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Spain confirm Euro 2012 qualification

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David Villa and Alvaro Negredo both scored twice as reigning champions Spain cruised past Liechtenstein to qualify for next summer's European Championships.

Negredo's first half double was added to by Xavi's free-kick and Sergio Ramos' alert volley, before Villa took centre stage with two simple goals to rap up the win.

Chelsea's Juan Mata played a decisive role, setting up Villa's first after a dazzling run down the right-hand side, while Xabi Alonso made the Barcelona striker's second with a deft free-kick.

Cesc Fabregas made a brief cameo appearance, after his heroics on Friday had helped beat Chile but Fernando Torres was left out altogether as his disappointing run of luck continues.

Vicente Del Bosque's side are now confirmed for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine next summer, as they look to yet again show they are the dominant international side on the planet.


 

And Del Bosque says regardless of Spain's dominance on the world stage, the feat of qualifying for the Euro's should not be downplayed.

He said: "We achieved our goal, which is something that we may not appreciate because we have become used to (winning), but it was very important for me,"

Striker Villa, who struck twice, says Spain must begin their preparations for next summer now, if they are to be successful.

"Now we have to think about preparing for this Euro, including taking advantage off the qualifying matches we have left. I think it is important that we qualified so early," he said.

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