All is not lost for World Cup favorite Spain.

David Villa struck twice to lead the European champions to a 2-0 win yesterday over Honduras. Spain now has three points and can still win Group H with a victory over Chile.

After last week’s shocking 1-0 defeat to Switzerland, Spanish coach Vicente del Bosque fielded a more ambitious 4-4-2 formation, with Fernando Torres joining Villa in a two-pronged attack.


In the 17th minute, Villa scored the first goal of the tournament for the European side. He cut through two defenders and then sliced in a beautiful shot across the goal from a sharp angle. It may be the goal of the tournament. Villa added his 40th international tally in the 51st and narrowly missed on a penalty kick — wide right — in the 62nd.

Spain looked sharp against an overmatched Honduran side that often played with their entire team behind the ball. Every World Cup, it seems like Spain disappoints but this team has a chance to finally fulfill the nation’s soccer potential.

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