|ESPNsoccernet: World Cup 2010|
Vicente Del Bosque saw plenty of room for improvement from his Spain side as they gained their first World Cup points with a 2-0 win over Honduras.
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David Villa scored a goal in each half and missed a penalty in the second period as the European champions recovered from a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in their opening Group H match. Del Bosque welcomed the points but did not believe his side were anywhere near their best.
"We certainly paved the way for the third group match against Chile, but this hasn't been a great match, we had glorious opportunities, many opportunities, we should have won the game by more goals so I'm not entirely satisfied,'' he said.
Villa struck the crossbar early on before putting Spain in front in the 17th minute as he cut in from the left, beating three men and firing an unstoppable shot past Honduras goalkeeper Noel Valladares.
His second owed much to good movement when he dropped to the edge of the area as Jesus Navas raced down the right, and when the cutback came he was well placed to drill in a second with the aid of a deflection off Osman Chavez.
Del Bosque was impressed with how Honduras had approached the match and said: "They were daring, not terribly defensive, although we did expect that after the match against Chile. They have come right up to our goal. I know this team very well, they have great players like Wilson Palacios, Amado Guevara, Valladares - the spine of this team is very good.
Fernando Torres, who started for the first time in the finals, also drew words of praise from his coach.
"Fernando is a great player, he really knows how to play on the limits of offside. He has just recovered from an injury but he looks on top form physically. Let's hope in the next match he can do some more sterling work for our side.''
Honduras coach Reinaldo Rueda felt his side had simply lost to a better team, but also criticised their failure to take the pressure off themselves by not retaining possession.
"Spain surprised us with that early individual goal, but we lacked conviction in our play. Spain are masters on the pitch, they have matured very well as a collective and have good individual players. There is nothing special to explain this, only that we played a side far superior to ours,'' the Colombian said.
"We were not well positioned for their second goal and we paid dearly for that. We tried to play more openly and we then failed to have possession of the ball. Spain never make mistakes, they're perfect in their passing and technique and in one simple move they can eliminate four or five players.''
Spain will aim to join Chile on six points by beating Marcelo Bielsa's side in their final group game, while Honduras' only hope is to beat Switzerland and hope for a heavy Spain defeat.