• Date: Mon 21 June 2010
  • Venue: Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg
  • Ref: Nishimura, Y
  • Attendance: 45,000


Villa (17)

Villa (51)

2 - 0

Spain vs Honduras

Team Lineups


Iker Casillas
Gerard Pique
Carles Puyol
Joan Capdevila
Sergio Ramos (Alvaro Arbeloa, 77)
Xavier Hernandez Xavi (Cesc Fabregas, 65)
Xabi Alonso
Sergio Busquets
Jesus Navas
David Villa
Fernando Torres (Juan Manuel Mata, 70)


Noel Valladares
Osman Chavez
Maynor Figueroa
Emilio Izaguirre
Sergio Mendoza
Wilson Palacios
Roger Espinoza (Georgie Welcome, 46)
Danilo Turcios (Ramon Nunez, 63)
Amado Guevara
David Suazo (Jerry Palacios, Je, 84)
Walter Martinez

Match Report
European champions Spain got their World Cup campaign back on track as two David Villa goals gave them a comfortable 2-0 victory over Honduras in Johannesburg. Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque made two changes, with Fernando Torres and Jesus Navas starting in place of Andres Iniesta and David Silva, while Honduras made four changes from the side beaten by Chile. The reigning European champions made a fast start, with Torres miskicking when free 12 yards from goal inside the first five minutes. Soon afterwards, Villa almost broke the deadlock, striking a long-range right-foot shot which cannoned back off the crossbar with keeper Noel Valladares well beaten. Spain's dominance paid off with 17 minutes played as Villa drove past two defenders on the left, cut inside another and fired a right-foot shot past the outstretched arm of Valladares and into the far corner of the net. Just past the half-hour mark Torres passed up two chances to extend the lead, first heading wide of the far post after being found unmarked by a ball in from the right from Sergio Ramos. Torres then shot high over the crossbar after racing past a couple of defenders and having just Valladares to beat. Spain continued to hold the upper hand up to the half-time whistle, without creating any further clear openings. Six minutes into the second half Spain and Villa made it 2-0. Xavi and Navas carved open the Honduras defence and the striker's shot from 20 yards was deflected past the hapless Valladares. Villa passed up the chance to complete his hat-trick on the hour mark, after Navas was brought down in the area by Emilio Izaguirre. He sent Valladares the wrong way, but his spot-kick was also inches wide of the post. Cesc Fabregas almost scored within seconds of coming on as a substitute, beating the offside trap to round the keeper, before Osman Chavez got back to clear the ball off the line. Spain continued to dominate to remainder of the game, with Villa having one more chance to seal a treble, running on to Navas' cross but being denied by a superb challenge from Sergio Mendoza.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

Full-Time: SPAIN 2-0 HONDURAS.


Into time added on at the end of the game.


Valladares falls on the ball as Mata threatens another goal, after more quality interplay between several Spaniards.


The game is petering out now, with the result a formality.


Villa has another chance to seal his treble, as he runs on to Navas' cross, but Mendoza is in with a fine challenge.


Honduras are enjoying a little bit more possession in the closing stages.


Suazo makes way for Jerry Palacios.


Mata crosses for Villa at the far post and Maynor Figueroa makes a superb interception.


Welcome heads a Amado Guevara free-kick wide of goal from a rare Honduras attacking position.


Spain still face a tough final group game against Chile, who have six points out of six.


Nunez cuts in off the left flank and shoots from 30 yards, it's well wide of Casillas' near post.


Ramos takes a break and Alvaro Arbeloa has a run-out.


Villa feeds Navas and races on for the return pass, which is overhit by the winger.


Fifteen minutes to play and Spain go in search of further goals.


Mata shoots wide from 25 yards after being given time and space.


Ramos makes a quick break and fails to connect properly with an attempted volley as he races into the area.


Torres trudges off to make way for Juan Manuel Mata.


Nunez whips a free-kick goalwards from 30 yards, but it's a couple of yards too high.


Ramos has a shot deflected behind for a corner, before a Navas header falls kindly for the overworked Valladares.


Fabregas almost scores straight away, beating the offside trap to round the keeper, before Chavez gets back to clear the ball off the line.


Cesc Fabregas comes on for Xavi.


Suazo bends a left-footer well wide of target as Honduras enjoy a rare attack.


A patient Spain attack comes to an end as a Navas ball in from the right is cleared.


Ramon Nunez replaces Turcios.


Villa wastes the chance to complete a hat-trick by sidefooting the ball inches past the post, with Valladares sent the wrong way.


Navas is brought down in the area by Izaguirre, PENALTY to Spain.


Villa somehow reaches a Capdevila pass and crosses goalwards, but Valladares is there to gather at his near post.


Nearly an hour played and the second goal has killed Honduras off completely.


Spain knock it around for fun and eventually Joan Capdevila's cross is headed out for a corner.


Gerard Pique has been caught by a flying boot to the mouth and needs some attention.


Navas shoots from just inside the area and Valladares collects with ease.


Ramos races forward from right-back and fires a shot inches wide of an upright.


A little bit of luck needed with that goal, but it was a fine move.


SPAIN 2-0 HONDURAS, Xavi and Navas carve open the Honduras defence and VILLA's shot from 20 yards is deflected past Valladares.


Spain know that they cannot afford a slip while they hold only a one-goal cushion.


It's scrappy stuff in the opening exchanges.


Roger Espinoza has been replaced by Georgie Welcome.


The second half gets underway.

Half time

Half-Time: SPAIN 1-0 HONDURAS.


Villa feeds Torres in the area, but his shot is blocked by Chavez.


One minute of added time to be played.


Torres falls dramatically in the area, but he's not going to get a penalty for that.


Izaguirre stamps on Villa's foot as they wait for a free-kick to come in and the Spain star slaps his opponent in the face. Luckily for him the ref didn't see it.


Navas almost finds Villa, but Osman Chavez clears away for a corner.


It's just a Spanish stroll at the moment.

Yellow Card

Emilio Izaguirre is booked for a foul on Navas.


Xavi turns away from his marker and almost finds Torres with an attempted throughball.


Within a matter of seconds Torres races past a couple of defenders, but shoots way over the top from just inside the area - two bad misses.


Ramos crosses to the far post from the right and Torres fails the find the target with a downward header.


Villa retrieves the ball from beyond the far post and drives into the area, but his cut-back is cleared by Palacios.


The pace of the game has just dropped a little in the past few minutes.


Suazo wins a free-kick just inside the Spain half, it comes to nothing.


Play is almost all in the Honduras half.


Wilson Palacios catches Sergio Busquets in the face with a flailing arm, but he escapes any sort of sanction.


Navas crosses from the right and Xavi is inches away from a connection that would have brought a second goal.


Midway through the first half and Spain are in total control.


Villa is hauled down on the left side by Mendoza, who is being given a torrid time.


A superb individual effort from Villa, who has signed for Barcelona for next season.


SPAIN 1-0 HONDURAS, VILLA drives past two defenders on the left, cuts inside another and fires a right-foot shot past the outstretched arm of Valladares.


Honduras mount a fluent attack and Walter Martinez lifts the ball over the defence for Suazo, but Iker Casillas is out quickly to smother.


Alonso tries a shot from inside his own half, but it's nowhere near being on target.


Villa skips past a defender out on the left and shoots well wide of the far post after turning inside.


Turcios aims a long pass out to Sergio Mendoza on the right, but the ball bounces up and out of play.


Valladares took a knock and is down injured.


Xavi whips in a dangerous ball from the left and Sergio Ramos heads over with Valladares nowhere near the ball.


Xavi delivers a free-kick into the area, but it drifts out for a goal-kick.

Yellow Card

Danilo Turcios is booked for kicking the ball away.


David Villa almost breaks the deadlock, striking a long-range right-foot shot which cannons back off the crossbar with Valladares beaten.


Xabi Alonso finds space on the left and plays the ball in to Torres, who miskicks 12 yards from goal and passes up the first chance of the game.


A low-key opening, before Navas' cross from the right falls into the hands of keeper Noel Valladares.


Suazo is penalised for a handball on the edge of the Spain area.


Spain, the reigning European champions, enjoy the early possession.


Referee Nishimura of Japan gets the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff

Honduras have made four changes, with David Suazo among those called up to start.

Awaiting Kickoff

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque has made two changes, with Fernando Torres and Jesus Navas starting in place of Andres Iniesta and David Silva.

Awaiting Kickoff

Both sides lost their opening games in Group H, with Spain surprisingly beaten 1-0 by Switzerland, while Honduras lost by the same scoreline to Chile.

Awaiting Kickoff

Pre-tournament World Cup favourites Spain take on Honduras at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.