Jun 8, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Spain midfielder Juan Mata (13) during the first half of a friendly against Haiti at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

World Cup: Spain takes 3-0 lead late

The defending World Cup champion, Spain, have already been eliminated from contention and their World Cup is now officially over. Spain just finished beating Australia in an essentially meaningless game that aired on ESPN 2 from Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil.

Spain’s offense did not necessarily come alive today, but they did score three goals against a weak Australian defense.

In the 82nd minute, Juan Mata, who was subbed on in the 56th minute for David Villa, scored when he faked out the Australian goalkeeper and kicked the ball through his legs for the goal.

The angle that Mata was at was quite difficult for the shot, making the goal all that more impressive.

If you missed the goal, or just want to rewatch it in all it’s glory, check out the GIF below:


Spain needed this performance against Chile last Wednesday to avoid being eliminated, but they simply could not get it together. With the team aging, expect quite a different platoon of men come 2018.

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