal at El Madrigal. The Yellow Submarine won their opener against Levante and will now attempt to defeat the Blaugrana for the first time since return to the top flight after two close losses last season. Key player: Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona) The addition of midf ...
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Andres Iniesta Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Knee and Return

Aug 31 2014 6:21am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Andres Iniesta will be absent from the Spanish squad for the upcoming fixtures against France and Macedonia after being forced to withdraw with a knee injury. "The Medical Services are currently working to determine the extent of the injury," Barcelona's official website announced on Saturday.  Inside Spanish Football confirmed the Barcelona playmaker would miss the friendly against Les Bleus on September 4, as well as the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Mace ...
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Villarreal vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Aug 31 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique will be hoping to make it two wins from two games in his role as Barcelona boss when his side travel to Villarreal in Week 2 of the La Liga campaign. All eyes were on the Catalan giants during the opening weekend of the season following a flurry of summer transfer activity at the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana duly obliged with an accomplished 3-0 victory against Elche; that despite being down to 10 men for the entirety of the seco ...
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2 days ago

Villarreal v Barcelona

Aug 30 2014 9:05am CDT | Source: BBC Sport - Football

Neymar returns to the Barcelona squad for their trip to Villarreal after an ankle injury, but Andres Ini ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scoring performance helped Barcelona win its league opener last week. ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scoring performance helped Barcelona win its league open ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scori ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goa ...
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