Spain beat Ukraine 4-0

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:34 IST

Spain beat Ukraine 4 - 0 in Group H of the World Cup - the biggest margin of victory so far at this year's tournament.

Spain beat Ukraine 4-0

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Spain beat Ukraine 4 - 0 in Group H of the World Cup - the biggest margin of victory so far at this year's tournament.

Spain peppered the Ukraine goal with shots from the start and in the 12th minute Marcos Senna fired a fierce effort that Ukraine goalkeeper Oleksander Shovkovsky tipped over the bar.

From the resulting corner by Xavi Hernandez, Xabi Alonso got to the ball before the Ukraine defense to score with a header in the 13th minute.

Soon after, Ukraine's Andriy Rusol was shown a yellow card for a foul outside the penalty area on Mariano Pernia. Valencia's David Villa took the 25-yard free kick in the 17th minute, which took a big deflection off a Ukraine defender past the goalkeeper.

Ukraine came back into the game as the half played out, but the Spanish defense was composed against the strength of Andriy Shevchenko, apparently fully recovered from a knee injury.

Villa then scored again in the 47th from the penalty spot after being brought down by Vladyslav Vashchyuk, who was ejected for pulling his opponent's shorts and tripping him.

Fernando Torres scored a fourth with a powerful right-footer, rounding off a sweeping move that started with Carles Puyol on the halfway line.



Topics : Football
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