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Monday, 21st June 2010
Silky Spain Not Lethal Enough

Group H Match

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Spain vs Honduras in Jo'burg Ellis Park.

Having lost to a resilient Switzerland in their opening match, Spain couldn't afford to lose again. Even a draw would have been disastrous, if Switzerland were to beat Honduras in their last match.

If Spain lost, the World Cup tournament would have been over for the European Champions. David Villa didn't let that bother him as he thundered the ball off the crossbar in the seventh minute.

Sergio Ramos later had a penalty appeal turned down and then held his head in horror when he headed over the bar.

On fire from the start, David Villa allowed all of Spain to relax when he weaved in from the left, through two centre-backs and stretched past Osman Chavez; to fire into the top corner.

The 2008 European Champions had finally announced their arrival on the 2010 World stage.

Due to continued Spanish pressure, Honduras didn't really get a look in but did manage to keep the scoreline respectable.

Half-time: 1:0

Early in the second-half, David Villa produced another excellent strike from the edge of the area; although the up and under flight of Jabulani was probably helped on by the shin of Osman Chavez.

Then Sergio Ramos again tried desperately to get himself on the scoresheet. Maybe sometimes he just tries too hard.

Just after the hour, Emilio Izaguirre took the legs of Jesus Navas out from under him in the Honduran penalty area. David Villa stepped up to try for his hat-trick; sent Noel Valladares one way and the ball wide of the post the other way.

A couple of minutes later, Cesc Fabregas came on for Spain and almost scored at the first attempt.

When it comes down to the final games, Spain might rue their missed chances here; even Sergio Ramos had a chance to score his own hat-trick.

Final Score:
Spain 2 Honduras 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 David Villa (17 mins)
2:0 David Villa (51 mins)

Man of The Match:
David Villa - Despite his penalty miss, the Valencia striker really lit the game up for Spain and put their World Cup campaign back on track.


Travel to Spain Spain:
1 Iker Casillas; 11 Joan Capdevila, 5 Carles Puyol, 3 Gerard Piqu�, 15 Sergio Ramos; 8 Xavi, 14 Xabi Alonso, 16 Sergio Busquets, 22 Jesus Navas; 7 David Villa, 9 Fernando Torres.

Travel to Honduras Honduras:
18 Noel Valladares; 21 Emilio Izaguirre, 3 Maynor Figueroa, 2 Osman Chavez, 23 Sergio Mendoza; 13 Roger Espinoza, 20 Amado Guevara, 19 Danilo Turcios, 8 Wilson Palacios, 15 Walter Mart�nez; 11 David Suazo.

Yuichi Nishimura (Japan)

Substitutions Substitutions:
46 Mins (Honduras) - 12 Georgie Welcome on for 13 Roger Espinoza
63 Mins (Honduras) - 7 Ramon Nunez on for 19 Danilo Turcios
66 Mins (Spain) - 10 Cesc Fabregas on for 8 Xavi
70 Mins (Spain) - 13 Juan Manuel Mata on for 9 Fernando Torres
77 Mins (Spain) - 17 Alvaro Arbeloa on for 15 Sergio Ramos
84 Mins (Honduras) - 10 Jerry Palacios on for 11 David Suazo

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
8 Mins - Danilo Turcios (Honduras)
38 Mins - Emilio Izaguirre (Honduras)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

Previous Encounters:
Spain played host to Honduras in Valencia, at Spain 1982. The opening match of the 1982 World Cup Finals ended in a draw (1:1).

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First Round

Friday, 11th June
South Africa vs Mexico
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Saturday, 12th June
Argentina vs Nigeria
England vs USA
South Korea vs Greece

Sunday, 13th June
Algeria vs Slovenia
Germany vs Australia
Serbia vs Ghana

Monday, 14th June
Holland vs Denmark
Italy vs Paraguay
Japan vs Cameroon

Tuesday, 15th June
Brazil vs North Korea
Côte d'Ivoire vs Portugal
New Zealand vs Slovakia

Wednesday, 16th June
Honduras vs Chile
South Africa vs Uruguay
Spain vs Switzerland

Thursday, 17th June
Argentina vs South Korea
France vs Mexico
Greece vs Nigeria

Friday, 18th June
England vs Algeria
Germany vs Serbia
Slovenia vs USA

Saturday, 19th June
Cameroon vs Denmark
Ghana vs Australia
Holland vs Japan

Sunday, 20th June
Brazil vs Côte d'Ivoire
Italy vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Paraguay

Monday, 21st June
Chile vs Switzerland
Portugal vs North Korea
Spain vs Honduras

Tuesday, 22nd June
France vs South Africa
Greece vs Argentina
Mexico vs Uruguay
Nigeria vs South Korea

Wednesday, 23rd June
Australia vs Serbia
Ghana vs Germany
Slovenia vs England
USA vs Algeria

Thursday, 24th June
Cameroon vs Holland
Denmark vs Japan
Paraguay vs New Zealand
Slovakia vs Italy

Friday, 25th June
Chile vs Spain
North Korea vs Côte d'Ivoire
Portugal vs Brazil
Switzerland vs Honduras

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