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David Villa's nifty backheel put Spain on course for first World Cup win

The MLS-bound striker has not had much of a look-in so far in Brazil.

Updated 18:55

SPAIN REDISCOVERED THEIR goalscoring touch against Australia, thanks to a backheel flick from striker David Villa, a neat Fernando Torres finish and a late contribution from Juan Mata.

The former Atletico Madrid man, who is off to Melbourne then the MLS after the World Cup, turned home a cut-back pass from teammate Juanfran to make it 1-0.

Andres Iniesta was the instigator of Spain’s second goal as he cut the Aussie defence open with a slide-rule pass. Fernardo Torres controlled with his left foot and slotted home with his right to make it 2-0.

Mata came off the bench and slotted home, ‘twixt Matthe Ryan’s legs, after 80 minutes to make it 3-0.

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