The defending champions Spain registered their first victory of the 2014 World Cup™ after thumping Australia 3-0 in their last match of the tournament at the Arena da Baixada Stadium on Monday. Both teams lost their Group B matches to the Netherlands and Chile, while the Australian side got knocked out of the tourney with three straight thrashings. Even though both sides were playing for pride, with no possibilities to advance to the next round, La Furia Roja displayed football approach that has seen it rule the game over the past few years.
The Socceroos started the match on fire but it wasn’t long until the Spaniards took charge of the play and started dictating possession. David Villa put the Spaniards on the lead in the 36th minute after he effortlessly guided Juanfran Torres’ pass into the net to record his 59th international goal. Andres Iniesta let loose a beautiful through-pass in the 69th minute to enable Fernando Torres to double up for Spain as he smoothly steered the ball past Australian goalkeeper Maty Ryan making it 2-0.
In the 82nd minute Juan Mata slammed the third goal from close range after Cesc Fabregas found him in space and laid it to him to seal the first triumph for his side. Villa had an opportunity to score his second goal in the dying minutes of the encounter but his attempt from just outside the Australian penalty area went just wide. As the defending champion’s campaign fell into demise, there will be new FIFA World Cup champions in 2014. The Netherlands and Chile proceed to the last 16 while Spain and the Dutch will be jetting back home.