Australia 0-3 Spain: As it happened...

By Rajdeep Saha | Last Updated: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 20:31

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So Spain sign off with a victory as Australia finish winless. Both teams will be heading home and the defending champions will salvage some pride. They will hope that they could have done this earlier too against Netherlands and Chile. But a good win nonetheless for the world's no.1 side.

90+4'- Full time. Its Australia 0-3 Spain.

90+3'- Sergio Ramos (Spain) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

90+2'- David Silva (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Seconds later Aussie skipper Mile Jedinak is booked with a yellow card.

90+1'- And now a sliding tackle from Davidson in Australia's six-yard box prevents an almost certain Spain fourth.

90'- Three minutes of added time. Attempt blocked. Goal scorer Juan Mata (Spain) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Cesc Fábregas

88'- Attempt missed by David Silva (Spain) A left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Juan Mata with a cross.

87'- Attempt missed. Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

86'- Corner, Australia. Conceded by Sergio Ramos.

84'- Delay in match Matthew Spiranovic (Australia) because of an injury.

82'- Substitution for Spain. David Silva replaces Xabi Alonso.

81'- Goal Australia 0-3 Spain. Juan Mata scores for Spain. Manchester United forward's left footed shot meets the goal from the right side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cesc Fábregas with a delightful through ball chipped over that finds Mata and the latter doesn't miss those.

80'- So another 10 minutes left and Spain have played well.

79'- James Troisi (Australia) wins a free kick in the attacking half. Seconds later, Xabi Alonso concedes a foul.

78'- McGowan heads the ball out. The corner comes to nothing but Spain raid down the left, then the right, and Australia look like they're just holding on here.

77'- Fernando Torres (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76'- Corner, for Spain. Conceded by Ryan McGowan

74'- Corner, for Spain. Conceded by Matthew Spiranovic.

73'- Offside, Spain. Juanfran tries a through ball, but Cesc Fábregas is caught offside.

72'- Attempt missed. James Troisi (Australia) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mark Bresciano

71'-Substitution for Australia. Bozanic is subbed off for Bresciano.

70'- So the two most successive Spanish forwards doing the job for del Bosque's team. It wqas a smart finish by Torres. Jose Mourinho must be watching and will be proud!

69'- Goal Australia 0-2 Spain. Fernando Torres scores with a right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andrés Iniesta with a through ball.

68'- Foul by Cesc Fabregas on Mckay.

67'- Substitution for Spain. Cesc Fabregas replaces Santi Cazorla.

65'- . Australia have clearly upped their tempo and they chisel away outside Spain's area but they can't quite get through.

64'- Halloran puts in a cross from the right flank but is cleanly parried off by the Spanish defence.

62'- Yellow Card Sergio Ramos (Spain) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61'- Substitution for Australia. Oar off, hobbling after an ankle knock. James Troisi on.

60'- An hour gone and Spain still leads the game 1-0.

59'- Davidson sends a lovely ball through to Leckie. He squares to Oar in traffic but Oar's first touch is clumsy and a shooting chance goes begging.

58'- Attempt missed. Matt McKay (Australia) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

57'- Corner for Australia. Conceded by Ramos.

56'- Villa looked a touch sad on the bench. He must have wanted more playing time for sure.

55'- Substitution for Spain. Juan Mata replaces scorer David Villa Villa might have played his last match for Spain and what a way to end his international career by signing off with a goal.

54'- Spain have enjoyed possession but have lost the ball on too many occasions.

53'- Alonso finds Inesta who passes it to Juanfran on the left who makes a pass for Torres who is ruled offside.

52'- Halloran tries to get around Juanfran with a burst of speed but he runs himself into a corner. Spain get possession but they lose it soon enough.

50'- So 50 minutes have gone and Spain lead the proceedings.

49'- After Iniesta overhits a ball and Ryan cleans up, the Socceroos speed down the left but their final ball is also overhit and Juanfran watches it roll out for a goal kick.

48'- Good lively start and the Aussies are looking for penetration.

46'- Stats suggest David Villa has scored seven of Spain's last 11 goals in the World Cup. Foul by Ben Hallord as Jordi Alba wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45'- Substitution, Australia. Ben Halloran replaces Adam Taggart.

The players are out from the tunnel. We are ready with the second half.

Australia who started so well in the first half lost cntrol as the game progressed. Iniesta made a huge difference. Australia need to get in shape and not let Spain get any more strong hold of the match. They need a quick goal in the second half.

So at halftime its Australia 0-1 Spain! David Villa with a nice tap in.

45'+1- Oar is fouled on the left flank but picks himself up to take a free-kick parallel to the Spain byline. It floats over everyone and just as Bozanic contemplates having a bold crack from an acute angle the whistle goes to end the first half.

43'- Just after that freekick, a Spain long ball was met by Ryan, way out of his box.

41'- Koke, in too much space, tries his luck from distance but his shot is wide.

40'- Iniesta has been superb for Spain on the right and so has Villa. Spain a goal up thanks to the duo.

39'- And Australia almost hit back straight away. From the left Oar crosses dangerously between Reina and his defenders. Alba slides in to clear it but only manages to knock it back towards Reina and the lurking Adam Taggart. Taggart almost gets their first before Spain clear in haste.

37'- Spain get the lead rightly so. Iniesta finds Juanfran on the right wing as he comes inside Davidson. He runs to the byline and finds Villa all alone in the Australia box. Villa scores with the right boot. Where was this Spain in the first two matches?

36'- Goal! Australia 0-1 Spain. David Villa scores. Juanfran with the assist.

33'- Lovely ball for Villa who dribbles from the left and places the ball in the centre with a delicious low cross but no players there to put the ball in. Cazorla and Torres not there could have seen Spain get the lead.

31'- Spain take a corner from the left and it's tickled short to Iniesta. But the ball goes straight back to Reina after running through Alonso in the midfield.

30'- Half an hour gone and its still goalless. Will it end like this in the first half? Lets see.

27'- Fernando Torres (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half after a foul by Wilkinson (Australia). So far its still 0-0 as Spain have enjoyed the better chances. Nothing major though!

25'- Offside, Spain. Sergio Ramos tries a through ball, but David Villa is caught offside.

23'- Attempt blocked by Australia on the right side of the box of a Torres shot. Assisted by Andres Inesta.

22'- Big chance for Spain. A passage of good play sees Jordi Alba fire a snap shot on goal from inside the Australia area but he hits it straight at Ryan who did well to react.

21'- 20 minutes gone and we are goalless here. Spain showing some urgency and that might be a problem for Aussies as the match progresses.

20'- Spain are getting into this now. A big part is played by Iniesta. From the right corner of Australia's box, Iniesta loops a nice cross, finding Villa on the outside of McGowan. But Villa's attempted left-foot volley goes high and wide off his boot and Aussie goalie Mat Ryan sighs with relief.

19'- Torres gets on the outside of McGowan and as McGowan shoots by Torres finds Villa. Villa looks to cut inside Spiranovic before losing his balance and Spiranoviv clears.

17'- Spain trying to get some hold on the match. But Aussies are up to the task. Even here so far.

16'- A good passage of play by France in the attacking third as Iniesta finds Villa who gets the ball to Cazorla inside the Aussie box. Cazorla shoots for goal but is blocked by the Australian defence which is inches from his boot.

15'- Villa picking up a through-ball but he's pulled up for off-side.

14'- Spain enjoying some healthy position in the centre as Aussies intercept and a cross is hurled in from the left as the Spanish defence clear the ball.

13'- Spain are finding it hard to hold possession, and now Torres has one of his heavy first touches.

11'- Jedinak wins a freekick in the defensive half. Its 0-0 here.

10'- Villa finds Torres who tries a back heel but the ball is cleared by the Australian defence.

9'- Davidson has the ball again, but as it's shifted from McGowan to Leckie Spain's Juanfran dispossess him.

8'- Another ball is threaded through the central corridor for Torres to chase but Spiranovic has a good head start and rounds it up, passing to Davidson's wing.

7'- Both teams trying to get a hold early on. Australia have looked the better team.

6'- David Villa (Spain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5'- Leckie shoots from outside the D-box as the ball goes wide. Australia have made a positive start in the match.

4'- Davidson puts in an an excellent cross from the left into a packed Spain box. It's cleared, but not with any comfort. Moments later Taggart chases down a long through-ball but Reina just beats him to it.

2'- Lots os Aussie touches on the ball. The Yellow Brigade trying to attack the Spain defence early on.

1'- Goal kick for Spain after Australia try to make an impact on the left but the ball crosses the back line after a throw-in.

Handshakes, nervous smiles, a coin toss and we're almost there!

The teams are out on the field and the anthems have started.

Teams

And here are your starting teams for tonight's match. Don't say I never give you nothin':

Australia: Ryan, Davidson, Spiranovic, Leckie, Taggart, Oar, Bozanic, Jedinak (c), McKay, McGowan, Wilkinson

Spain: Reina, Albiol, Juanfran, Iniesta, Villa, Torres, Alonso, Ramos (c), Koke, Alba, Cazorla

Welcome to our live coverage of the World Cup Group B game between Australia and Spain at Arena da Baixada, Curitiba. The Group B last match marks the clash between two teams who have made an exit from Brazil. They are still expected to give in their best and go off on a winning note.

Defending champions Spain shocked the world with their Group stage exit after disastrous results against Netherlands and Chile. Manager Vincente del Bosque has accepted the chance of stepping down as Spain’s manager. After having ruled the world for six years, Spain looks a shadow of their former self.

Spain are expected to see a line-up with plenty of changes including skipper Iker Casillas who may be benched in favour of David De Gea or Pepe Reina. Atletico’s Koke might get the nod in midfield alongside Cesc Fabregas and Sergio Busqets. The likes of Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla may find themselves in the heat of proceedings.

Australia are also eliminated from the World Cup after suffering two straight losses as well, but the Socceroos did manage to impress in both ma tches and almost left with a result against group leaders Netherlands. The Aussies will definitely be looking to leave with their heads held high but manager Ange Postecoglou will be missing the services of his top scorer Tim Cahill due to suspension.

With a lot to show, both teams go in knowing a win could do good for them. Expect Spain too hit back and come out on top in this dead rubber.



First Published: Monday, June 23, 2014 - 23:37

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