World Cup 2010 Qualifying: Spain vs. Armenia


Spain will try to maintain its perfect World Cup qualifying record when it takes on Armenia at Yerevan tonight.

With La Roja already assured of a spot in next year’s World Cup and Armenia at the bottom of group five, the game is practically meaningless in terms of qualification. However, Spain defender Carles Puyol has warned the Highlanders that his team will still be gunning for three points.

Vardan Minasyan’s side are currently at the bottom of the group with four points and just five goals scored from eight matches. They managed a 2-2 draw at home against Estonia before earning a stunning 2-1 victory against Belgium in their previous game.

Spain will be without David Villa who has a leg injury. The Valencia striker sustained a muscle tear in his right thigh last weekend in a league outing. His replacement will be Sevilla’s Alvaro Negredo, who has been called up to the national team for the first time.

Xavi Hernandez is also a doubt after having trained separately from the team due to a knee problem.

UPDATE: The European champs beat Armenia 2-1 to record their ninth consecutive win in Group 5. Cesc Fabregas and Juan Mata both scored for Spain.