World Cup - Group B
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Australia 0-3 Spain

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Spain beat Australia in Group B

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.

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.

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

Line-ups

Australia

  • 1Ryan
  • 19McGowan
  • 3Davidson
  • 17McKay
  • 22Wilkinson
  • 6SpiranovicBooked at 88mins
  • 7Leckie
  • 15JedinakBooked at 90mins
  • 9TaggartSubstituted forHalloranat 45'minutes
  • 13BozanicSubstituted forBrescianoat 72'minutes
  • 11OarSubstituted forTroisiat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Milligan
  • 8Wright
  • 10Halloran
  • 12Langerak
  • 14Troisi
  • 16Holland
  • 18Galekovic
  • 20Vidosic
  • 21Luongo
  • 23Bresciano

Spain

  • 23Reina
  • 5Juanfran
  • 18Alba
  • 14AlonsoSubstituted forSilvaat 83'minutes
  • 2Albiol
  • 15RamosBooked at 62mins
  • 17Koke
  • 6Iniesta
  • 9Torres
  • 20CazorlaSubstituted forFábregasat 68'minutes
  • 7VillaSubstituted forMataat 57'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Casillas
  • 3Piqué
  • 4Javi Martínez
  • 8Xavi
  • 10Fábregas
  • 11Pedro
  • 12de Gea
  • 13Mata
  • 16Busquets
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 21Silva
  • 22Azpilicueta
Referee:
Nawaf Shukralla
Attendance:
39,375

Match Stats

Home TeamAustraliaAway TeamSpain
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home4
Away10
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away6
Fouls
Home14
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Australia 0, Spain 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Australia 0, Spain 3.

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Mile Jedinak (Australia).

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

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.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Matthew Spiranovic (Australia).

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

Corner, Australia. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

Hand ball by Mark Bresciano (Australia).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. David Silva replaces Xabi Alonso.

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.

Foul by Xabi Alonso (Spain).

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

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

Foul by Alex Wilkinson (Australia).

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Ryan McGowan.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Matthew Spiranovic.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Australia. Mark Bresciano replaces Oliver Bozanic.

Corner, Spain. Conceded by Jason Davidson.

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.

Foul by Francesc Fábregas (Spain).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Spain. Francesc Fábregas replaces Santiago Cazorla.

Booking

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

Foul by Sergio Ramos (Spain).

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

Substitution

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

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

Foul by Jason Davidson (Australia).

Foul by Juan Mata (Spain).

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

goal

As It Stood

A

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1Brazil321057
2Mexico321037
3Croatia310203
4Cameroon3003-80

B

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1Netherlands330079
2Chile320126
3Spain3102-33
4Australia3003-60

C

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1Colombia220046
2Ivory Coast210103
3Japan2011-11
4Greece2011-31

D

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1Costa Rica220036
2Italy210103
3Uruguay2101-13
4England2002-20

E

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1France220066
2Ecuador210103
3Switzerland2101-23
4Honduras2002-40

F

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1Argentina220026
2Nigeria211014
3Iran2011-11
4Bos-Herze2002-20

G

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1Germany211044
2USA211014
3Ghana2011-11
4Portugal2011-41

H

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1Belgium220026
2Algeria210113
3Russia2011-11
4South Korea2011-21
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