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Scouting Spain: First-Half Scoring

No doubt about it, Spain is a great team.  If they have a weakness, it is that they (like the U.S.) often start slowly and fail to score in tightly contested matches until the second half.

Now a blowout is a blowout.  Spain scored 3 in the first half on June 9 to crush Azerbaijan 6-0.  And it scored 4 in the first half of its 5-0 win over New Zealand.

But in its five other matches this year – games decided by 2 goals or less – Spain has scored only one of its eight goals in the first half (in its 2-0 victory over England in a January friendly.)  And in its 1-0 victory over the United States on June 4, 2008, the Americans were able to keep the score level until the second half.

Still, Spain scores goals and returning the favor is not easy.  Since January 1, 2008, Spain has played 23 matches scoring 52 goals and conceding only 6 (4 in the first half).  The last team to score a second-half goal against Spain?  Russia on June 10, 2008 in a 4-1 loss.

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