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Villa scores hat trick, Spain thumps Russia 4-1 to open Group D play at Euro 2008

Villa scores hat trick, Spain thumps Russia 4-1 to open Group D play at Euro 2008

David Villa scored a hat trick Tuesday to give Spain a 4-1 win over Russia and confirm it as one of the favorites at the European Championship.
Fernando Torres fed the streaking Villa for a right-footed goal in the 20th minute. The Valencia striker later slid Andres Iniesta's slick pass under goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for his second in the 44th.
Villa completed his memorable Group D game after dribbling around Roman Shirokov in the 74th to slot past Akinfeev with his right foot.
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored one for Russia with a header in the 86th, and Cesc Fabregas added a fourth for the Spanish in injury time.


Updated : 2021-01-18 04:12 GMT+08:00