Villa Kickstarts Spain's World Cup
After their disastrous start in the World Cup against Switzerland last week, Spain knew that nothing but a win would do against Honduras if they were to maintain any realistic hope of progressing through the group - which of course is the least of the amibitions of this Spanish team, tipped by many to win the competition.
From the word go Spain piled pressure on the Honduras goal with Ramos missing a sitter early on and a Torres shot blocked by what looked like a handball (no penalty given!), but it was David Villa who looked by far the most dangerous. After hitting the crossbar from 30 yards out with an effort somewhere between a drive and a chip, he went on to engineer the first goal of the evening with a sublime piece of individual skill. A lovely piece of footwork saw him leave two defenders in his wake, and cutting inside - just as the ball seemed to be moving too far away from him - he executed a sliding shot into the far right hand corner! 1-0 to Spain and possibly goal of the tournament so far!
Despite a number more spurned chances - Torres and Ramos the villains again! - Spain weren't able to add to their goal talley until the second half. It was David Villa again, but this time a real team effort as a typically Spanish clever interchange of passes opened up the Honduras defence. A deflection off the shin of Honduras defender Osman Chavez did the keeper no favours, but Spain went wild as they looked to have secured the 3 points.
Indeed they had, although they could have easily scored another three or four, with Villa himself missing the best chance of the night - a penalty which he put a ball's width wide of the right post! (He'll regret that if it causes him to miss out on the Golden Boot!)
It could have been better but Spain will be pleased with the 3 points. With Switzerland also on 3 points in Group H and with Honduras still to play, Spain will have to beat Chile to be sure of qualifying.
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