Spaniards leave Honduras dazed, defeated

2010-06-21 21:37

Spain 2

Honduras 0

Spain are just too beautiful. And I’m not referring to their physical appearance.

The beauty in Spain’s play was evident through Xavi’s immaculate

passes, David Villa’s scintillating runs and Sergio Ramos’s marauding overlaps

that resulted in victory over Honduras.

Spain’s marvellous touches, quick one-two’s, breathtaking movements

and accurate passing left Honduras dazed, dazzled and defeated.

As a jewel in the crown, Villa netted twice in both halves to

secure the European champions’ first three points of the 2010 Fifa World Cup

after a shock loss to Switzerland in the opening game.

Tonight, Spain’s play warranted six points. It must be pointed out,

though, that the Spaniards had no opponents as Honduras were just too


Villa’s first goal 17 minutes into play was an absolute beauty,

with the Valencia striker receiving the ball on the left, waltzing past a

defender and unleashing a scorcher past keeper Noel Valladares.

In the 51st minute, Villa completed his brace when he let rip from

the edge of the box.

After that goal, Honduras were never in the game. Towards the end

on the match, they looked tired, frustrated and on the brink of giving up.

The two flies in the Spanish ointments were missed chances and

Jesus Navas.

Villa could have scored more, having been denied by the crossbar

early in the first half and then missing from the penalty spot with a hat trick


Villa’s partner upfront, Fernando Torres, who showed signs of not

having fully regained his potency after returning from injury, also missed about

three good sitters.

Another letdown for Spain was Navas, who kept killing the side’s

attacks by either not delivering the ball early or passing inaccurately.

It did not matter much that Spain squandered easy opportunities

last night, but it may haunt them on the final match day on Friday.

With the three points, Spain are now level with Switzerland and

three points behind Chile.

Should they beat Chile and Switzerland defeat Honduras, Group H

will be decided on goal difference.

Spain, Chile and Honduras will have six points each.

Tonight’s game also saw the big guns continuing to come to the

scoring party, with Villa – who is among those expected to end as the leading

goal scorers – finally netting a brace.

It all started on Saturday with Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), continued

yesterday with Luis Fabiano (Brazil) and Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast) and then

earlier today with Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and now Villa.

Any of these could walk away with the golden boot award – except

for Eto’o whose Cameroon has already been eliminated with a game to spare.


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