Aduriz be­comes Spain’s old­est scorer

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

ARITZ ADURIZ be­came the old­est man to score for Spain in an in­ter­na­tional, net­ting the fi­nal goal in their 4-0 vic­tory over Mace­do­nia in the World Cup qual­i­fy­ing Group G match yes­ter­day.

At 35 years and 275 days, the Ath­letic Bil­bao striker was 50 days older than the pre­vi­ous record holder Jose Maria Pena, who had set the mark in 1930 when scor­ing against Por­tu­gal.

Spain had to over­come re­sis­tance from a dogged Mace­do­nia side be­fore run­ning out easy win­ners with a strong sec­ond-half dis­play to re­main top of the group.

An own goal by Darko Velkovski broke the dead­lock at the Nuevo Los Carmenes sta­dium in Granada in the 34th minute af­ter Julen Lopetegui’s side sur­vived a cou­ple of early scares, and Vi­tolo dou­bled the lead in the 63rd.

Na­cho Mon­real and sub­sti­tute Aduriz struck in the space of a minute late on to turn what at times was a test­ing en­counter game into a thrash­ing.

Spain top the group on 10 points, level with sec­ond-placed Italy, who won 4-0 at Liecht­en­stein yes­ter­day. – Reuters


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