Video: Spain 3 – 0 Belarus [Euro Qualifier] Highlights

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Spain 3-0 Belarus: Isco stunner sets up comfortable victory

The Real Madrid star’s first international goal was an impressive one as Vicente del Bosque’s men cruised to a Euro 2016 qualifying win

A stunning strike from Isco helped Spain keep their Euro 2016 qualifying bid on track with a 3-0 win over Belarus on Saturday.

A dominant first-half performance was brought to life after 18 minutes, when Isco nonchalantly curled a long-range effort into the top corner for his first ever international goal.

Sergio Busquets added a second within a minute courtesy of a powerful drive, while only the crossbar denied Paco Alcacer from getting in on the act before the interval.

The win was rounded off early in the second half when Pedro smashed home after some terrific work from Juanfran.

The result leaves Spain level on nine points with Ukraine in Group C, which is topped by Slovakia on 12, while Belarus remain without a win.

Vicente del Bosque, who made six changes from the win at Luxembourg, had described this contest as a potential ”litmus paper” for his side.

And the 63-year old should have been celebrating an opening goal within the opening seven minutes.

A wonderful ball from Santi Cazorla was enough to slice open the Belarus defence and allow Pedro a clear one-on-one opportunity, only for the Barcelona forward to curl wide.

Cazorla was at the centre of proceedings again just before the 15-minute mark, but failed to really test Belarusian goalkeeper Yuri Zhevnov with a weak volley.

A Spain breakthrough seemed inevitable and it came four minutes later in quite sensational circumstances. A poor defensive clearance found Isco and the Real Madrid man picked out the top-left corner with a stunning 25-yard strike.

 

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