Scotland hopes sunk in Spain

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Darren Fletcher (left) and Charlie Adam
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Darren Fletcher (left) and Charlie Adam

Scotland's Euro 2012 hopes ended in Alicante with a 3-1 defeat against all-conquering Spain at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez.

Craig Levein's side needed an unlikely win to guarantee them a play-off spot in Group I or at least match Czech Republic's result in Lithuania, but a first-half double from David Silva was a testament to the home side's superiority.

David Villa notched Spain's third in the 54th minute to end any semblance of a contest before Scotland substitute David Goodwillie scored a consolation goal from the spot after Victor Valdes had fouled Craig Mackail-Smith and, with the Czech Republic beating Lithuania, it was all over for the Scots.

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