Xavi Hernández, scorer of Spain’s first goal in Friday’s World Cup qualifying win over Belarus, admitted that the world and European champions found it difficult to break down the visiting defence.
The Barcelona man also expressed his happiness at taking a huge stride towards qualification for Brazil 2014.
Match: “Above all, I’m happy for the team and three points. We put in a lot of effort, but we lacked precision in the final pass. We needed to be more clinical. But we’ve taken a giant step towards the World Cup.”
Difficulty breaking the deadlock: “We had chances, but the goal wouldn’t come. My goal and Álvaro Negredo’s [to make it 2-0] calmed us down, although Belarus’s goal at the end gave us a bit of a scare.”
Display: ”It’s difficult when they close up at the back. They give you the pitch, they get ten men behind the ball... We tried to move the ball quickly and to play with fluency, but sometimes it’s difficult.”