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A cross is delivered by Gerard Pique, David Villa takes a shot. Allan McGregor makes a save.
Hernandez Xavi delivers the ball, clearance made by Stephen McManus.
Kenny Miller fouled by Andres Iniesta, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Adam crosses the ball in from the free kick, Unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Stephen McManus results in a free kick. Iker Casillas restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Whittaker is sent off by the referee. Carlos Marchena is brought on as a substitute for Sergio Busquets. Foul by Steven Whittaker on Garcia Sergio Ramos, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.
The ball is delivered by Hernandez Xavi.
The ball is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance made by Gerard Pique.
Darren Fletcher produces a cross, Garcia Sergio Ramos makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Jamie Mackie.
Shaun Maloney is brought on as a substitute for James Morrison.
Phillip Bardsley delivers the ball, blocked by Joan Capdevila.
Sergio Busquets gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kenny Miller. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam, blocked by Hernandez Xavi.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Fernando Llorente on Steven Whittaker. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam.
(Scotland) makes a substitution, with Jamie Mackie coming on for Graham Dorrans.
A goal is scored by Fernando Llorente from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Scotland 2-3 Spain.Assist on the goal came from Joan Capdevila.
Hernandez Xavi produces a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
James Morrison takes a shot from long range which goes wide right of the goal.
Effort on goal by James Morrison from long range goes over the bar.
Fernando Llorente on for David Silva.
Shot from 12 yards from Hernandez Xavi. Save by Allan McGregor.
Kenny Miller goes into the book. Unfair challenge on Xabi Alonso by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Xabi Alonso delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, clearance by Stephen McManus. Andres Iniesta takes a short corner.
David Silva is caught offside. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
Steven Naismith handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.
Andres Iniesta leaves the field to be replaced by Hernandez Xavi.
Hernandez Xavi is brought on as a substitute for Gonzalez Santi Cazorla.
The ball is delivered by Joan Capdevila, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Sergio Busquets goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
Gerard Pique puts the ball into his own net from 6 yards. Scotland 2-2 Spain.The referee gives a free kick against Xabi Alonso for handball. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
The official flags Kenny Miller offside. Gerard Pique takes the indirect free kick.
David Villa has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the goal.
Kenny Miller is ruled offside. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Naismith fouled by Xabi Alonso, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed by Graham Dorrans, clearance by Gerard Pique.
Steven Naismith grabs a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Scotland 1-2 Spain.Assist on the goal came from Kenny Miller.
Unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans by Garcia Sergio Ramos results in a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick.
The referee blows for offside against Kenny Miller. Indirect free kick taken by Gerard Pique.
A goal is scored by Andres Iniesta from inside the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Scotland 0-2 Spain.Assist on the goal came from Gonzalez Santi Cazorla.
Garcia Sergio Ramos crosses the ball, Header by Gonzalez Santi Cazorla from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Joan Capdevila, clearance by Stephen McManus.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by David Silva. Direct free kick taken by Steven Whittaker.
A cross is delivered by Joan Capdevila, Effort from 18 yards by David Silva. Save made by Allan McGregor. David Silva decides to take the corner short.
A cross is delivered by Phillip Bardsley, clearance by Carles Puyol.
Free kick awarded for a foul by David Villa on Charlie Adam. Stephen McManus takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Xabi Alonso on Charlie Adam. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans, clearance made by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
Lee McCulloch goes off and Charlie Adam comes on.
Penalty scored by David Villa. Scotland 0-1 Spain.Steven Whittaker is given a yellow card. The ball is delivered by Joan Capdevila, Garcia Sergio Ramos takes a shot. Steven Whittaker handles the ball and concedes a .
The ball is sent over by Joan Capdevila, Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Blocked by David Weir. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Andres Iniesta from the right by-line.
Xabi Alonso gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Darren Fletcher. Graham Dorrans crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
Shot by David Silva from 35 yards. Save made by Allan McGregor.
Steven Whittaker crosses the ball.
Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Steven Whittaker, the ref awards a free kick. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by David Silva results in a free kick. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 18 yards from Andres Iniesta. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
Andres Iniesta delivers the ball.
The ball is crossed by Xabi Alonso.
A cross is delivered by David Silva, Phillip Bardsley makes a clearance. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Andres Iniesta.
The ball is sent over by Andres Iniesta. David Villa takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor. Corner taken by Andres Iniesta, Unfair challenge on Allan McGregor by Carles Puyol results in a free kick. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by David Weir.
David Silva fouled by Graham Dorrans, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by David Silva from right wing, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Andres Iniesta, Garcia Sergio Ramos produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
A cross is delivered by Joan Capdevila, Stephen McManus makes a clearance.
Garcia Sergio Ramos fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. Garcia Sergio Ramos restarts play with the free kick.
Joan Capdevila delivers the ball, Stephen McManus manages to make a clearance.
The ball is swung over by Darren Fletcher, James Morrison has an effort at goal from 12 yards. Iker Casillas gets a block in.
Kenny Miller is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.
The referee blows for offside against David Villa. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 12 yards from David Silva. Save by Allan McGregor. Andres Iniesta decides to take a short corner.
The ball is sent over by David Silva, David Villa takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.
David Villa produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Corner taken by David Silva.
Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.
David Villa is caught offside. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Xabi Alonso results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Graham Dorrans.
David Villa sends in a cross.
The ball is swung over by Graham Dorrans.
A cross is delivered by Gerard Pique.
Kenny Miller is caught offside. Carles Puyol takes the free kick.
Gerard Pique produces a cross.
The ball is delivered by Andres Iniesta, clearance by David Weir.
The ball is crossed by Andres Iniesta, Phillip Bardsley manages to make a clearance. Short corner taken by Andres Iniesta.
Graham Dorrans takes the outswinging corner, Gerard Pique manages to make a clearance.
The referee gets the game underway.
The match has reached full-time.
The second half kicks off.
The match has reached half-time.
Levein out to exploit Spain's weaknesses
Craig Levein claims Scotland can exploit weaknesses in Spain despite branding them the strongest opponents the national team have ever faced.
Spain visit Hampden in a Euro 2012 qualifier while Scotland are recovering from a morale-sapping defeat in the Czech Republic when Levein failed to put anyone up front until after Roman Hubnik netted the only goal in the 70th minute.
But Levein was determined to move away from the widespread criticism of his 4-6-0 formation and look ahead to the visit of the world and European champions.
The Scotland manager insisted criticism of his Prague tactics was not a concern but he hinted there would be a slightly more ambitious approach against Spain.
Darvydas Sernas briefly brought Lithuania level following Fernando Llorente's second-half opener before the Group I favourites advanced to a 3-1 victory in Salamanca on Friday night.
And Levein's spies have seen enough to give him hope that the Spanish defence can be breached at a full Hampden.
"Let's be honest, we're probably facing the best team Scotland have ever played," Levein said.
"They play an attractive brand of football, they have players of a technical quality that is to be admired.
"Their recent results and competitions that they have won would lead me to believe they are possibly the best team Scotland have ever played.
"The thing for me is we are at home, we are going to have a complete sell-out.
"Our guys have watched Spain, not just against Lithuania, but on five or six occasions now. I feel there are areas that we can exploit.
"We're at home, it's really important we get the supporters right behind us and we will see what we can do.
"We'd like to get a goal, we would like to get two goals."
Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has told Scotland he will be ready for whatever system they throw at the world champions.
He refused to criticise Levein for the controversial formation used by the Scots against Czech Republic and the former Real Madrid boss insists his players will have no trouble coping with another negative display when Scotland face their toughest match yet.
"We will be very much prepared for whatever tactics Scotland adopt," said del Bosque.
"At club level, lots of our players come up against these types of tactics week after week.
"We will be looking at ways to combat it on counter-attacking and looking at ways to combat it from deadball situations.
"It's something all the players are used to and we will be making sure we are doubly prepared.
"Looking at it, we've got sufficient alternative ways of playing to be able to combat various defensive formations.
"We've got players of different characteristics and styles who can find a way around that."
Naismith strike in vain for Scots
Steven Naismith scored a goal he will never forget - but it was not enough to secure a point against Spain as Scotland went down 3-2 at Hampden.
Naismith sparked an impressive comeback after Scotland had fallen behind to David Villa's penalty and strike from Andres Iniesta, before a Gerard Pique own goal set the home side on course for a precious point.
But glorious failures are Scotland's speciality and Fernando Llorente came off the bench to have the final say and deny Craig Levein's men a draw from a gutsy display - with Steven Whittaker sent off late on.
Scotland made three changes from the side which lost to Czech Republic on Friday night, with Phil Bardsley handed his international debut in place of the injured Alan Hutton after switching his allegiance to the Scots.
Kenny Miller - the subject of so much debate last week - was back in the starting line-up, along with Lee McCulloch, who missed the last game through injury and suspension. Gary Caldwell and Jamie Mackie were named on the bench.
Levein declared beforehand this Spain side could possibly be the best team Scotland have ever faced and one look at the team-sheet backed that theory, with nine of the players who started the World Cup final in the line-up.
Xabi Alonso was back after recovering from flu, while Llorente's two goals against Lithuania at the weekend were not enough to prevent him being dropped to the bench.
It was not long before Spain were demonstrating their class, with a lovely long ball from Alonso collected by Villa - who lashed just over the crossbar. The Barcelona striker had another chance with a free header from David Silva's cross but Allan McGregor gathered.
Silva was then denied by the legs of McGregor as the home side soaked up the pressure from their visitors.
Scotland showed they were capable of posing a threat when Darren Fletcher raced down the left flank before cutting-back for James Morrison and he was only denied the opener by a last-gasp clearance from Joan Capdevila.
McGregor had earned plaudits for his performance in Prague and it looked like it could be another busy night for the Rangers number one, who did well to keep out Villa's strike from six yards.
Alonso then lobbed into the path of Silva but he failed to connect properly and miskicked from close-range, with the ball trundling wide.
Stephen McManus was the hero with a late winner here against Liechtenstein and he came to the rescue again when he hooked Iniesta's volley to safety on the six-yard line - only for Scotland to suffer a crushing blow a minute before the break.
Referee Massimo Busacca ruled that Whittaker handled a Sergio Ramos shot in the box and booked him for handball, despite the full-back claiming the ball had hit his shoulder. Villa converted from the penalty spot, with McGregor guessing right but failing to claw the shot past the post.
Hopes of a comeback in the second half suffered a setback when Spain increased their lead 10 minutes after the restart.
Santiago Cazorla rifled a shot off the legs of McManus and the rebound fell for Iniesta to despatch a low shot into the net from 15 yards.
Yet Scotland pulled a goal back just three minutes later when Naismith threw himself in front of Miller's cross from the right to send a diving header past the grasp of goalkeeper Iker Casillas.
And Levein's men were back on level terms after 66 minutes, Pique prodding high into his own net as he tried to cut out a centre from Morrison.
Spain restored their lead with 11 minutes to go when substitute Llorente collected a long cross from Capdevila in plenty of space and was allowed to stab home from close range to maintain the world champions' 100% record in Group I.
Scotland - and Whittaker's - misery was compounded when he picked up a second yellow for a challenge on Ramos with a minute to go.
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