22 Jun, 2010 @ 11:01
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Villa double gets Spain charge back on track

A DAVID Villa double got Spain’s World Cup Campaign back on track against Honduras in South Africa.

The Barcelona front man opened the scoring midway through the first half after he capped a mazy run with a stunning finish into the top corner.

Just after the break Villa gratefully received Xavi’s cut back to fire a deflected effort beyond the despairing dive of keeper Noel Valladares.

After the opening match disappointment of losing to Switzerland, the Furia Roja came out firing from the first minute.

It was a return to the free-flowing, one-touch football that had critics drooling two years ago when the Spaniards were crowned European Champions.

And the margin of victory could have been far greater had Vicente Del Bosque’s men been more clinical in front of goal.

Hero Villa struck the crossbar with a long-distance thunderbolt and also watched in horror as his hat-trick penalty missed the target altogether.

Fellow hitman Fernando Torres was guilty of a number of misses while second-half substitute Cesc Fabregas saw his effort cleared off the line.

Jon Clarke (Publisher & Editor)

Jon Clarke is a Londoner who worked at the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday as an investigative journalist before moving permanently to Spain in 2003 where he helped set up the Olive Press. He is the author of three books; Costa Killer, Dining Secrets of Andalucia and My Search for Madeleine.

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