Socceroos go down to Spain 3-0, ending World Cup quest

David Villa scores for Spain against Australia
David Villa scores for Spain against Australia

THE Socceroos have gone down 3-0 to Spain in their final match at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil after goals to Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and the A-League-bound David Villa.

In the other Group B match, the Netherlands topped the group after beating Chile 2-0 thanks to Leroy Fer and Memphis Depay's goals.

External Link: Scoreboard: Australia v Spain

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

Australia started positively in the first half, looking to set a quick tempo early on with snappy passes and pressure on the Spanish midfield.

But Spain eventually got into the tussle, keeping the ball for lengthy spells, with Villa a regular attacking outlet down the left.

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