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Spain beat Australia to restore pride

PA Sport
June 12, 2014

Spain ended their 2014 World Cup on a positive note with a comfortable victory over Australia in Group B.

The defending champions had already known they would exit the competition at the group stage after losing to Netherlands and Chile but, playing for pride against the Socceroos, they secured their first points in Brazil.

Fielding a much-changed team, Spain scored in open play for the first time at this summer's tournament when David Villa flicked in a cut-back from former Atletico Madrid club-mate Juanfran for his 59th international goal.

Villa had announced at the start of the month that he would end his international career after the tournament and was in tears after being substituted for Juan Mata in the second half.

Fernando Torres then made it 2-0 as he latched onto a perfectly weighted Andres Iniesta pass before tucking into the net, and Mata rounded off the scoring when he found space at the far post to control a Cesc Fabregas pass and slot home.

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