Australia 0 Spain 3: Player ratings as David Villa nets special goal

Australia 0 Spain 3: Player ratings as la Roja end their World Cup participation on a positive note

Australia
0
Spain
3

Australia

Mathew Ryan Responded to his late error against the Dutch by playing the ‘sweeper keeper’ role confidently. Saves from Alba and Koke were neat too. 5/10

Jason Davidson Juanfran took advantage of space in behind for Villa’s goal, and then Mata replicated in the final 10 minutes. Switched off at crucial moments. 4

Matthew Špiranović Lost sight of Villa for the opener and failed to stop runs from Torres. Spain wore Australia down and lapses in concentration told at the end. 5

Alex Wilkinson Looked tight at the back and prevented Spanish attacks through the middle. 6

Ryan McGowan A key man during Australia’s early domination. Bombed forwards with intent, but Villa looked dangerous in the space left behind, and he let Torres go for the second goal. 5

Oliver Bozanić Contributed to spells of Australian dominance. 5

Mile Jedinak Australia’s quarter-back. The Palace midfielder sprayed passes and put his foot on the ball to ease pressure, though his influence dropped later on. 5

Matt McKay Thwarted Spanish attacks alongside Jedinak nicely until Spain wore his side down. 5

Tommy Oar Put in a committed performance but missed the influence of Cahill. Was monitored closely. 5

Adam Taggart Came in for Cahill and struggled to replicate Australia’s talisman influence. Lack of service as much to blame for his early substitution as his quiet first half. 5

Mathew Leckie A top outlet and livewire for Australia, much in the mould of the suspended Cahill. 6

Substitutes

Ben Halloran Closed out much like Taggart was in the first half. Hardly had a sniff. 5

James Troisi Ran in from the left and tried to threaten Spain with limited success. 6

Mark Bresciano Steady in possession and showed Australia what they will miss. 5

Spain

Pepe Reina Far from a complete maverick, the difference in confidence between Reina and Iker Casillas made the Liverpool man’s decision-making and confidence look unorthodox! Refreshing introduction. 6

Juanfran His experience was clear to see and looked assured on his return to the starting XI. Quick feet and run in behind Australia for the goal was the like the Spain of old. 6

Sergio Ramos Covered well at the back and put in a more disciplined performance. 6

Raul Albiol His assured presence gave Spain an assured look. Regardless of the quality of Australia, Albiol prevented shots from coming at Pepe Reina in the first place. 6

Jordi Alba Loves getting forward but his defensive work has been lacking in this tournament. Showed arrogance in possession at the back. 5

Koke His link-up play with Juanfran and Iniesta was impressive, and Koke looked to be enjoying his chance. Drifted into space effortlessly. 6

Andres Iniesta Representing Spain for the 100th time, played a perfect ball for both goals and had more influence in proceedings than in previous games. 6

Xabi Alonso A much-improved performance by Alonso, who had become a scapegoat after the previous games. Tidy in possession and could yet provide experience of winning silverware to a new generation. 6

Santi Cazorla Given a chance and made an impact. Eager to quicken up the play and try shots from distance. Added freshness to Spain, but lacked that game-changing impact. 6

David Villa (Man of the match) Began his final game for his country in sloppy fashion but soon rose to the occasion. A real threat down the left, using his pace and skill to petrify the Aussie defence. Took his goal like many of his previous 58 international goals. 8

Fernando Torres Looked sharp alongside Villa, a good friend and team-mate. Maybe the addition of Diego Costa will continue to ease pressure on Torres in coming months. Finished well for his goal. 7

Substitutes

Juan Mata Scored late on with sublime touch and finish. A future Spanish star and underrated within the squad. 6

Cesc Fabregas Given a chance after training-ground spat. 5

David Silva Went close with his shot in stoppage time. N/A

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