Spain coast to Liechtenstein win
World champions ease to victory over minnows
Last Updated: September 4, 2010 2:13pm
Torres: Struck twice
Spain began the defence of their European Championship crown with a convincing 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in Vaduz.
The World Cup winners bossed the encounter over their Group I opponents and Vicente del Bosque's side could have cantered home with a bigger winning margin.
Spain started brightly and forced the first opening of the match within the opening three minutes when Andres Iniesta forced home goalkeeper Peter Jehle into a smart save.
Jehle was then alert to thwart David Villa, who was left unmarked and it did not take long for the deadlock to be broken when Fernando Torres chipped home with 18 minutes gone.
Torres underwent two knee operations in the first four months of the year and also suffered an adductor injury in July's World Cup final, and club side Liverpool do not expect the 26-year-old to be back to peak fitness for another month.
However, the former Atletico Madrid man showed little sign of rustiness as Spain continued to dominate as Villa doubled the advantage with a stunning 25-yard strike into the roof of the net.
Liechtenstein finally showed signs of life as Franz Burgmeier tried his luck from outside the area to test Iker Casillas.
The hosts provided Spain with another scare when Casillas was forced to dash from his goal, but Philippe Erne could not apply the finish.
Normal service resumed thereafter as Torres added his second of the night from Cesc Fabregas' pass in the 54th minute, driving a low shot in at the near post.
Torres made way for Silva, who needed just five minutes before making it 4-0, also firing at the near post as Del Bosque's side maintained their impressive form.
European Championship Qualifying
Fri 3rd Sep - Group B
Armenia0 - 1Rep Ireland
Andorra0 - 2Russia
Slovakia1 - 0Macedonia
Fri 3rd Sep - Group A
Kazakhstan0 - 3Turkey
Belgium0 - 1Germany
Fri 3rd Sep - Group E
Moldova2 - 0Finland
Sweden2 - 0Hungary
San Marino0 - 5Netherlands
Fri 3rd Sep - Group C
Faroe Islands0 - 3Serbia
Estonia1 - 2Italy
Slovenia0 - 1N Ireland
Fri 3rd Sep - Group G
Montenegro1 - 0Wales
England4 - 0Bulgaria
Fri 3rd Sep - Group F
Latvia0 - 3Croatia
Greece1 - 1Georgia
Fri 3rd Sep - Group D
Romania1 - 1Albania
Luxembourg0 - 3Bosnia
France0 - 1Belarus
Fri 3rd Sep - Group I
Lithuania0 - 0Scotland
Liechtenstein0 - 4Spain
Fri 3rd Sep - Group H
Iceland1 - 2Norway
Portugal4 - 4Cyprus
European Championship Qualifying Group A
European Championship Qualifying Group B
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European Championship Qualifying Group C
European Championship Qualifying Group D
European Championship Qualifying Group E
European Championship Qualifying Group F
European Championship Qualifying Group G
European Championship Qualifying Group H
European Championship Qualifying Group I