World Cup qualifying

Pedro hat trick inspires Spanish rout

October 12, 2012
By ESPN.com news services
Pedro Rodriguez scored three goals and set up a fourth to give Spain a 4-0 victory at Belarus on Friday, as the world champions notched their 24th straight qualifying match win ahead of their critical clash with France.

Jordi Alba gave Spain a 12th-minute lead as he was allowed to race onto Pedro's back-heel -- despite appearing to be in an offside position -- and round goalkeeper Sergei Veremko before slotting home.

Eight minutes later, Pedro latched onto a lovely pass from ...

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