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A goal and an assist as Chelsea's Spanish contingent helps smash Socceroos

Ian Walton

Spain's match against Australia was more about pride than anything else -- both teams had been knocked out of the World Cup after the second round of group stages matches and were competing for the right to finish fourth -- but there were still some Chelsea players involved, and we got a goal and an assist to celebrate. Let's see how our Spanish Blues did...

Fernando Torres

It wasn't a good first half for Torres -- his only notable contribution was getting partially naked on the sideline -- but he sprung into life in the second as Spain realised that they were Spain and that their opponents were a Tim Cahill-less Australia. Scorer of the second goal, a very neat finish after being found by an even neater Andres Iniesta through ball, Torres generally looked markedly more alive and dangerous towards the end of the match, although it must be pointed out that the Socceroos weren't really trying to do by anything by this point.

Cesc Fabregas

Fabregas did the same thing as Torres in skipping the first half, although Chelsea's newest signing had a better excuse seeing as he was on the bench until the 68th minute, when he came on for Santi Cazorla with the game still at 1-0. Within seconds, Spain had doubled their lead through Torres, and Fabregas grabbed an assist with a neat ball to our old friend Juan Mata shortly thereafter. Mostly played as a no. 10, Fabregas was good on the ball throughout, and although he didn't do much tracking back, he was obviously being played high up the pitch on purpose.

A pretty nice cameo, in other words.


Now come back to England for preseason, everyone.

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