Spain beat Georgia 2-0 to secure World Cup berth

Reuters| Updated: Oct 16, 2013, 09:50 AM IST

Albacete: Holders Spain booked their place at next year`s World Cup finals in Brazil when Alvaro Negredo and substitute Juan Mata struck in a 2-0 win at home to Georgia on Tuesday.

The victory in Albacete meant the world and European champions finished top of qualification Group I on 20 points from eight matches, three ahead of France, who beat Finland 3-0 in Paris and go into the playoffs.

Negredo, who scored Spain`s second in Friday`s 2-1 win over Belarus, clipped a volleyed Andres Iniesta centre into the net to put Spain ahead in the 26th minute.

The Manchester City forward scuffed a shot against the post five minutes before halftime before Mata, who had replaced Pedro moments earlier, pounced on a loose ball and cracked home from close range in the 61st.

Spain completely dominated the Georgians, who finished fourth in the five-nation group, a point ahead of Belarus, even as coach Vicente Del Bosque left a number of key players including Cesc Fabregas and David Silva on the bench.