Ellis Park, Johannesburg, South Africa

Referee: Yuichi Nishimura | Attendance: 54386

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  • David Villa 17'
  • David Villa 51'

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  • 90'

    Comment from John Brewin at Ellis Park: Spain, while dominant, never got into full gear. It is difficult what to make of this performance save to say that Honduras were perhaps overawed by this occasion.

  • 90'

  • 90'

    Comment from Tom Adams: After a shock defeat in their opening game, Spain are up and running in this World Cup. David Villa looks in ominous form but Torres has plenty of room to improve.

  • 90'

    Honduras were poor, so you would have to fancy Swizterland's chances of beating them by two goals. Could the impressive Chile be sent tumbling out?

  • 90'

    Spain should have won by more than this, but the two-goal victory was enough to confirm any kind of win over Chile will put them through.

  • 90'

    And that's it, the game is over.

  • 90'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Spain have been awarded 14 penalties since 1966, more than any other team.

  • 90'

    Into time added on

  • 90'

    If Switzerland and Chile win/lose by the same 1-0 scoreline then they will have to draw lots

  • 89'

    Foul on Welcome, free-kick on the left. And it is completely wasted.

  • 88'

    Right, we've just worked it out. With this scoreline Spain are DEFINITELY through if they beat Chile, no matter by what scoreline.

  • 88'

    Fabregas takes the corner, which goes over everyone and out.

  • 87'

    David Villa collects a good ball from Jesus Navas on the right. He should finish first time but takes a touch and that allows Mendoza to make a superb block.

  • 86'

    As it stands Spain will be one goal better off than Switzerland. But the Swiss play Honduras and Spain take on Chile in the final game.

  • 85'

    The corner comes in from the left, but the ref spots some pushing. Free-kick

  • 84'

    David Suazo is off, on comes Jerry Palacios

  • 84'

    Mendoza crosses from the right and Arbeloa heads behind

  • 84'

    Great cross from Mata on the left, Villa is inches away from it - Izaguirre just nicks it away from him

  • 83'

    Nunez chips the free-kick to the far post, Welcome meets it but the effort it always drifting wide

  • 82'

    Pique is spoken to for a trip on Nunez.

  • 82'

    Now Villa strikes into the body of a defender

  • 81'

    Corner to Spain. It comes in from the right, Puyol gets there first but cannot guide it on target.

  • 80'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Touches in the box through the first 70 minutes: Spain 41. Honduras 1.

  • 80'

    Fabergas strikes it but hits a defender.

  • 79'

    Palacios sends Mata flying. A chance to deliver into the box from the left

  • 78'

    Great try from Nunez, but always wide as it bounces back off the ad boards.

  • 77'

    Sergio Ramos is replaced by Alvaro Arbeloa

  • 76'

    Spain still very much on top

  • 75'

    Spain to win, with bet365  
    Honduras to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That was the first ever missed penalty by Spain at the World Cup after 13 successful attempts.

  • 74'

    Woeful pass from Navas after a nice piece of skill, again hitting it over everyone

  • 73'

    David Villa sends his penalty wide

  • 73'

    Honduras just have no invention, they have no way back into this game

  • 73'

    Welcome blasts a shot from a stupid position into the legs of a defender

  • 72'

    Juan Mata is on for a clearly unhappy Torres

  • 71'

    David Villa celebrates his second goal

  • 70'

    Nunez takes and, like just about every free-kick at this World Cup, fires it over

  • 69'

    Foul by Sergio on Welcome, free-kick on the left in a promising position

  • 69'

    Corner comes in from the left, Navas' header is weak and the keeper collects

  • 68'

    Sergio Ramos sees his fine volley from the edge of the box deflected just wide. That was going in.

  • 67'

    Fabregas' first touch sees him through on goal, he goes round the goalkeeper but a defender makes a last-gasp clearance on the line

  • 67'

    Cesc Fábregas for Xavi

  • 66'

    Snap shot from Suazo, but it's always going wide

  • 65'

    Comment from John Brewin at Ellis Park: From here, that penalty looked soft, and if not doubtful then daft on the part of the Honduran. An audible gasp of dismay after Villa's miss. Torres, who knows a thing or two about missing chances, ruffled his hair in rueful consolation.

  • 64'

    Free-kick from Xavi, easily headed clear of danger

  • 63'

    Ramón Núñez on for Danilo Turcios

  • 62'

    MISS! David Villa steps up to complete his hat-trick ... and sidefoots a yard wide of the right-hand post.

  • 61'

    PENALTY - to Spain. Emilio Izaguirre catches the leg of Jesus Navas as he tries to cut back in the box.

  • 60'

    Spain to win, with bet365  
    Honduras to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    David Suazo is penalised for jumping on Joan Capdevila

  • 59'

    Spain need to keep scoring tonight, as goal difference may well come into it as there is every chance that Chile, Switzerland and Spain will all finish on six points.

  • 58'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Spain have never lost a World Cup match when leading by two goals. They last drew when finishing 2-2 with South Korea in 1994.

  • 57'

    Cross from Navas on the left, woeful and over everyone

  • 56'

    Wonderful football from Spain, it deserved a third. Capdevila almost latched on to the final ball from Xavi but it was too long.

  • 55'

    Pique's in the wars again, this time he gets an accidental boot in the face from an opponent and blood is pouring from his mouth. Spain down to ten for now

  • 54'

    Awful shot from Navas. He had options left and right and effectively passed it to the Honduras keeper

  • 53'

    Ramos breaks forward from defence and finds himself in an attacking midfield position. He keeps going before blasting a shot just a yard wide

  • 52'

    Honduras had come out with purpose, you can't help but feel the rout could now be on

  • 51'

    GOAL! Navas is left in acres of space on the right, he pulls it back for Villa on the edge of the box who sees his shot deflected past the goalkeeper

  • 50'

    Turcios volleys a pass out wide to the left, where there is not one Honduras player.

  • 49'

    Chávez tries to get in down the outside of Navas but it's poor from him again, and a goal-kick

  • 48'

    That's shot from the kick-off was by Figueroa. You're not at Wigan now.

  • 47'

    Honduras have made an attacking change at the break with Georgie Welcome on for Roger Espinoza

  • 46'

    And Honduras take a shot straight from the kick-off. It was so quick we missed who it was that blasted it over the bar

  • 46'

    We're off

  • 45'

    Spain to win, with bet365  
    Honduras to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Tempers flared at times in the first half

  • 45'

    Half-time comment from John Brewin at Ellis Park: Every game sees us greeted with the sight of the McDonald's dancers. Game girls but I imagine their future better lies in flipping burgers than any career in modern dance or equivalent.

  • 45'

    Great stuff from Fabio Capello tonight. Could John Terry's England career be over after the World Cup? Read all about that here.

  • 45'

    Comment from John Brewin at Ellis Park: Spain with all the pressure and the chances yet still not quite convincing. Their test will likely come against the Chileans on Friday. On this evidence, Honduras are on a damage limitation exercise. Not a game blessed with a thrilling atmosphere, this one.

  • 45'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Spain have won 12, lost one and drawn three when leading at the half in the World Cup.

  • 45'

    Honduras have offered little and while a loss here will not send them home, they surely will no be playing in a week's time.

  • 45'

    A solid performance from Spain, and they really should go on to win this.

  • 45'

    It comes in from the left, and is headed behind. But time is up and that's half-time.

  • 45'

    Corner for Honduras

  • 45'

    Villa breaks clear down the left, he cuts back and finds Torres but his shot blasts into Chávez

  • 45'

    One minute to be added on.

  • 45'

    Torres goes down in the box from a challenge by Mendoza. Never a penalty.

  • 44'

    Villa's effort sits in the back of the net

  • 43'

    Jesus Navas is brought down by Palacios, another free-kick

  • 42'

    Izaguirre claims he's been caught in the face. The ref didn't see it but replays clearly showed Villa did put his hand in the Honduran's face and he's luckily to escape a red.

  • 42'

    Guevara trips Xavi, free-kick over on the right

  • 41'

    Good ball this time by Navas, looking for Villa but the defender gets in first

  • 40'

    Xavi finds Jesus Navas on the right, and his cross is deflected into the grasp of Valladares

  • 39'

    Emilio Izaguirre for a foolish tackle from behind on Jesus Navas

  • 38'

    ESPN Stats & Info: That was David Villa's first ever open play goal at the World Cup after two penalties and a direct free-kick.

  • 37'

    Replays show Torres was onside. He'd only have missed anyway.

  • 36'

    Xavi finds Torres over the top, but he's offside

  • 35'

    Torres and Jesus Navas, the two players to come into the side, are battling it out to be Spain's worst player

  • 34'

    Straight away Torres gets another chance, intercepting a woeful pass from Mendoza, he jinks inside and has only the keeper to beat ... and finds row ZZ. A woeful effort.

  • 34'

    Sublime cross by Ramos from the right, it finds Torres completely unmarked at the back stick - but he heads down and wide

  • 33'

    Villa celebrates his goal

  • 32'

    Jesus Navas gives the ball away again, and again

  • 31'

    Another foul by Palacios, this time on Alonso

  • 30'

    Spain to win, with bet365  
    Honduras to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    Torres' touch is letting him down at the moment, he needs this game time though

  • 29'

    Xavi's corner goes over everyone for the throw-in

  • 28'

    Jesus Navas tries the first time cross, it hits the defender for a corner

  • 27'

    Poor cross from Jesus Navas. He's been largely disappointing

  • 26'

    Palacios is penalised for catching Sergio with a loose arm. Another soft decision, no red like in the last game though

  • 25'

    Honduras have no answer to the passing vision of Spain

  • 24'

    Jesus Navas is left unmarked at the back stick, he takes possession and looks for Xavi in the centre - it's a whisker out of his reach with the header.

  • 23'

    Turcios almost finds Suazo in the box, Puyol clears at the second attempt.

  • 22'

    There has to be a danger that this game could become a rout

  • 21'

    ESPN Stats & Info: Five Spanish players still have 100% pass completion.

  • 20'

    Free-kick on the left flank. It's drifted over to Ramos at the back stick again but this time he's penalised for a push on Figueroa

  • 19'

    Now Villa is sent flying my Mendoza on the right. He's got no answer to the skill of Villa

  • 18'

    Comment from John Brewin at Ellis Park: Great goal by David Villa, granted the freedom of downtown Johannesburg to guide that in. Honduras have been passed to death so far and a goal looked imminent.

  • 17'

    GOAL David Villa! He takes possession inside the box and turns the defender before firing a fine right footed shot into the top right-hand corner. No chance for the keeper

  • 17'

    Honduras break! Suazo almost gets in but Casillas is wise to it.

  • 17'

    Mendoza does get a cross in but it's poor and Casillas makes a confidence-boosting catch.

  • 16'

    Awful error by Casillas. The delivery came in from right, it seemed harmless but the goalkeeper opted to slide in and clear with his legs. Time for Honduras to get more crosses in I think.

  • 15'

    Spain to win, with bet365  
    Honduras to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    Now Villa goes close again. Alonso finds Villa on the left, he cuts in side but can't fire on target.

  • 14'

    Spain are now all over Honduras. Surely it's only a matter of time. But then we said that in the first game.

  • 13'

    Valladares needs a bit of treatment after landing badly, but he'll be okay.

  • 12'

    Ooooooh! Close again! Xavi's cross from the left was met by the unmarked Sergio Ramos who headed over. Valladares was nowhere!

  • 11'

    Comment from John Brewin at Ellis Park: A mild night at the dilapidated Ellis Park and a somewhat subdued atmosphere. Even that shot rattling the bar has failed to lift spirits. Could Spain's old fears be returning?

  • 10'

    Here's a nice shot of Sara Carbonero, girlfriend of Iker Casillas

  • 9'

    The free-kick is curled into the box and Sergio Ramos claims he was pushed to the ground. The Honduras players are furious, claiming that Mendoza did nothing

  • 8'

    Danilo Turcios enters the book for trying to block a quick free-kick.

  • 8'

    Spain are taking control now, Honduras creaking a little.

  • 7'

    Ooooooooooh! A long range strike from Villa had Valladares beaten all ends up. And it comes back off the bar. So close.

  • 7'

    Looking back at the first Torres chance, and replays suggest a possible handball by Izaguirre as Torres tried to hook the ball over him. I've seen them given

  • 6'

    Great ball into Torres by Villa, and the Liverpool striker fluffs his lines. He was six yards out and should have done better

  • 5'

    Torres almost finds space in the box, but cannot get control

  • 4'

    It's a positive start from Honduras.

  • 3'

    Handball against Suazo as he tried to chest down a ball inside the D.

  • 2'

    Eary mistake by Xavi in midfield as he needlessly gives the ball away.

  • 1'

    KICK-OFF: Spain get the game started.


    It's almost time.


    Honduras cannot be eliminated if they lose, but it would make their task very hard.


    If Spain fail to beat Honduras then they will be in real trouble. In fact, if they lose tonight they would amazingly become the third team eliminated from the competition after Cameroon and North Korea.


    Out come the teams on a huge night for Spain


    ESPN Stats & Info: Spain have kept only five clean sheets in their last 21 World Cup finals games.


    ESPN Stats & Info: Honduras only managed to touch the ball once in the opposition?s box against Chile, fewer times than any other side in the opening round.


    ESPN Stats & Info: Spain's defeat against Switzerland was the first time they lost with Andres Iniesta in the starting line-up.


    ESPN Stats & Info: These teams have only met once previously: in the Group stage during the 1982 World Cup, the Catrachos held the hosts Spain to a 1-1 draw.


    And two changes for Honduras as Walter Martínez and Danilo Turcios come in for Edgar Alvarez and Carlos Pavon.


    Spain make two changes to the team which lost to Switzerland, opting to play both David Villa and Fernando Torres in attack. Torres and Jesus Navas come into the side, with the injured Andres Iniesta and David Silva missing out


    Join us at 1830 GMT to see if Spain can bounce back against Honduras.



Goal Shot Video
  • Shots (on goal)

  • tackles

  • Fouls

  • possession

  • Spain

  • 22(7)

  • 16

  • 9

  • 57%


  • Honduras

  • 9(0)

  • 11

  • 19

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Honduras
22(7) Shots (on goal) 9(0)
9 Fouls 19
12 Corner kicks 2
1 Offsides 7
57% Time of Possession 43%
0 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 3

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