Australia vs. Spain: Live Player Ratings

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistJune 23, 2014

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - JUNE 23: David Villa of Spain celebrates scoring hist eam's first goal during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group B match between Australia and Spain at Arena da Baixada on June 23, 2014 in Curitiba, Brazil.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Spain took care of business in Curitiba with a 3-0 win over Australia. 

David Villa opened the scoring in the 36th minute in his final international appearance. 

Fernando Torres and Juan Mata capped off the scoring in the second half with a goal each. 

Continue reading below for comprehensive analysis and ratings for both sides in this Group B match.

Australia Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Maty Ryan65.5
Ryan McGowan66
Jason Davidson55.5
Matthew Spiranovic66.5
Alex Wilkinson6.26.5
Tommy Oar5.55
Oliver Bozanic5.55
Mile Jedinak5.55
Matt McKay5.55.5
Mathew Leckie6.56.7
Adam Taggart66
Ben HalloranN/A5
James TroisiN/A6
Mark BrescianoN/A6

Half-time Analysis: 

Maty Ryan: Made a strong save in the 23rd minute on a shot from Alba. 

Ryan McGowan: Was able to get forward on a few occasions, but he had plenty to deal with due to the speed of Alba and Villa. 

Jason Davidson: Can be handed some blame for the first goal since Juanfran cut past his high position. 

Matthew Spiranovic: Blocked two Spanish shots in the first 45 minutes. 

Alex Wilkinson: Did a solid job of stepping up and clearing the ball away on a potentially dangerous cross by Cazorla before the half. 

Tommy Oar: His free-kick in the 43rd minute failed to challenge Reina. 

Oliver Bozanic: Only made 15 passes and 20 touches in the midfield. 

Mile Jedinak: His influence on the match was shut down due to the Spanish dominance of possession. 

Matt McKay: Completed just 68 percent of his 31 passes. 

Mathew Leckie: Was one of the bright spots in the attacking third, but he could not get a shot on goal. 

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Adam Taggart: Failed to get a shot off after he put pressure on Reina right after the goal.

Full-time Analysis: 

Ryan: Was beat on three occasions by a superior Spanish team. 

McGowan: Made 55 touches on the right, but he put together a poor pass accuracy of 62 percent. 

Davidson: Flew into the box late in the game to block a shot and deny a fourth goal by Spain. 

Spiranovic: Completed all 38 of his passes out of the back. 

Wilkinson: Made four effective clearances and one interception. 

Oar: Left the game in the 61st minute after picking up a knock a few minutes before. 

Bozanic: Had little to no impact on the match from his spot in midfield. 

Jedinak: Made a tackle and an interception in the center of midfield, but he had no real influence on the match. 

McKay: Tried to replicate Tim Cahill's goal against the Netherlands with his volley that flew high in the 59th minute. 

Leckie: Was the most impressive player in green and gold all day, but he could not test Reina. 

Taggart: Was taken off at the half in favor of Halloran after he failed to take a single shot. 


Ben Halloran: Failed to impress up front after coming on at the half. 

James Troisi: Was the most active of the three substitutes, as he sent in a few crosses that kept Reina busy.

Mark Bresciano: Made 20 touches in his 18 minutes on the pitch. 

Spain Player Ratings
PlayerHalf-time RatingFull-time Rating
Pepe Reina66
Sergio Ramos6.56.5
Raul Albiol6.56.5
Jordi Alba77
Xabi Alonso66
Santi Cazorla6.26.5
Andres Iniesta77.5
David Villa7.27.5
Fernando Torres56.5
Juan MataN/A6.5
Cesc FabregasN/A6.5
David SilvaN/A6

Half-time Analysis: 

Pepe Reina: In his first World Cup start, he was not tested much by the Socceroos. 

Juanfran: Was able to get behind the defense on the right wing to deliver an assist to Villa in the 36th minute. 

Sergio Ramos: Made four effective clearances and two tackles for a Spanish defense that held up well. 

Raul Albiol: Was not as active as Ramos, but he did make two effective clearances. 

Jordi Alba: Began the match with a purpose on the left wing with a few surging runs forward. 

Xabi Alonso: Completed 92 percent of his 38 passes and all four of his attempted longballs. 

Koke: Hit an ambitious shot in the 41st minute that earned his side a corner. 

Santi CazorlaAttempted to play in Torres with a cross in the 45th minute that was cleared away by Wilkinson. 

Andres Iniesta: His clever pass to Juanfran from the center of the pitch set up the first goal. 

David Villa: Attempted plenty of fancy backheel passes in the first half, and he scored on one after the pass from Juanfran was a bit behind him. 

Fernando Torres: Made just 18 touches, which was the lowest number of any Spanish player including the keeper. 

Full-time Analysis: 

Reina: Rarely saw any action in the match, as his opponents failed to get a single shot on goal. 

Juanfran: Had a few strong runs on the right wing, but his most memorable one came in the first half as he set up the first goal. 

Ramos: Had to hurry back late in the match to clear away a cross by Troisi. 

Albiol: Did not have much to do in the second half with his team holding the majority of possession. 

Alba: His movement down the left wing was more fluent in the first half when Spain were still searching for a second goal. 

Alonso: Was efficient in the midfield by completing 94 percent of his passes in what may have been his last international appearance. 

Koke: The young star had an active day in the center of the park alongside a pair of veteran playmakers. 

Cazorla: Completed 93 percent of his passes before he made way for Fabregas in the 68th minute. 

Iniesta: Delivered two stellar passes on both goals. He stood out all tournament long for a side that was lacking creativity. 

Villa: In his final international appearance, Villa scored the opening goal and was very active on the left flank.

Torres: Put home the second Spanish goal in the 69th minute after he broke through the Australian defense. 


Juan Mata: Coolly finished off the third Spanish goal from the right edge of the box. 

Cesc FabregasDelivered Mata with a nice cross to set up the third goal. 

David Silva: Took a late shot that bounced off to the left. 


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