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SPAIN KEEP WINNING STREAK

Spain secured their 27th consecutive home victory in the match against Venezuela recently.

Roberto Soldado played a major part in helping Spain secured this important victory.

Even though this was a friendly, Spain did not take their chances lightly and fielded a strong line-up that include the likes of Roberto Soldado and Andreas Iniesta. It was Iniesta who opened the scoring early in the match after calmly slotting past the Venezuela goalkeeper.

Cesc Fabregas was the architect of this goal, while the former Arsenal midfielder was once again at the heart of things to set up David Silva for the second goal just before half-time. Even after securing a two-goal advantage at home against Venezuela, Spain were not content with the performance.

Hence, Spain manager Vicente del Bosque brought on Roberto Soldado at the start of the second half in order to increase the tempo. Roberto Soldado was in place of former Liverpool striker Fernando Torres, who has been dropped due to poor form for Chelsea.

Fernando Torres has not scored a goal for Chelsea since October, and after repeated warnings, Vicente del Bosque has decided to drop the striker from the squad. Roberto Soldado proved his worth by scoring a hat-trick in the second half, thus making it even more difficult for Fernando Torres to come back into the squad.

In the end, Spain managed to win the match after scoring five goals. Roberto Soldado was making his return to international football after a huge five years, but he made no qualms about being left out of the squad for such a long period by scoring a hat-trick. Even though this hat-trick was against a poor Venezuela side, is now highly likely that Roberto Soldado will be part of the Euro 2012 squad instead of Fernando Torres.

VILLA INJURY MAY COST SPAIN

Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola has said that the injury to David Villa is extremely unfortunate to both Barcelona and the Spanish national team.

David Villa fractured his tibia in the match against Al Sadd in the semifinals of the Club World Cup. Even though Barcelona won the match quite comfortably, Pep Guardiola has said that the injury to David Villa will certainly weaken the team quite badly. Still, he refused to worry too much about the injury and wanted to focus on the final of the Club World Cup with Brazilian club Santos.

The future of David Villa has come under intense speculation of late. It has been reported that both manager Guardiola and striker David Villa have fallen out of each other. It seems to be the exact repeat of the situation with Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Swedish striker complained that Guardiola was putting too much impetus on Lionel Messi without concentrating on the other members of the squad. In the end, Barcelona took a major hit by selling Zlatan Ibrahimovic for just around £ 20 million after having signed him for a total of around £ 60 million only a season ago. David Villa came to the Camp Nou in a deal worth around £ 35 million.

It is highly unlikely that the Catalan club will be able to recoup the money from the striker, who has just turned 30 years of age and has injured his tibia. “Villa is going back for an operation. Don’t ask me about a replacement for that particular player, we will have to play without him to become champions of the world. We will try to our best in the circumstances we find ourselves, we would like to be world champions,” Guardiola told reporters after the match with Al Sadd.

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