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LIVE: Australia vs Spain

Posted: 23 June 2014 Time: 17:30

Spain eased some of their World Cup disappointment with a 3-0 defeat of Australia in their final match of the competition on Monday.

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FULL TIME: Australia 0-3 (Villa 36', Torres 69', Mata 82') Spain.

90+1 - Aussie yellow: Jedinak is cautioned for a foul on Silva. Ramos directs the resultant free-kick wide of goal.

90 - There will be three minutes of added time.

87 - Aussie yellow: Spiranovic is cautioned for a tug on Silva's jersey.

86 - Spain sub: Silva replaces Alonso.

82 - SPAIN GOAL! Mata rolls the ball between the legs of Ryan from close range! Australia 0-3 Spain.

79 - Torres goes down under a challenge from behind by Wilkinson, with the latter getting a stern lecture from the ref, but no card.

77 - McGowan opts for safety first as he gives away a corner. Spain take it short, but are forced back.

73 - Aussie sub: Bresciano replaces Bozanic.

69 - SPAIN GOAL! Torres finishes calmly after being released by a sumptuous through ball by Iniesta! Australia 0-2 Spain.

68 - Spain sub: Fabregas replaces Cazorla.

67 Bozanic turns nicely before feeding the ball out wide to Taggart, who then disappoints with a poor cross from the right. Bit of niggle between Alba and Taggart.

64 - Koke tries to locate Torres with a left-wing cross but the Aussie defence heads clear.

62 - Spain yellow: Ramos is cautioned.

61 - Aussie sub: Troisi replaces Oar.

58 - McKay connects with a volley at the edge of the area but his effort is off target.

56 - Spain sub: Mata replaces Villa, who trudges off with obvious reluctance.

55 - Juanfran's cross from the right is too close to Ryan, who collects with ease.

54 - Iniesta gathers from deep, he combines with Villa down the left but the flag later goes up for offside against Torres.

50 - Alba does well to force Taggart wide and then robs the newcomer of the ball.

49 - Oar powers down the left but his useful cross fails to find a teammate.

46 - We are back underway. Aussie sub: Halloran replaces Taggart.

HALF-TIME: Australia 0-1 (Villa 36') Spain. It's goalless at the interval in the other Group B tie between Netherlands and Chile.

45 - There will be one minute of added time.

44 - Cazorla gets in a dangerous cross with Ryan out of position but Wilkinson is on hand to clear.

42 - Ryan plays the role of sweeper keeper as he comes out of his box to head clear.

36 - SPAIN GOAL! Villa tucks the ball home with a cute flick off a right-wing cross by Juanfran! That's Villa's 59th goal for his country! Australia 0-1 Spain.

34 - Villa skips past Jedinak down the left before rolling the ball across the face of goal, with Koke and Torres unable to get a touch.

27 - Iniesta asks a lot of Juanfran with a wayward ball, with the latter doing well to keep the play alive. However, Spain are forced to backtrack somewhat.

24 - Ryan drops down smartly to block a shot from the overlapping Alba!

23 - Left-back Davidson cleans up nicely after Juanfran beat his man down the touchline.

22 - Villa miscues a first-time volley off a superb cross by Iniesta from the right. You'd expect more from La Roja's record scorer.

20 - Wilkinson sticks close to Villa and pokes the ball away from the Spaniard. Del Bosque's men are starting to build some momentum.

19 - Juanfran tries to find his namesake Torres in the box, but his delivery is a touch too strong.

17 - The diminutive Cazorla has a shot blocked from close range.

13 - Davidson's cross from the left is too high for Taggart and Alba clears.

9 - The industrious Leckie slides in to arrest Villa's run down the left.

6 - Villa goes down under a heavy challenge from Jedinak. Spain are unable to make the free-kick count as they are forced back into their own half.

5 - Leckie drags a tame effort wide of the target from range. Bright start this by the Socceroos.

3-  Taggart nearly gets on the end of a through-ball but Reina is alert to the danger.

2 - Ramos intercepts a loose ball in midfield by Oar, as the teams trade possession early on.

1- We are underway!

Referee Nawaf Shukralla (Bahrain) will officiate proceedings.

The formalities have all but been concluded, as the teams settle in to formation.

Now it is the turn of the Spanish, who will be desperate to go out with a win following their dreadful run in Brazil.

The teams lead out on to the field at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, with Australia to deliver their anthem first.

The contest is a dead rubber, as both countries have been eliminated from the tournament following successive defeats. Champions La Roja were ripped apart 5-1 by Netherlands before losing 2-0 to Chile, while the Socceroos were beaten 3-1 by the Chileans, and then 3-2 by the Dutch.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has made seven team changes since their last outing, with goalkeeper Pepe Reina and strikers Fernando Torres and David Villa notably getting starts.

The Aussies are minus suspended talisman Tim Cahill, prompting the inclusion of Newcastle Jets forward Adam Taggart, while the injured Mark Bresciano is replaced by former Reading midfielder Oliver Bozanic.

The teams have been announced:

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

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

Livefyre comments on this story...

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-06-23 15:47:16

This is the line up that should've been used in the previous game. The only player that need to be replaced is Torres and give way to David Silva.

Riri86
posted: 2014-06-23 16:10:52

they were beaten by Chile nt Mexico Mr editor

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