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Spain sign off with easy win over Australia

Last updated on: June 23, 2014 23:56 IST

Spain's David Villa (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Juanfran against Australia

Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres scored on Monday to help deposed champions Spain sign off with a comfortable consolation 3-0 victory over Australia after a miserable World Cup campaign.

Villa neatly back-heeled the opener in the 36th minute after Spain carved open the Australian defence.

Torres slid home in the 69th minute when set clear in the penalty box.

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Substitute Juan Mata rolled a third goal between the legs of goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the 82nd minute as Australia ran out of steam.

Spain had nothing but pride to play for after losing their first two games. Australia were also on their way home after defeats to Chile and the Netherlands.

Coach Vicente del Bosque made seven changes from the Spanish team that started with a 2-0 defeat by Chile.

Midfielder Andres Iniesta kept his place and won his 100th cap.

Iniesta, scorer of the winner in the 2010 final, showed his craft by helping to create Villa's goal with a superb pass that sent defender Juanfran clear in space on the right wing.

Villa, Spain's record goal-scorer, claimed his 59th goal in 97 games for his country when he turned in the cross. It was probably his last appearance for Spain as he prepares to play in MLS soccer next year.

Australia almost hit back immediately, goalkeeper Pepe Reina hacking the ball clear in a goalmouth scramble.

That was a rare threat from an inexperienced Australian team who missed the presence of suspended leading scorer Tim Cahill up front.

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Image: Spain's David Villa (left) celebrates scoring his team's first goal with Juanfran against Australia

Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images