Reigning champions Spain avoided the ignominy of finishing their World Cup campaign bottom of Group B with victory over Australia in Curitiba.

Goals from David Villa, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata prevented La Roja from suffering a third successive loss for the first time since 1991.

Villa scored the opener when he flicked in Juanfran's cross, before Chelsea's Torres fired in the second.

Mata slid in the third from fellow substitute Cesc Fabregas's lofted pass.

Match analysis

"Australia looked like they were trying to play with high energy levels but after Spain went 1-0 up it was like a friendly match and they sort of petered out.

"I'm glad it stayed at 3-0 because it could have been four, five or six and that would not have reflected just how well Australia played in this tournament."

The result means Spain finish third in the table with three points after one win and two defeats, while Australia finish bottom.

During the opening 30 minutes, Vicente del Bosque's Spain played like a side bewildered by the events of their opening two games.

Their play was characterised by misplaced passes, uncertainty in defence and a lack of bite in the final third.

But the reliable Villa, whose inclusion was one of seven changes, eased those concerns with a familiar flicked finish nine minutes before the break to cap a move that was typical of Spain in their glory years of 2008, 2010 and 2012.

Andres Iniesta threaded a pass down the right to overlapping full-back Juanfran. The Atletico Madrid played squared to Villa, whose clever finish outfoxed keeper Mat Ryan.

It was the 32-year-old's ninth goal in World Cups and his 59th in total in what will be his 97th and final game for Spain. Villa was later substituted, head bowed, and was consoled by his team-mates on the bench.

Match facts

  • Torres scored with his first shot on target of the World Cup; having played 123 minutes.
  • Australia's Matthew Spiranovic completed all 23 of his passes in the first half against Spain
  • Villa has scored seven of Spain´s last 11 goals at the World Cup

The European side improved tenfold after the break as Australia - with eight of their starting XI aged 26 and under - tired as they attempted to break up Spain's trademark tiki-taka exchanges.

After increasing the pressure, Del Bosque's men eventually doubled their lead in the 69th minute when Iniesta's ball split the defence and found Torres, who sidefooted in. That was the Chelsea forward's first World Cup goal since 2006.

The final goal of Spain's campaign came eight minutes from the end. This time it was Fabregas who was the provider.

The Chelsea midfielder, who had a falling out with Del Bosque during the build-up to the match, played a lovely lofted ball to Mata at the far post. The Manchester United player barely looked up before poking the ball under the body of Ryan.

Manchester City's David Silva, who was also a substitute, went close with a drilled shot in stoppage time as his side bid farewell to a disastrous Brazil 2014 campaign with a flourish.

Spain fans watch the match against Australia in Curitiba

Spain fans were in good spirits despite their side's predicament

David Villa (far right) is consoled by his team-mates after coming off

Villa (far right) is consoled by his team-mates after coming off

Fernando Torres scores for Spain v Australia

Torres had very few chances in Monday's match in Curitiba

Juan Mata (right) slides in Spain's third

Mata scored having experienced only 36 minutes of World Cup action

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Australia

  • 01 Ryan
  • 19 McGowan
  • 03 Davidson
  • 17 McKay
  • 22 Wilkinson
  • 06 Spiranovic Booked
  • 07 Leckie
  • 15 Jedinak Booked
  • 09 Taggart (Halloran - 45' )
  • 13 Bozanic (Bresciano - 72' )
  • 11 Oar (Troisi - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Milligan
  • 08 Wright
  • 10 Halloran
  • 12 Langerak
  • 14 Troisi
  • 16 Holland
  • 18 Galekovic
  • 20 Vidosic
  • 21 Luongo
  • 23 Bresciano

Spain

  • 23 Reina
  • 05 Juanfran
  • 18 Alba
  • 14 Alonso (Silva - 83' )
  • 02 Albiol
  • 15 Ramos Booked
  • 17 Koke
  • 06 Iniesta
  • 09 Torres
  • 20 Cazorla (Fábregas - 68' )
  • 07 Villa (Mata - 57' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 03 Piqué
  • 04 Javi Martínez
  • 08 Xavi
  • 10 Fábregas
  • 11 Pedro
  • 12 de Gea
  • 13 Mata
  • 16 Busquets
  • 19 Diego Costa
  • 21 Silva
  • 22 Azpilicueta
Ref: Nawaf Shukralla
Att: 39,375

Match Stats

Shots

4 10

On target

0 4

Corners

2 6

Fouls

14 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Australia 0, Spain 3.

90:00 +2:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Australia 0, Spain 3.

90:00 +2:10

Attempt missed. Sergio Ramos (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

90:00 +1:30 Booking

Booking Mile Jedinak (Australia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +0:59

David Silva (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:59

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

90:00 +0:09

Attempt blocked. Juan Mata (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas.

88:12

Attempt missed. David Silva (Spain) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

87:38 Booking

Booking Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:34

David Silva (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

87:34

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

86:55

Attempt missed. Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

86:39

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

85:40

Hand ball by Mark Bresciano (Australia).

85:09

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

84:19

Delay in match Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) because of an injury.

82:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Spain. David Silva replaces Xabi Alonso.

81:37 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 0, Spain 3. Juan Mata (Spain) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Francesc Fábregas with a through ball.

78:45

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Spain).

78:45

James Troisi (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:52

Fernando Torres (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:52

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

76:02

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

74:38

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Matthew Spiranovic.

72:58

Offside, Spain. Juanfran tries a through ball, but Francesc Fábregas is caught offside.

71:50

Attempt missed. James Troisi (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mark Bresciano.

71:21 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Mark Bresciano replaces Oliver Bozanic.

70:11

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jason Davidson.

68:41 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 0, Spain 2. Fernando Torres (Spain) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

67:35

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Spain).

67:35

Matt McKay (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Spain. Francesc Fábregas replaces Santiago Cazorla.

61:35 Booking

Booking Sergio Ramos (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:28

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Spain).

61:28

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:47 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. James Troisi replaces Tommy Oar because of an injury.

60:33

Juanfran (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:33

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

59:37

Foul by Juan Mata (Spain).

59:37

Ben Halloran (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

58:28

Attempt missed. Matt McKay (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

57:36

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

56:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Spain. Juan Mata replaces David Villa.

55:22

Offside, Spain. David Villa tries a through ball, but Fernando Torres is caught offside.

53:34

Offside, Spain. David Villa tries a through ball, but Andrés Iniesta is caught offside.

46:28

Jordi Alba (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:28

Foul by Ben Halloran (Australia).

45:00

Second Half begins Australia 0, Spain 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Australia. Ben Halloran replaces Adam Taggart.

45:00 +1:21 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Australia 0, Spain 1.

45:00 +0:36

Foul by Juanfran (Spain).

45:00 +0:36

Tommy Oar (Australia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

44:40

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Alex Wilkinson.

42:19

Foul by David Villa (Spain).

42:19

Ryan McGowan (Australia) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:27

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Matthew Ryan.

40:24

Attempt blocked. Koke (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sergio Ramos.

40:15

Santiago Cazorla (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

40:15

Foul by Oliver Bozanic (Australia).

37:19

Santiago Cazorla (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:19

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

35:31 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Australia 0, Spain 1. David Villa (Spain) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Juanfran.

32:43

Juanfran (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:43

Foul by Oliver Bozanic (Australia).

32:07

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Spain).

32:07

Mile Jedinak (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

31:13

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Alex Wilkinson.

27:51

Fernando Torres (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

27:51

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

25:39

Offside, Spain. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

23:12

Attempt blocked. Fernando Torres (Spain) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta.

22:21

Attempt saved. Jordi Alba (Spain) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Villa with a through ball.

20:02

Offside, Spain. Andrés Iniesta tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

18:58

Koke (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:58

Foul by Matt McKay (Australia).

16:28

Attempt blocked. Santiago Cazorla (Spain) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by David Villa.

15:19

Offside, Spain. Santiago Cazorla tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

11:37

Foul by David Villa (Spain).

11:37

Mile Jedinak (Australia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:01

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

6:01

David Villa (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:18

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Australia).

5:18

Koke (Spain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:50

Tommy Oar (Australia) wins a free kick on the left wing.

4:50

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Spain).

4:10

Attempt missed. Mathew Leckie (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Spiranovic.

1:51

Foul by Ryan McGowan (Australia).

1:51

David Villa (Spain) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:26

Offside, Australia. Matthew Spiranovic tries a through ball, but Adam Taggart is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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