Spain beat Finland 0-2 in their World Cup qualifier on Friday evening. The home team had taken a point off of Spain in the first group game between the two in Gijon, but this time Vicente Del Bosque's men made no mistake. Jordi Alba and Cesc linked up for the first goal of the game in the first half, while Manchester City’s Negredo doubled Spain’s lead in the closing minutes.
The Alba-Cesc connection
Five Barça players featured in the starting line-up: Alba, Xavi, Iniesta, Cesc and Pedro, with Valdés on the bench, and on 19 minutes, an excellent pass from Cesc was controlled by Jordi Alba before he smashed it into the back of the net. Despite creating a number of chances before the break, Spain, who found it harder going in the second half, failed to increase their lead until a late strike by Negredo. Cesc played for 70 minutes, Pedro for 80 and the other Barça players completed the full 90 minutes.
Spain’s victory, combined with France’s surprising draw with Georgia (0-0), means that Del Bosque's side have a three-point advantage over France at the top of Group I, with two games left to play.