David Villa Wins the Day for Spain over Russia

Jonathon MurphyCorrespondent IJune 10, 2008

Hat-trick hero David Villa sent Spain to a delightful 4-1 victory over a disorganised Russia.

After an edgy start both teams got into the game and there were some good bits of play, mostly from Spain.

Spain looked very comfortable on the ball and were getting dangerous balls into the box.

The first goal was well worked after some good play. Fernando Torres got the ball and was left one on one with his marker, he put the centre back under a lot of pressure before skipping past him to set up David Villa for an easy tap in.

The second goal came from a brilliant move. It started with a dreadful pass from Konstantin Zyryanov across the Spanish box which David Silva retrieved and, after some lightning quick passing, was slotted into the path of Villa for him to steer through Igor Akinfeev's legs to finish the half.

In the second half Russia did show more strength as they really started to put pressure on Spain's dodgy back line with some excellent balls into the box, but unfortunately Russia could find no end product..

With fifteen minutes to go Villa completed a magnificent day with a magnificent third goal, he turned Roman Shirokov inside out and drilled the ball home with his right foot.

Russia did get a consolation in the form of a well worked header from Pavlyuchenko.

Spain then added more misery when Cesc Fabregas scored a fourth goal in injury time.

A delightful victory for a deserving Spain. They should breeze through the group stage if they play like that.


Team Sheets


1Iker Casillas
4Carlos Marchena
5Carles Puyol
6Andrés Iniesta
7David Villa
8Xavi Hernández
9Fernando Torres
11Joan Capdevila
15Sergio Ramos
19Marcos Senna
21David Silva

1Igor Akinfeev
8Denis Kolodin
11Sergei Semak
14Roman Shirokov
15Diniyar Bilyaletdinov
17Konstantin Zyryanov
18Yuri Zhirkov
19Roman Pavlyuchenko
20Igor Semshov
21Dmitri Sychev
22Aleksandr Anyukov