Both these teams knew that only pride was at stake here, more so for Spain than Australia. Australia were always expected to lose out in such a tough group, but gave admirable displays along the way. Spain however were expected to actually be one of the teams in contention of winning the World Cup.
This meant Spain needed to play for pride, as much as possible, and that they did. From early on they dominated the passing and were on the Australian defenders heels. A cleverly disguised back pass from David Villa allowed in Jordi Alba who drilled the ball straight at Mathew Ryan was just the start of Spain's better play.
Spain didn’t have to wait much longer when Juanfran cut the ball back across the 6-yard-box for Villa to deftly finish with his right foot behind his left leg. It was the perfect way for Villa to end his international career with 58 games in 98 caps.
Australia to their credit nearly replied instantly but Pepe Reina managed to boot the ball clear. At half-time as much as Spain were winning they were still a morally beaten side and Australia still looked dangerous at times.
The game was put out of doubt mid-way through the second half when Fernando Torres latched onto an Andres Iniesta through ball to slide the ball past Ryan. He played out the rest of the game brilliantly.
A little over ten minutes later Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata sealed the win by nutmegging Ryan with a smart finish just outside the right of the six-yard-box.
Spain will know this will come as little comfort, but it may just ease the pain. Whilst Australia will look back on a fun filled campaign, sorely missing Tim Cahill in that last match.