NO SILVA LINING | Scots outclassed by Spain

SPAIN (3) vs SCOTLAND (1)

SCOTLAND’S hopes of reaching a first major tournament since 1998 ended in Alicante after being outclassed by European and world champions Spain at the Estadio Jose Rico Perez.

Craig Levein’s side needed a win to guarantee a Euro 2012 play-off spot in Group I, or at least match Czech Republic’s result in Lithuania, but a first-half double from Manchester City’s David Silva effectively ended the contest.

David Villa notched Spain’s third in the 54th minute – his 50th goal for his country – before Scotland substitute David Goodwillie scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot after Victor Valdes had fouled Craig Mackail-Smith.