ALBACETE, September 10 (World Cup qualifier) - Spain made it two World Cup
qualifying wins out of two with a comfortable victory over Armenia in Albacete.
Fresh from Saturday's 1-0 triumph over Bosnia-Herzegovina, Spain all but ended
this match as a contest after just 16 minutes following goals from Joan
Capdevila and David Villa.
Two late strikes from Villa and Marcos Senna then wrapped up the win as the
European champions made it 25 games without defeat and six in succession without
conceding a goal.
The Spanish quickly settled into their stride and it was no surprise to see
them open the scoring early on.
The hosts had already looked capable of breaking through a nervy Armenia
defence on a couple of occasions before Capdevila netted in the seventh minute.
A short corner routine between Barcelona duo Xavi and Andres Iniesta resulted
in the latter playing a superb through-ball to Capdevila, and the Villarreal
left-back thundered his shot past Roman Berezovski from seven yards out.
Even at that early stage it promised to be a long night for the Armenia number
one, and he was called into action four minutes later to keep out Villa's
Villa was not to be denied in the 16th minute though as rampant Spain doubled
Albacete-born Iniesta was his usual busy self and his marauding run into the
box earned Villa a shooting chance, the Valencia hitman coolly curling his 20th
international goal into the far corner of the net.
Armenia, who were only beaten 2-0 by Euro 2008 semi-finalists Turkey at the
weekend, must have feared the worst following those two early goals but they
settled into the game after that and Levon Pachajyan and Artur Voskanyan both
tried their luck with shots from the edge of the box.
Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas did not really have to break a sweat with either
of those, but Pachajyan made him earn his keep in the 26th minute with a low
Despite those efforts, Spain were still dominating and Villa should probably
have been celebrating a first-half hat-trick after going close three times in
An entertaining opening period continued to see chances at both ends, Voskanyan
going close for the visitors, while Dani Guiza was only denied Spain's third
goal by a fine Berezovski stop.
Opportunities were much harder to come by in the second half, with Iniesta
seeing one of the few early chances for Spain saved by Berezovski.
The European champions looked in cruise control though, and coach Vicente del
Bosque decided the time was right to give a debut to Barcelona teenager Bojan
Krkic, whose 68th-minute arrival was greeted by a resounding ovation from the
Carlos Belmonte crowd.
It was Villa who came closest to increasing Spain's lead though when, in the
74th minute, he rounded Berezovski but then agonisingly saw his shot hit the
Villa made no mistake four minutes later though as he slotted home Spain's
third goal following a slick pass from Xabi Alonso.
That was Villa's third goal in four days, having also netted the winner against
Bosnia-Herzegovina, but it was not the end of the scoring with Senna lashing in
a speculative 30-yarder in the closing stages to complete the rout.