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
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