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World Cup 2014: Spain salvage some pride by routing Australia 3-0

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World Champions Spain ended a torrid summer in Brazil on a memorable note as goals from veteran strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres, and a late third made by Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas and finished by Manchester United’s Juan Mata gave them a thumping 3-0 win against a hapless Australian side that came into this game without their talismanic forward Tim Cahill.

Much had been made of Vicente Del Bosque’s decision of not starting Villa and Torres in the opening two games of the World Cup with Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa being the first choice. Both Villa and Torres proved Del Bosque wrong with fantastic finishes against a weakened Australian team. Villa opened the scoring for the Spaniards in the 36th minute with a cheeky but incredible back flick from a cross by Juanfran. Spain continued to dominate but the half time scoreline stayed at 1-0 but it almost seemed imperative that the defending champions would score again.

Torres got into the act in the 69th minute when he scored with a delightful finish against Australian goalie Matthew Ryan, reminding everyone of the quality that he still possesses. Finally in the 82nd minute, two substitutes combined to put the icing on the cake for Spain with Cesc Fabregas providing a fantastic assist to Juan Mata for the United man to score through Matt Ryan’s legs.

Chile and Netherlands had already secured their qualification into the next round from Group B leaving both Spain and Australia had nothing to play for in the final match. It has to be said that Spain finally got their act together and provided their disappointed fans something to cheer for in this nightmare World Cup campaign while Australia would be taking heart from their performance against Netherlands to provide encouragement for the next World Cup edition.

Teams:

Spain: Reina, Albiol, Ramos, Juanfran, Alba, Koke, Iniesta, Cazorla (68’ for Fabregas), Alonso (83’ for Silva), Villa (57’ for Mata), Torres

Australia: Ryan, Wilkinson, Mcgowan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Mckay, Jedinak, Leckie, Bozanic (72’ for Bresciano), Taggart (46’ for Halloran), Oar (61’ for Troisi)

Final Score: Spain 3-0 Australia (Villa 36’ Torres 69’ Mata 82’)