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Five-tastic Spain dismantle Austria

Spain hit 5 against Austria at the Ernst-Happel Stadion in Vienna to go out with a bang in 2009, goals from Cesc Fàbregas, David Villa, Daniel Güiza and Pablo Hernández seal an emphatic win for La Furia Roja.

Spain came into the game against Austria on the back of a famous victory against Argentina, not wanting to be complacent Bosque’s men were intent on annihilating the 2008 Euro Cup co-hosts, ironically at the scene of their Euro 2008 Final triumph against Germany.

Spain suffered an early setback, the 20 year old Jakob Jantscher scoring on the edge of the 18 yard box against the European Champions, only in his 4th appearance for Austria. A beautiful dribbling move created from a throw in, leaving Jantscher free in the box, wonderfully finished off with a powerful strike and deflected into the net. Spain were quick to hit back, and on the 10th minute Mr Reliable – Cesc Fàbregas drew the Spaniards level after David Silva Teed up the Arsenal hitman, Fàbregas cooly slotting the ball home.

Cesc Fabregas, David Villa
The Two Talisman – David Villa congratulates Fàbregas
at the Confederations cup in South Africa.

Seconds before the 20 minute mark, Andrés Iniesta played a sharp through ball to Villa and Wigan Athletic’s Paul Scharner missed the interception and Austria paid the price with a natural slotted finish by Villa. Spain had turned the game on it’s head within 20 minutes and before Villa sealed his second and Spain’s third, Yasin Pehlivan was shown a straight red card for a late challenge on Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets.

David Villa added to his tally seconds before half time, which brought him to just 9 goals behind Spain’s top goalscorer Raúl. David Silva received the ball on the right flank which he passed through to Villa with precision. David Villa took one touch, two touch then slotted it past Christian Gratzei, with one of the tightest angles possible – David Villa showing his quality, an absolute gem of a player and Valencia will be fortunate to keep hold of him in January.

Spain were 3-1 up at half time. Looking good for their money, Vicente Del Bosque decided to make 5 changes at half time proving just how much depth Spain have within their ranks. Two substitutes Bosque had to his disposal proved to pay off as on the 55th minute mark, Daniel Güiza converted after some astounding one touch football – leading to only his 6th international goal for Spain, which may come as a surprise to some, considering how highly rated the Fenerbahςe frontman is. Austria looked uninterested and deflated.

Vicente Del Bosque
Life after Luis Aragonés – Del Bosque masterminds another victory.

No more than 60 seconds later, Valencia’s 24 year old Pablo Hernández scored his first Senior goal for Spain as Jesús Navas slid the ball in from the touchline, leaving Pablo to burst through a gap in the defence and poke the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the net.

Spain are starting to prove that they can win the World Cup in South Africa, with a reputation yet to be tarnished, Spain have accumulated 41 victories in their previous 43 games, a record that is sure to continue under the guidance of Vicente Del Bosque. With the International stage coming to an end for 2009 and domestic action heating up across the world, can Spain continue their dominance on the international scene into 2010? Only time will tell.

Germany v Spain - UEFA EURO 2008 Final
Could we see similar scenes to this in 2010 at
the World Cup in South Africa?

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