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Juan Mata content with 'ugly win'

Spain attacker Juan Mata admits that La Roja struggled during Tuesday's Euro 2016 Group C qualifier against Macedonia, but was pleased with all three points.

Spain attacker Juan Mata has admitted that his team needed to 'win ugly' in Tuesday's Euro 2016 qualifier away to Macedonia.

Mata's eighth-minute effort, which went down as an own goal to Macedonia goalkeeper Tome Pacovski, secured all three points for La Roja, who are now on the brink of qualification.

The Manchester United midfielder conceded that "it wasn't the prettiest game", but was pleased with the victory.

"[The victory] demanded a lot of us. We knew they were going to press, but they were also aggressive and played with intensity," Mata told reporters.

"It wasn't the prettiest game but we did our homework and are now very close to qualifying."

Spain are now two points clear of second-placed Slovakia in Group C and five ahead of third-placed Ukraine with two games remaining.

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Spain's Midfielder Juan Mata (L) celebrates with his teammate midfielder Sergio Busquets (C) after scoring during the Euro 2016 Group C qualifying football match between Macedonia and Spain at the Filip II Arena stadium in Skopje on September 8, 2015
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