June 23, 2014 1:00 pm
Updated: June 23, 2014 1:13 pm

WORLD CUP: Spain salvages some pride with 3-0 win over Australia

At least one: Juan Mata of Spain, centre, celebrates scoring his team's third goal with teammates Sergio Ramos, left and Cesc Fabregas.

Ian Walton/Getty Images

CURITIBA, Brazil – Defending champion Spain salvaged some World Cup pride on Monday with a convincing 3-0 victory over Australia in its last match at the tournament.

After losing their previous matches in Group B to the Netherlands and Chile, both teams took to Arena da Baixada knowing they could not advance to the second round.

Story continues below
Global News

SEE MORE: Complete scores and group standings 

David Villa, on his 97th and final appearance put Spain ahead in the 36th minute with his record 59th goal, guiding Juanfran Torres’ pass into the net with the inside of his right foot.

Fernando Torres doubled the lead in the 69th as he steered the ball home following an incisive pass from Andres Iniesta.

Juan Mata added the third from close range in the 82nd after a pass from Cesc Fabregas.

FINAL GROUP B STANDINGS (Netherlands, Chile advance)

Group B final standings, 2014 World Cup

Report an error

Comments