Roja Ratings: Australia 0-3 Spain

Spain picked up their first points of the tournament with a win in their dead rubber clash against the Socceroos. Cronan Yu runs through the ratings.

Pepe Reina: 6

Was largely a spectator throughout the match with the Australians failing to pose much of a threat, however was alert and made crucial clearances throughout the match.

Juanfran: 7

Stepped in for Azpilicueta and was solid in defence. Even better in attack as he was constantly seen roaming down the flanks. Provided David Villa with an assist for the first goal.

Raul Albiol: 7

Was formidable in his first World Cup match as he managed to strike a partnership with Sergio Ramos. Managed to keep Adam Taggart quiet throughout the first half.

Sergio Ramos: 7

Played by far his best match so far and played a crucial role as Spain finally looked solid in defence. Made crucial interventions in his own penalty area throughout the match.

Jordi Alba: 7

Was comfortable down the left flank in both defence and attack, and struck up an intriguing battle with Matthew Leckie – who he managed to contain. Also managed to nullify Ben Halloran in the second half.

Xabi Alonso: 6

Replaced Sergio Busquets as defensive midfielder and looked at home, making some crucial interceptions. Kept things simple and tidy throughout.

 Koke: 7

Added flair and composure to Spain’s attack and showed why he should’ve been in the starting line-up all along. Forced Matthew Ryan into a good save in the first half.

Andres Iniesta: 8

Continued his fine form throughout the tournament and was industrious as ever in attack. Cut through Australia’s defence to find Juanfran in an advanced position before setting up Torres for Spain’s second.

Santi Cazorla: 8

Was kept busy on the right wing and provided Spain with another dimension in attack. Often attempted to cut inside and drift between the lines.

Fernando Torres: 7.5

The Chelsea man played, quite possibly, his best match in the Roja shirt for years – looked comfortable, made great runs and did well to nutmeg Ryan en-route to scoring a goal.

David Villa: 8

In what was Villa’s last World Cup appearances, the New York City man showed his class, especially with his neat backheel finish. Posed as a major attacking threat on the left wing.


David Silva: 6

Came on late in the match and drifted amongst the space available as he attempted to complicate things for the weary Socceroos.

Cesc Fabregas: 7

Did well to pick out Mata at the backpost with a cross for his side’s third goal. Was composed in midfield.

Juan Mata: 7.5

Showed his quality with a brilliant finish and had his talent on display in his first appearance for La Roja in the World Cup.

Vicente Del Bosque: 7

He may well have coached Spain for the last time, but showed why he is still the ideal candidate to lead Spain forward, leading his side to a comfortable win against an Australia team who looked to cause an upset. 

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