Spain 4-0 Algeria GROUP A (Match #1)

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Spain won the opening match of Brazil 2014 in their defence of the FIFA World Cup, brushing aside an Algerian team twenty-four places below them in the world rankings.

Jordi Alba scored a first-half brace, sandwiching a strike from Andrés Iniesta, that sent the holders in at the break with a three-nil lead. Moments after the restart, Santi Cazorla added a fourth goal to get the favourites off to dominant start.

The opening goal came in the twelfth minute when Algeria failed to deal with a long throw into the box, which they let bounce just outside the six-yard box, with Alba turning to poke home at the near post. A little over five minutes later and the Algerians came undone again, at their own throw-in.

Alba intercepted a poor delivery, heading through to Cazorla who laid off for an unmarked Iniesta to drill home from the edge of the box. Alba grabbed a third just before half-time with a driving run into the box, turning his marker then slotting low towards the far corner.

Just after the interval, Cazorla scored the fourth and final goal when Alba’s free-kick into the box wasn’t cleared and the Arsenal man drilled a shot home from 15 yards out. See the goals, line-ups, match stats and highlights video below.

                  FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014
                       MATCH 01: GROUP A 

                        SPAIN 4-0 ALGERIA
                  Alba 12, 43
                   Iniesta 18
                   Cazorla 48

                         Rio de Janeiro

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GROUP A      P  W  D  L  F  A  GD  Pts
1. Spain     1  1  0  0  4  0  +4   3
2. Colombia  0  0  0  0  0  0  +0   0
=. Japan     0  0  0  0  0  0  +0   0
4. Algeria   1  0  0  1  0  4  -4   0
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