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Soccer-Villa gives Spain 1-0 halftime lead against Australia

Reuters

CURITIBA, Brazil, June 23 (Reuters) - David Villa gave Spain

a 1-0 halftime lead over Australia with a clever back-heel as

the already eliminated World Cup holders looked to restore some

pride in their final Group B match on Monday.

Villa, Spain's record goalscorer, turned in a cross by

Juanfran in the 36th minute.

Spain made seven changes to the team which lost 2-0 to Chile

and looked a bit disjointed in the first 20 minutes. They

gradually, however, began to take control of the game with Villa

looking particularly dangerous.

Australia have also already been eliminated.

(Writing by Nigel Hunt, editing by Justin Palmer)

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