Australia Vs Spain, Group B - Live Score

MONDAY 23RD JUNE - 9:30PM (LOCAL) | ARENA DA BAIXADA, CURITIBA

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Australia: Having never gone beyond the Round of 16, the Socceroos wish to impress at the big stage and perhaps cause an upset or two. Lowly Australia are in the same group as Netherlands, Spain and a very powerful Chile squad. Tim Cahill and Mark Bresciano are the only two experienced players in the squad who will want to show just what they are all about.

Spain: Currently in the running to pick up their fourth international honour in as many attempts, La Furia Roja have a lot to lose this year. All eyes are on Vicente del Bosque’s side who seems to hold a winning formula, as they are favourites to retain the coveted trophy. Some say that Spain are in decline, but they will be targeting nothing less than the road to the final.

Head-to-Head

The two sides are meeting for the first time.

Commentary

(168 Mins)

Spain nearly steal a fourth goal, as Fabregas runs the ball into the box. He finds Mata, but goalkeeper Ryan blocks the shot.

(168 Mins)

We are into three minutes of stoppage time.

(166 Mins)

Spiranovic is booked for Australia after grabbing hold of David Silvas shirt as he tries to keep hold of the ball.

(165 Mins)

Australia cross the ball in, in an attempt to score a late goal, but Ramos runs in and clears it just in time. Spain are trying to keep a clean sheet here.

(163 Mins)

We are now into the final five minutes of the game.

(162 Mins)

Spain make their final substitution with David Silva replacing Xabi Alonso.

(160 Mins)

Mata scores Spains third goal, as he shoots the ball into the left side of the goal. Fabregas found him across the box, as he ran forward towards the goal, leaving no time for Ryan to stop the shot.

(160 Mins)

Australia 0 - 3 Spain (Mata)

(159 Mins)

Australias goalkeeper, Ryan, fails to save a shot taken by Torres which puts Spain two goals up.

(157 Mins)

Albiol is on the pitch clutching his left leg after he falls badly in a tackle.

(156 Mins)

Wilkinson is given a warning by the referee as he knocks Torres down from behind.

(154 Mins)

Australia seem to be losing momentum here, as they give the ball away deep into their attacking half. Whilst their defence is working hard, they cant seem to carry the ball past the Spanish defenders when they do gain possession.

(153 Mins)

Juanfran crosses the ball into the box, but Spiranovic concedes a corner after clearing the shot.

(151 Mins)

Ramos is shown a yellow card after his bad tackle on Ben Halloran.

(149 Mins)

Australia make their final substitution, as Mark Bresciano replaces Oliver Bozanic.

(147 Mins)

Goal for Spain! Iniesta finds a gap in the Australian defence and passes the ball through for Torres to reach. He slams the ball from the left side of the box into the bottom right of the goal putting Spain two goals up.

(147 Mins)

Australia 0 - 2 Spain (Torres)

(146 Mins)

Fabregas comes on for Santi Cazorla.

(145 Mins)

Spain have been holding onto the ball, and eventually Cazorla was able to take a shot past the defenders to the goal. However, it goes too far for Juanfran to reach.

(142 Mins)

David Villa is overcome with emotion as he is substituted out of the game, after scoring Spains goal.

(140 Mins)

Ramos is booked after his tackle knocks down Australias Halloran.

(140 Mins)

Ramos is booked for Spain.

(139 Mins)

Oar is substituted off due to his injury. James Troisi comes on as his replacement.

(137 Mins)

McKay is able to take a shot at the goal, but his attempt goes just over the crossbar.

(136 Mins)

Leckie finds Oar in the penalty box. Ramos clears the ball but catches Oars leg in the process.

(134 Mins)

Spain make their first substitution, taking goal scorer Villa off the pitch and replacing him with Juan Mata. This substitution marks the end of Villas international football career.

(133 Mins)

Juanfran looks for Torres in the box, but his gentle shot towards the goal makes for an easy save for Ryan.

(131 Mins)

Iniesta carries the ball around the Australian defence, but their possession is lost. As they regain it again, Torres runs into the box to retrieve the ball but is called offside.

(130 Mins)

Australia cant seem to get through the Spanish defence, as each of their attempts are blocked.

(127 Mins)

Oar runs the ball down the left side of the field and crosses it into the box, but the Spanish defence outnumber the Australian players and the ball is successfully cleared away.

(125 Mins)

In the first two minutes, Australia have been taking most of the possession, in the hope of equalising.

(123 Mins)

Australia make a substitution, as Ben Halloran replaces Adam Taggart.

(123 Mins)

The second half is now underway.

(112 Mins)

Australia may be suffering without one of their key players, Tim Cahill, who scored five goals out of the 11 that Australia have got in the World Cup. Cahill is suspended for this match after being booked twice.

(110 Mins)

This is the first time that Australia and Spain have played each other. The first half of the game was largely dominated by Spain, as Australia were unable to steal many opportunities to bring the ball into the box.

(107 Mins)

HALF-TIME - Australia 0 - 1 Spain (Villa 36)

(107 Mins)

The whistle blows signalling the end of the first half.

(105 Mins)

There is one minute of stoppage time.

(105 Mins)

Villas shot which was able to put Spain one goal up from Australia in the 36th minute.

(102 Mins)

Spain seem to be showing more determination than Australia at the moment, holding the majority of the possession. Australias players appear to be less able to penetrate through Spains defence.

(100 Mins)

Five minutes left to play in the first half. Spain are awarded a corner, to be taken by Koke.

(98 Mins)

Australia respond quickly, as Taggart is provided with an attempt to equalise. But goalkeeper Reina gets there just before and kicks the ball out of the box.

(96 Mins)

Juanfran crosses the ball into the box from the goal line. Villa, with no defenders on him, back-kicks the ball into the back of the net. Spain are now one goal ahead.

(96 Mins)

Australia 0 - 1 Spain (Villa)

(93 Mins)

Australia take a run at the goal, but it is given away to Iniesta. Surely a goal will be on the cards soon for one of the teams.

(92 Mins)

Spain are given a corner, to be taken by Koke. The ball has mostly been played in Spains attacking half of the pitch so far.

(89 Mins)

Spain carries the ball up to the box, but Cazorlas clumsy hit gives Australia possession again.

(86 Mins)

Spains best chance at a goal so far. Villa is provided with an attempt to score the first goal of the game, but his shot goes wide of the goalpost.

(84 Mins)

Villa loses the ball just outside the box. The Australian defenders take advantage of his mistake and run the ball back up the pitch.

(82 Mins)

Near miss for Villa. The ball is crossed in for him, but his shot misses the target.

(76 Mins)

Defender McGowan vies for the ball with Villa.

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