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World Cup: Spain defeat Australia 3-0

Spain have outclassed Australia beating the Socceroos 3-0 in Curitiba. But the young and inexperienced Socceroos showed some flashes of brilliance.

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How the Socceroos players rated in their defeat against Spain.

1 – RYAN (GK) – His best game of the tournament and didn’t deserve to cop three – he couldn’t be blamed for any of the goals. Made some good saves in a vastly improved display from the past two matches. Rating: 7

19 – McGOWAN – A grim day out. He never quite grappled with David Villa and didn’t give the side much going forward. Was much more effective against the Dutch. He’s not an elite right-back and it’s clear centre-half is his position. Rating: 4.5

Star performer: Matt McKay.

Star performer: Matt McKay. Photo: Getty Images

3 – DAVIDSON – Prevented a certain goal at the end but was badly misplaced for the first goal. A tough 90 minutes and like many others, will be much-improved for having this tournament experience under his belt. Rating: 5.5

22 – WILKINSON – Another nervous opening for Wilkinson as he gave the ball away early but he steadily improved and probably played the best of his three matches, making some decent interventions. Rating 6

6 – SPIRANOVIC – Spiranovic has been Australia’s best defender at the World Cup without doing anything spectacular to stand out. Didn’t make any horrendous mistakes and always looked comfortable on the ball. Rating 6.5.

17 – McKAY – Australia’s best player all day, the Brisbane Roar veteran buzzed around in midfield, linking the play and generally proving himself to be more than worthy at this level for a second straight match. Rating 7

15 - JEDINAK(C) – Looked on track for a good game early but couldn’t affect the flow when the Spaniards took over the midfield battle late in the first half. Plugged away and made some agricultural contributions. Rating 6.

7 – LECKIE – Never stopped trying and deserves praise for his work rate but his technical ability let him down at times. The match wasn’t so open this time, which is what he prefers. Still, one Australia’s best at this tournament. Rating 6

11 – OAR – After an improved showing against the Dutch, Oar struggled again to make an impact here. Seemed to get beaten physically and his pace didn’t frighten the Spaniards. Hooked after just an hour. Rating 5

13 – BOZANIC – Started in the absence of Mark Bresciano and grabbed a pass mark. Found the going a little rough early but dropped deeper, claimed more of the ball and offered some handy touches. Rating: 6.

9 – TAGGART – Given 45 minutes and was hardly sighted. At least he made it to a World Cup and started against the world’s number one ranked team. Will be much better for seeing how much further he has to go. Rating: 4.5

Substitutes:
Ben Halloran – Had a whole half to have a bigger impact than Taggart and was more involved but couldn’t generate any plum chances.
Mark Bresciano – Came off the bench to replace Bozanic but the Spanish rarely conceded the ball. Bamboozled Xabi Alonso superbly at one point.
James Troisi – Has a bag of tricks but didn’t get the time to dive in and show his wares.