Spain finally registers a win
Spain put three past Australia to finally record their first win of their tournament in a game where nothing but pride was on the line.
While the goals scored on Tuesday morning (June 24) meant that they finished their tournament with four goals, the painful fact remains that they failed to deliver when it mattered.
It took 36 minutes before Spain were able to open the scoring against a fighting Australian side.
David Villa, 32, making his first and last appearance in the World Cup, scored with a backheel after Juanfran skimmed a low ball off an Andres Iniesta pass.
Villa will move to New York City in Major League Soccer after a brief stint with Melbourne City right after the tournament, knowing fully well that his decision to move out of top flight football in Europe will likely mean he will no longer be picked for the national squad.
Fernando Torres, finally scored a goal in the 69th min. Whether or not the 30-year-old will play any part in future Spanish squads remains to be seen as his woeful form in this tournament (and the past season) has raised questions about his inclusion into the squad.
Juan Mata, 26, making his first World Cup, appearance rounded things off 82nd min.
Source: Reuters, AFP, Shuaitou