London, Oct 6: Spain has won the right to defend their Soccer World Cup title, with a 2-0 win over Georgia.
According to the Guardian, 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 clipped a volleyed Andres Iniesta centre into the net to put Spain ahead in the 26th minute, the report said.
The Manchester City forward scuffed a shot against a post five minutes before half-time before Mata, who had replaced Pedro moments earlier, pounced on a loose ball and cracked home from close range in the 61st minute, the report added.
Spain last failed to qualify for the World Cup finals in 1978 and they will be bidding to become only the third nation to defend the title after Italy in 1938 and Brazil in 1962, the report further said.
This success extended their unbeaten run at home to 30 matches stretching back to a 1-0 reverse to Romania in a friendly in Cadiz in November 2006, according to the report. (ANI)