World Cup 2010 - Qualifying matches

Spain 4 - Armenia 0

Spain: Casillas; Sergio Ramos, Puyol, Raúl Albiol, Capdevila; Cazorla (Bojan 65'), Xavi (Cesc Fábregas 73'), Marcos Senna, Iniesta, Diego Capel; David Villa, Güiza (Xabi Alonso 51'). 4-4-2.
Armenia: Berezovski; Hovsepyan, Arzumanyan, Aleksanyan (Khachatryan 78'), Tateosian; Voskanyan, Pachayan, Ghazaryan (Annearamyan 51'), Karamyan; Mikhitrayan, Melkonyan (Manucharyan 46'). 4-4-2.

1-0. 07. Capdevila. Controlled Iniesta pass and fired shot wide of Berezovski.
2-0. 16. Villa. Ran on to loose ball in area and struck angled shot past keeper.
3-0. 79. Villa. Picked up Xabi Alonso pass and struck low shot inside near post.
4-0. 82. Senna. Took Iniesta square pass outside area and shot wide of keeper.

Spain top group V with six points out of six after a comfortable win over Armenia tonight. Contrary to pre-match expectations, Del Bosque lined up with two up front, Güiza joining Villa in attack. And within seven minutes they were ahead, Capdevila scoring his fourth international goal after controlling Iniesta's through ball before beating Berezovski. Less than ten minutes later Villa got a second following another good run by Iniesta, and they were already on their way to victory.

The visitors did come close themselves a couple of times after that, Voskanyan putting a good chance over the top and Casillas called in to action to keep out Pachayan and Mikhitrayan. But Villa headed just wide from a Ramos cross, and Güiza had another effort saved by the keeper before the break.

Things started slowly after the restart, and Del Bosque decided to ring the changes, bringing on Xabi Alonso and giving a first cap to Bojan, thereby ending any speculation about him playing for Serbia. His third change was Fábregas, and within a minute he had set up Villa for him to hit the post. And five minutes later Villa got his second of the night after picking up a pass from Alonso, his 21st for his country taking him past the mythical Zarra and up to Spain's seventh highest scorer.

Armenia gave up the fight after that, and Marcos Senna got himself on the scoresheet for the first time with a powerful shot from outside of the area. Bojan brought another good save out of Berezovski after that and Albiol put another effort over the top, but Spain had already ensured their second win of the campaign, taking their unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers to a record 37 games. The European champions already have South Africa in their sights!