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  • Date:21 Jun 2010
  • Kick-off:19:30
  • Venue:Ellis Park
  • Attendance:54,386
Goal!

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The referee brings the game to a close.

89:03

The assistant referee flags for offside against Georgie Welcome. Indirect free kick taken by Carles Puyol.

88:27

Alvaro Arbeloa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgie Welcome. Walter Martinez takes the direct free kick. Maynor Figueroa takes a shot. Alvaro Arbeloa gets a block in.

85:59

The ball is sent over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, David Villa takes a shot. Blocked by Sergio Mendoza. Corner taken by Francesc Fabregas.

83:23

Corner from the left by-line taken by Ramon Nunez, free kick awarded for a foul by Maynor Figueroa on Gerard Pique. Free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

83:04

(Honduras) makes a substitution, with Jerry Palacios coming on for David Suazo.

82:00

A cross is delivered by Juan Mata, Maynor Figueroa manages to make a clearance. Corner from right by-line taken by Francesc Fabregas. Xabi Alonso concedes a free kick for a foul on Walter Martinez. Wilson Palacios takes the free kick.

80:26

Gerard Pique challenges Ramon Nunez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Amado Guevara produces a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Georgie Welcome misses to the left of the target.

80:14

David Villa takes a shot. Maynor Figueroa gets a block in.

79:52

The offside flag is raised against Georgie Welcome. Carles Puyol takes the indirect free kick.

78:24

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata from the right by-line, Carles Puyol has a headed effort at goal from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.

77:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juan Mata by Osman Chavez. Free kick crossed right-footed by Francesc Fabregas, blocked by Ramon Nunez.

76:54

Ramon Nunez produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

75:46

Alvaro Arbeloa comes on in place of Garcia Sergio Ramos.

73:46

Foul by Amado Guevara on Xabi Alonso, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.

73:02

The ball is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

71:58

Shot by Juan Mata from outside the box goes over the net.

70:00

The referee blows for offside. Carles Puyol takes the indirect free kick.

69:16

Juan Mata joins the action as a substitute, replacing Fernando Torres.

67:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Busquets on Georgie Welcome. Ramon Nunez produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

66:34

Corner taken short by Francesc Fabregas. Volleyed right-footed shot by Garcia Sergio Ramos. Osman Chavez gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Francesc Fabregas, Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Comfortable save by Noel Valladares.

65:34

Francesc Fabregas takes a shot. Osman Chavez makes a clearance. David Villa takes a short corner.

64:51

Francesc Fabregas is brought on as a substitute for Hernandez Xavi.

64:36

David Suazo has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

63:20

Unfair challenge on Garcia Sergio Ramos by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from right wing, clearance by Wilson Palacios.

62:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Osman Chavez on Sergio Busquets. Joan Capdevila restarts play with the free kick.

62:20

Danilo Turcios goes off and Ramon Nunez comes on.

60:22

Unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Emilio Izaguirre results in a Penalty. Penalty taken by David Villa and missed.

60:11

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Busquets by Wilson Palacios. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

59:35

David Suazo is caught offside. Iker Casillas takes the indirect free kick.

58:42

The ball is delivered by David Villa, save by Noel Valladares.

55:42

Gonzalez Jesus Navas produces a cross.

55:10

Hernandez Xavi decides to take the corner short.

54:37

Centre by Joan Capdevila, clearance made by Amado Guevara. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi, clearance by Wilson Palacios.

52:35

Gonzalez Jesus Navas takes a shot. Comfortable save by Noel Valladares.

52:19

Free kick awarded for a foul by Amado Guevara on Sergio Busquets. Direct free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

51:19

Garcia Sergio Ramos has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

50:06

David Villa fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area high into the middle of the goal. Spain 2-0 Honduras.Assist on the goal came from Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

46:10 +1.10

Corner taken by Danilo Turcios from the right by-line, Iker Casillas makes a save.

45:16 +0.16

Fernando Torres takes a shot. Blocked by Osman Chavez.

45:05

Long range effort on goal by Maynor Figueroa goes wide left of the goal.

45:00

Roger Espinoza leaves the field to be replaced by Georgie Welcome.

44:54

The official flags Sergio Mendoza offside. Gerard Pique takes the indirect free kick.

43:57

The official flags David Suazo offside. Indirect free kick taken by Iker Casillas.

41:59

Unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Wilson Palacios results in a free kick. Gonzalez Jesus Navas restarts play with the free kick.

39:58

Foul by Amado Guevara on Hernandez Xavi, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hernandez Xavi from right wing.

39:27

A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, clearance made by Osman Chavez. Short corner worked by Hernandez Xavi.

38:26

The ball is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, save by Noel Valladares.

37:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gonzalez Jesus Navas by Emilio Izaguirre. Emilio Izaguirre goes into the referee's book. Direct free kick taken by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

35:21

Fernando Torres is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Osman Chavez takes the indirect free kick.

33:30

Sergio Busquets gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Amado Guevara. Maynor Figueroa restarts play with the free kick.

32:53

Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

32:24

Garcia Sergio Ramos delivers the ball, Fernando Torres has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

31:33

A cross is delivered by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

29:47

Foul by Walter Martinez on Carles Puyol, free kick awarded. Carles Puyol restarts play with the free kick.

29:27

Foul by Carles Puyol on David Suazo, free kick awarded. Wilson Palacios restarts play with the free kick.

28:49

The ball is sent over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas.

27:25

Gonzalez Jesus Navas produces a cross, Emilio Izaguirre gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Hernandez Xavi.

26:47

David Suazo is adjudged to have handled the ball. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.

25:41

Foul by Wilson Palacios on Sergio Busquets, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Sergio Busquets.

24:21

The ball is crossed by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, Emilio Izaguirre gets a block in. Hernandez Xavi takes a short corner.

23:15

Joan Capdevila delivers the ball, Emilio Izaguirre makes a clearance. Gonzalez Jesus Navas sends in a cross.

22:04

The ball is sent over by Fernando Torres, clearance made by Sergio Mendoza.

19:15

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sergio Mendoza on David Villa. Hernandez Xavi crosses the ball in from the free kick, Foul by Garcia Sergio Ramos on Maynor Figueroa, free kick awarded. Noel Valladares takes the free kick.

18:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Walter Martinez. Iker Casillas takes the indirect free kick.

16:48

David Villa fires in a brilliant goal from inside the area to the top right corner of the goal. Spain 1-0 Honduras.Gerard Pique provided the assist for the goal.

15:01

Sergio Mendoza crosses the ball, save by Iker Casillas.

14:25

Long range shot by Xabi Alonso goes wide right of the target.

14:12

Walter Martinez delivers the ball, save by Iker Casillas.

13:11

Effort from the edge of the box by David Villa goes wide of the right-hand upright.

12:45

A cross is delivered by Walter Martinez, save by Iker Casillas.

10:26

Garcia Sergio Ramos has a headed effort from close range and clears the bar.

9:54

Hernandez Xavi takes a short corner.

7:12

Emilio Izaguirre concedes a free kick for a foul on Sergio Busquets. The referee books Danilo Turcios for unsporting behaviour. Free kick crossed right-footed by Hernandez Xavi.

6:30

A cross is delivered by Garcia Sergio Ramos.

6:02

David Villa takes a shot.

4:34

The ball is crossed by David Villa, Fernando Torres has a mishit shot. Save by Noel Valladares.

3:20

The ball is sent over by Gonzalez Jesus Navas, save made by Noel Valladares.

2:14

Gonzalez Jesus Navas produces a cross, Emilio Izaguirre gets a block in.

1:48

David Suazo handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Iker Casillas restarts play with the free kick.

The game kicks-off.

It is the end of the first-half.

The second half kicks off.

It is the end of the first-half.

The second half kicks off.

Match Preview

Puyol: Honduras match akin to a final Carles Puyol accepts Monday's World Cup group match with Honduras is like a "final" for the European champions after their shock defeat to Switzerland in their opening game. Puyol and co were beaten 1-0 by the Swiss in their first Group H match and need a win against the Central Americans to get their campaign back on track, having been touted as one of the pre-tournament favourites. Barcelona captain Puyol refused to accept his team had played particularly badly against Switzerland or that the team were tired after gruelling club campaigns. "The team is really enthusiastic and really keen after the incident the other day and we are looking forward to the next match," he said. "We want to feel cool and calm, to not be anxious and to play the football we know we can play. "It is an extremely important match - like a final. We know we have to come out winning. To do that we have to be very respectful of our opponent and we hope to have a good matc England manager Fabio Capello has come in for criticism over his policy of keeping his starting line-up a secret from his players until two hours before a match, but Puyol revealed that was the same approach Spain had adopted and felt it worked well. "We also know the starting line-up just before a match. What coaches look for is that everybody is really alert, if you know you are not playing you can disconnect," he said. "In terms of Spain we are all highly committed. Even if we all knew the starting line-up a day before a game I'm sure we would all be rowing in the same direction," National coach Vicente Del Bosque reported no injuries other than an undisclosed problem for Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta which he expects will rule him out of the match. Del Bosque has come in for criticism following the defeat to Switzerland, but he has been boosted by words of support from Spanish federation president Angel Maria Villar and insists he loves it when games are being played for the highest stakes possible. "Even when you are able to come out victorious it is not always usual to have everyone on your side, but I felt huge support and I have to thank everyone," he said. "There are some bitter-sweet opinions because defeat is difficult to take but I shouldn't be thinking about contrary opinions. "We don't have to fight that criticism, criticism should always be freely expressed. But I don't feel ill-treated and my squad does not feel ill-treated either. "This is the World Cup -we can't relax. We have the right amount of pressure. Our players are experienced, they are used to high-level competition and I prefer these matches that are very intense. There are very few easy matches as you have seen already," Like Puyol, Del Bosque insisted there would be no radical change of approach from La Roja. He said: "Substantially I don't think we will change our game at all in terms of what we've been doing over the last two years. We have to be more accurate in terms of finishing, but in terms of moving the ball we will follow the same style." Honduras captain Amado Guevara has urged his team-mates to play for a famous victory against a Spain side who are "not invincible". Los Catrachos take on the European champions in their second World Cup Group H match at Ellis Park with both sides looking to put points on the board after opening defeats - Honduras going down 1-0 to Chile. Spain's 1-0 loss to the Swiss was a major shock and it would be even more surprising if Honduras were to condemn Del Bosque's side to a second defeat. Guevara wants his team to treat Spain with respect but not to be intimidated by them. He told El Heraldo: "The team is good and ready to play against Spain, we know we have a great responsibility but also that we have a chance to move to the next round. We know that we are playing a team with great tradition and quality but we can win. "They are not invincible and we must work hard to win, it will be a duel because they have strong technique and we must not allow them time to think." "You have to control the ball, have more discretion, be bold and have conviction. Within the group we have prepared ourselves mentally to believe that we can win and progress into the last 16." Honduras midfielder Hendry Thomas suffered a muscle strain on Friday but is expected to be available, while coach Reinaldo Rueda will continue to assess the fitness of striker David Suazo who is battling back from a leg injury.

Formation:41212Manager: Vicente Del Bosque

Spain

Formation: 4231Manager: Reinaldo Rueda

Honduras

  • Iker Casillas
  • Garcia Sergio Ramos
  • Carles Puyol
  • Gerard Pique
  • Joan Capdevila
  • Gonzalez Jesus Navas
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Xabi Alonso
  • Hernandez Xavi
  • Fernando Torres
  • David Villa
  • SUBS
  • Victor Valdes
  • Raul Albiol
  • Carlos Marchena
  • Andres Iniesta
  • Francesc Fabregas
  • Juan Mata
  • Alvaro Arbeloa
  • Rodriguez Pedro
  • Fernando Llorente
  • Aguinaga Javi Martinez
  • David Silva
  • Jose Reina

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Match Report

Villa at the double for Spain David Villa almost had a perfect night as a goal in each half from the new Barcelona recruit helped Spain get their World Cup campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over Honduras. A wonderful individual effort in the first half was followed by a goal forged by brilliant movement off the ball in the second. The only thing missing was the hat-trick to crown the performance as he sidefooted wide a second-half penalty and struck the crossbar early on. The win was vital after the opening Group H defeat to Switzerland and Vicente Del Bosque's side finally looked to have settled into the tournament. Honduras had an early escape when Emilio Izaguirre handled the ball in the box as Fernando Torres tried to flick it over his head but Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura waved play on. Spain were even more unfortunate in the seventh minute when a 30-yard Villa shot smacked against the crossbar with goalkeeper Noel Valladares well beaten as the European champions came flying out of the blocks. Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos wasted a glorious chance when he headed over a Xavi free-kick from the left from three yards out and Villa cut in from the left and fired wide after Xabi Alonso had cleverly switched the play. Spain still looked a little nervy in defence after the Switzerland setback and a deflected Walter Martinez cross drew an unorthodox clearance with the knees by Iker Casillas. Spain then gained the lead they deserved, though, with a stunning strike from Villa after 16 minutes. Again the new Barcelona man had drifted out to the left, but this time he somehow manoeuvred the ball between Sergio Mendoza and Amado Guevara with supreme close control, cut inside Osman Chavez and at full stretch smashed an angled shot across Valladares into the top corner. Torres showed he was still some way from rediscovering his killer instinct as he headed a Ramos cross into the turf and over and then fired wildly over after full-back Mendoza, run ragged by Villa, gifted possession to him. Villa then caught the eye for the wrong reasons after lashing out at Izaguirre as the pair waited for a free-kick to come in, and he was fortunate to escape a booking or even a red card as Spain took a single-goal lead into the interval. The second goal arrived within six minutes of the restart as Spain launched a counter-attack. This time it was Villa's movement off the ball that proved key as he drifted back to the edge of the box to receive Navas' cutback from the right and his shot looped in off Chavez. Ramos almost added the third seconds later with a right-foot toe-poke from the edge of the area and more goals looked on the cards. Villa wasted a chance to complete a hat-trick from the penalty spot when he sidefooted wide after Navas made the most of some contact in the box from Izaguirre. Cesc Fabregas was then given his first taste of the 2010 World Cup, coming on for Xavi to a wall of vuvuzela noise. The Arsenal midfielder almost scored within seconds as Ramos played him in over the top, he rounded Valladares but Maynor Figueroa got back to clear his shot from an awkward angle. Substitute Ramon Nunez was the first to try his luck for Honduras in the second half with a right-foot free-kick over the top midway through the half, and Torres was withdrawn with 20 minutes to go for Juan Manuel Mata of Valencia. Mata was quickly into the action with a left-foot shot over from 20 yards as the Hondurans allowed him too much space and tried to turn provider for his old club colleague Villa with eight minutes left, swinging in a cross from the left which Figueroa had to divert for a corner. Villa was again denied his treble as Mendoza blocked a late effort from yet another Navas cross.

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