DORTMUND, Germany (Ticker) – Spain is known for its international flops. But the curtain opener for the 2006 World Cup was a rousing success.David Villa scored a pair of goals, including one on a penalty kick, to lead Spain to a dominant 4-0 victory over World Cup newcomer Ukraine in a Group H match at Leipzig.The Spaniards are making their eighth consecutive World Cup appearance, but have failed to reach the semifinals since posting their best result – a fourth-place finish in 1950.
However, this team appears to be the class of Group H and is riding a 23-match unbeaten streak under coach Luis Aragones.
“It doesn’t often happen that you win your first match 4-0,” Aragones
said. “The heat was a factor, certainly, but we did our bit too.”
Xabi Alonso opened the scoring in the 13th minute with a header off a corner kick by Xavi.
Just four minutes later, Villa scored on a deflected free kick.
Villa scored again just two minutes into the second half on a penalty
kick after being brought down by Vladyslav Vashchyuk, who was ejected
for pulling his opponent’s shirt.
Fernando Torres capped the scoring with a powerful right-footed shot in the 81st minute.
Well, at least the football is going OK…. :). Hope this continues….
But Roman said “panem et circenses” (bread and circus). World hasn’t changed much…