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.
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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.