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Qualifying round - 11 October 2008 20:45 (CET) (21:45 local time) - A Le Coq Arena - Tallinn - Estonia
EstoniaSpain
Estonia0 - 3
Spain
Juanito 34, Villa 38, Puyol 69

Spain battle to beat Estonia

Saturday 11 October 2008
Match report by Michael Malkin from Tallinn
Fernando Torres in action against Raio Piiroja of EstoniaFernando Torres in action against Raio Piiroja of Estonia (©Getty Images)

European champions Spain scored three goals without reply at the A Le Coq Arena in Tallinn, although the game was much closer than the scoreline suggested with Estonia making the visitors work hard for their win.

No fear
Tarmo Rüütli's team showed no fear against their illustrious opponents and had the first chance of the match – a 15th-minute strike from Vladimir Voskoboinikov which Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas was forced to save. However, Vicente Del Bosque's men eventually gained control and secured a third straight victory in FIFA World Cup qualifying Group 5 thanks to goals from Juanito Gutiérrez, David Villa and Carlos Puyol.

Penalty strike
Spain could have taken the lead through Fernando Torres's first shot of the game and although the effort was well parried by Estonia goalkeeper Pavel Londak, Juanito eventually scored on 34 minutes, rising to head in a Xavi Hernández free-kick. Four minutes later, David Villa converted a penalty after Alo Bärengrub had brought Torres down in the box.

Missed opportunity
Estonia should have halved the deficit when Voskoboinikov ran through the Spain defence and rounded Casillas, but he sent the resulting shot wide from a tight angle. Puyol then put the outcome beyond doubt on 69 minutes when he nodded in another fine cross from Xavi.

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