Australia vs. Spain: 6 Things We Learned

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Australia vs. Spain: 6 Things We Learned
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Spain eased their way to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Australia on Monday, salvaging a small degree of pride from a disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil.

After fending off a bright start from the Socceroos, La Roja took control of the game after the 15-minute mark against their inferior opponents. Fittingly, it was David Villa who signed off in style in his final appearance in national colours, giving Vicente del Bosque's men the lead going into half-time with a neat backheel finish. 

The second half became a more subdued affair as motivation for both sides quickly faded; Fernando Torres and Juan Mata put the result beyond doubt late on.

For the Spaniards, Monday's clash represented the definitive end for the nation's current crop, with regeneration ready to commence for the defending champions.

For the Australians, however, the 2014 World Cup has come to represent the beginning of a new generation for the Socceroos under Ange Postecoglou, as they have put forward bright displays in one of the tournament's toughest groups.

With both teams now out of the World Cup, we examine six things we learned from Monday's clash.

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