Villa breaks Raul's goal record as Spain beat Czechs

Reuters

Fri, 25 Mar 22:51:00 2011

David Villa became Spain's record goal-scorer when he struck twice as the world champions fought back from 1-0 down to beat Czech Republic 2-1 in a Euro 2012 qualifier on Friday.

Jaroslav Plasil silenced the home fans with a powerful long-range drive in the 29th minute that went in off a post to give the visitors a shock lead.

Villa equalised in the 69th minute with a low shot that was too good for keeper Petr Cech before netting from the penalty spot four minutes later after Andres Iniesta was felled in the area.

The Barcelona striker now has 46 international goals for the European champions -- two ahead of former Real Madrid marksman Raul.

The victory gave Spain a perfect 12 points from four games in Group I.

 

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