Xavi, Alvaro Negredo edge Spain closer to 2014 FIFA World Cup

Victory means Spain lead France by three points at the top of Group I with the world champions set to face Georgia in Albacete in their final qualifier on Tuesday.

updated: October 12, 2013 09:19 IST
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Palma: Alvaro NegredoSpain moved to within a point of sealing their place at next year's World Cup with an unconvincing 2-1 win over Belarus in Mallorca on Friday.

Second-half goals from Xavi and Alvaro Negredo put Vicente del Bosque's men in charge.

However they were far from their free-flowing best and Belarus made it an uncomfortable finish for the hosts when Sergei Kornilenko swept home Sergei Krivets pass a minute from time.

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