Australia vs. Spain: Goals and Highlights from Group B Match

Sean Swaby@seanswabyUK Staff WriterJune 23, 2014

Spain's David Villa, right, scores his side's first goal during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Spain salvaged a bit of pride in an otherwise forgetful World Cup, putting away Australia 3-0 on Monday in Group B. 

The defending champions won the previous World Cup and the past two European Championships, but were eliminated after only two matches following defeats to the Netherlands and Chile. 

David Villa put Spain ahead in the 36th minute with a tricky backheel finish from close range: 

#Mundial2014 ¡Golazo de taquito! David Villa le da alegría a la triste #ESP con este taco. #ESP 1 #AUS 0 #R... https://t.co/aPGCd1H2GC

— UNE Mejor juntos (@UNEMejorjuntos) June 23, 2014

Fernando Torres, of all people, doubled Spain's lead with a calm finish in the 69th minute. 

Fernando Torres scores 2-0 Spain https://t.co/umTogwUYiY

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Juan Mata put the finishing touches on Spain's thorough performance, nutmegging Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan after a pinpoint pass from Cesc Fabregas

#Mundial2014 La despedida del campeón es con goles. Juan Mata y la amplia ventaja. #ESP 3 #AUS 0 #Repetición https://t.co/2qGq6JXt6b

— UNE Mejor juntos (@UNEMejorjuntos) June 23, 2014