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Spain Restore Pride By Outclassing Australia | Reuters

[source] Spainclick here. World Cup Group B soccer match at the Baixada arena in Curitiba June 23, 2014. REUTERS/Henry Romero' style='float:left;padding:5px' />

Substitute Juan Mata rolled a third goal between the legs of goalkeeper Mat Ryan in the 82nd minute as Australia ran out of steam. "In my opinion we played with dignity, we fought, we worked well apart from the first 15 minutes of the first half," Spanish coach Vicente Del Bosque said. "The rest of the game we controlled well." The goals silenced Brazilians fans in the crowd in Curitiba who had jeered Spain and wanted to see Australia cause them more pain. The damage had been done for the Spain when they lost 5-1 to the Dutch and 2-0 to Chile in their first two games, ending the reign of a team who have dominated European and world soccer since 2008. "This time it was our turn to lose and I think we go out with our heads held high," Del Bosque added, saying he will make a decision on his future once he gets home. WHOLESALE CHANGES Del Bosque made seven changes to his starting line-up to ensure as many as his squad as possible saw some action in Brazil.

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