This Monday (23.06), Spain bid farewell to the World Cup at the Baixada Arena in Curitiba in front of 39,375 people. Spain and Australia bid farewell to the 2014 World Cup. Even before taking to the pitch for the last game in Group B, current World Cup holders and the Socceroos had already been eliminated.
The Spanish manager made some changes to the starting line-up who lost to the Netherlands and Chile, playing a lot of substitutes, like goalkeeper Reina, full-back Juanfran, holding midfielder Koke and forwards Torres and Villa. Indeed, players like Xabi Alonso, Xavi Hernández and Casillas probably played in their last World Cup.
On the other side of the pitch, Jedinák, Bresciano, McCay and Australia’s main forward Tim Cahill (34), who was suspended, also probably bid farewell to the World Cup.
In the first World Cup match between Australia and Spain, it was the Socceroos who took the initiative, supported by the Brazilian fans. Australia pressed Spain up field and made it difficult for them play.
In the 20th minute, Spain improved and started to look better. It was not long before Iniesta put in a great deep pass for right-back Juanfran, who passed it to Villa in the middle of the box. The forward was free and opened the score in the 35th minute.
In the second half, Spain had total hold of the match and increased their lead in the 68th minute. Iniesta found Fernando Torres, who came in free on the flank of the Australia defence beating the keeper and making it 2-0. Attacking midfielder Juan Mata, who had come on for Villa, got Spain's last goal. After a cross into the area, the Spaniard controlled the ball and sent it into the corner of Australia's goal. Mata also put in a great effort which was deflected by Ryan.
Forward Villa was chosen as man of the match and was moved when he was substituted, being applauded by the fans.
At the end of the match, Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque praised the team for finishing their campaign with dignity. “We leave the tournament with a good performance. We started a bit slow, but we took hold of the match and had a good game.
At the end of the three matches, Group B ended with Holland on top with nine points, followed by Chile on six. Both teams qualified for the next round. Spain finished on three points and Australia on zero.