Spain win in Villa swansong

June 23, 2014 at 7:57 pm
Posted under: 2014 FIFA World Cup, Australia, Australia News, News, Spain, Spain News

David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Spain at Arena da Baixada on June 23, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring his team's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Spain at Arena da Baixada on June 23, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Spain and Australia met in what was a dead rubber at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba. There was only pride to play for as both teams had already been eliminated from the World Cup, and the game was a dour affair with neither team showing much enthusiasm. Spain were eventual 3-0 winners in a game most would want to forget.

Spain dominated the first half and kept most of the possession without creating too many chances. They were, however, able to break the deadlock in 36th minute when David Villa opened the scoring.

Australia didn’t show the heart and battle from their first two games and were thoroughly disappointing.

The second half started much the same as the first with neither team exhibiting much creativity. David Villa was substituted in the 56th minute in what was his last game for Spain after he announced his retirement from international football after the World Cup.

Fernando Torres then doubled Spain’s lead in the 69th minute after getting on the end of a wonderfully weighted pass from Andreas Iniesta that he then slipped into the bottom corner.

Spain seemed to be in cruise control and took the result out of doubt when Juan Mata scored their third goal after 82 minutes.

The game ended that way but it’s Australia who will leave feeling they had achieved more at this World Cup despite the result. Spain on the other hand, have much reflection to do if they are to regain their place atop world football and be the dominant force they once were.

By Farren Collins


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