Spain blank Honduras, Portugal trounce DPR Korea

08:41, June 22, 2010      

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Spain's Fernando Torres shoots during the 2010 World Cup group H soccer match against Honduras at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)

Spain woke up from an opening loss to beat Honduras 2-0 and Portugal humiliated DPR Korea 7-0 in the World Cup on Monday.

David Villa scored in the 17th and 51st minute in Ellis Park Stadium to raise Spain's hopes to reach the knockout stage from Group H.

The European champions, who lost 1-0 to Switzerland in their opener, took an early lead as Villa cut in from the left flank to smash the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Villa doubled up six minutes into second half following brilliant cooperation with teammates.

Xavi sprinted down the middle and sent the ball to Jesus Navas, whose cross found Villa perfectly. The Valencia forward struck the ball from the edge of the penalty area which deflected off the knee of Honduras defender Osman Chavez, past keeper Noel Valladares and into the net.

Moments later Villa missed a hat-trick as he put his spot kick, which was awarded after Emilio Izaguirre brought down Jesus Navas in the area, inches wide of the post.


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