European Championship Qualifying - Group F
SpainSpain7MaltaMalta0

Santi Cazorla scores first Spain goal in four years in win over Malta

Santi Cazorla celebrates scoring for Spain
Santi Cazorla has scored five times for Villareal this season

Santi Cazorla scored his first international goal in four years as Spain thrashed Malta to secure top spot in Group F of Euro 2020 qualifying.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Cazorla, 34, returned to football last year after a career-threatening injury.

He finished a fine move for Spain's second after ex-Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata prodded in the opener.

Pau Torres, Pablo Sarabia, Dani Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Jesus Navas completed the rout in Cadiz.

Torres and Sarabia both scored within minutes of steeping off the bench for their senior Spain debuts.

Villarreal's Torres came on as a substitute in the 60th minute and netted two minutes later, followed by Dinamo Zagreb's Olmo scoring in the 69th minute, jut three minutes after entering the game.

Cazorla spent almost two years on the sidelines after having eight operations on an ankle injury and then contracting an infection that ate away 8cm of his Achilles tendon.

He underwent a reconstruction of the tendon in 2017, with doctors grafting skin from his left arm to his right ankle.

Despite being told he should be "satisfied" just to walk again, Cazorla made his return for Villarreal in August last year and went on to reclaim a place in the Spain squad five months ago.

His last goal for Spain came in a 2-0 friendly win over England in November 2015.

Line-ups

Spain

Formation 4-3-3

  • 23López
  • 22Navas
  • 3Albiol
  • 15RamosSubstituted forTorresat 61'minutes
  • 14Bernat
  • 10Thiago Alcántara
  • 16Rodri
  • 20CazorlaSubstituted forAlcácerat 53'minutes
  • 19Moreno
  • 7MorataSubstituted forOlmoat 66'minutes
  • 11Sarabia

Substitutes

  • 1de Gea
  • 2Carvajal
  • 4Martínez
  • 5Busquets
  • 6Torres
  • 8Saúl
  • 9Alcácer
  • 12Olmo
  • 13Arrizabalaga
  • 17Ruiz
  • 18Gayá
  • 21Oyarzabal

Malta

Formation 5-4-1

  • 1Bonello
  • 15CorbalanSubstituted forMicallefat 33'minutes
  • 2Caruana
  • 5Agius
  • 22Muscat
  • 20PisaniSubstituted forGrechat 76'minutes
  • 14Paiber
  • 13Vella
  • 11MuscatSubstituted forCaruanaat 63'minutes
  • 7Mbong
  • 10Nwoko

Substitutes

  • 4Micallef
  • 6Grech
  • 8Fenech
  • 9Mifsud
  • 12Al-Tumi
  • 16Haber
  • 17Effiong
  • 18Muscat
  • 19Zerafa
  • 21Gambin
  • 23Caruana
Referee:
Viktor Kassai
Attendance:
19,773

Match Stats

Home TeamSpainAway TeamMalta
Possession
Home80%
Away20%
Shots
Home32
Away1
Shots on Target
Home15
Away0
Corners
Home15
Away0
Fouls
Home4
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Spain 7, Malta 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Spain 7, Malta 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Gerard Moreno (Spain).

  4. Post update

    Kyrian Nwoko (Malta) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Attempt missed. Pablo Sarabia (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

  6. Post update

    Paco Alcácer (Spain) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box. Assisted by Rodrigo with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Thiago (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Dunstan Vella (Malta).

  9. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paco Alcácer (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

  10. Goal!

    Goal! Spain 7, Malta 0. Jesús Navas (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Thiago following a corner.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jake Grech.

  12. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dani Olmo (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Rodrigo.

  13. Post update

    Offside, Spain. Pablo Sarabia tries a through ball, but Paco Alcácer is caught offside.

  14. Post update

    Thiago (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Kyrian Nwoko (Malta).

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Pablo Sarabia (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Jesús Navas with a cross.

  17. Post update

    Foul by Rodrigo (Spain).

  18. Post update

    Kyrian Nwoko (Malta) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Malta. Jake Grech replaces Jurgen Pisani.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jonathan Caruana.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England76013362718
2Czech Rep75021310315
3Kosovo73221312111
4Montenegro8035322-193
5Bulgaria7034517-123

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ukraine76101521319
2Portugal74212061414
3Serbia74121515013
4Luxembourg7115714-74
5Lithuania8017525-201

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Netherlands65011971215
2Germany65012061415
3Northern Ireland640287112
4Belarus7115412-84
5Estonia7016221-191

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark74302251715
2Switzerland7421135814
3R. of Ireland733164212
4Georgia8224711-48
5Gibraltar7007225-230

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia7421146814
2Hungary740389-112
3Slovakia6312108210
4Wales62226608
5Azerbaijan6015514-91

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain97202652123
2Sweden95312091118
3Romania94231710714
4Norway93511710714
5Faroe Islands9108427-233
6Malta9108225-233

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland86111321119
2Austria85121771016
3North Macedonia83231011-111
4Slovenia8323138511
5Israel83231515011
6Latvia8008227-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France97112361722
2Turkey96211631320
3Iceland95131210216
4Albania94141612413
5Andorra9117318-154
6Moldova9108324-213

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium88003012924
2Russia87012742321
3Cyprus83141312110
4Scotland83051117-69
5Kazakhstan8215913-47
6San Marino8008043-430

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy99002832527
2Finland9603158718
3Greece93241013-311
4Armenia93151316-310
5Bos-Herze93151717010
6Liechtenstein9027228-262
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