Soccer-Villa gets Spain off to winning start against Bosnia

MURCIA, Spain, Sept 6 - David Villa earned
European champions Spain a 1-0 victory over Bosnia in their
opening 2010 World Cup qualifier in Group Five on Saturday.

The Valencia striker missed a first-half penalty but made
amends early in the second half when he rounded the goalkeeper
to score from Cesc Fabregas's pass.

Bosnia had made life difficult for the home side up to that
point but were vulnerable once they had to chase the game and
their hosts always looked more likely to add to the score.

The victory gave new Spain coach Vicente del Bosque a win on
his competitive debut, having replaced Luis Aragones after the
victorious Euro 2008 campaign.

(Writing by Mark Elkington in Madrid, editing by Clare
Lovell)