Spain 3 Scotland 1
SCOTLAND’s Euro hopes ended last night as they were outclassed by all-conquering Spain at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez.
Craig Levein’s side needed an unlikely win over the reigning world and European champions to guarantee them a play-off spot in Group I, or at least match Czech Republic’s result in Lithuania.
However, a first-half double from David Silva was a testament to the home side’s superiority.
David Villa netted Spain’s third goal in the 54th minute to end any semblance of a contest before Scotland substitute David Goodwillie scored a consolation goal from the spot, after Victor Valdes had fouled Craig Mackail-Smith.
However, with the Czech Republic completing a 4-1 win over Lithuania, it was all over for the Scots.
It took only six minutes for Spain to take the lead from an attack down the left, Villa setting up defender Jordi Alba – who cut the ball back for Silva to sweep the ball low past goalkeeper Allan McGregor.
A minute from the break, Silva worked a one-two with Pedro before driving past McGregor for Spain’s second goal.
In the 54th minute the Scottish defence was cut open again. Silva set up Villa who, from 14 yards, calmly slotted the ball past McGregor for number three.
In the 66th minute, Scotland were awarded a penalty when Valdes fouled Mackail-Smith and substitute David Goodwillie scored his first international goal from the spot.