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Spain is back on track

June 21, 2010
Schaerlaeckens By Leander Schaerlaeckens

Spain showed that its mojo was merely temporarily misplaced against Switzerland after a 2-0 win over Honduras. With the team's trademark sharp passing and clever positioning, Spain dominated the game. So if you think the below report card seems one-sided, that's only because it's a reflection of a one-sided contest.

Fernando Torres, Spain: C+

Torres received and created a bundle of chances, but bungled all of them. It was evident from this game that Torres has yet to regain his form since returning from his injury, which is a very troubling prospect for Spain. He'll have to regain his touch for Spain to perform on this platform.

Xavi, Spain: A-

The dynamic midfielder did what he does best today, and what he hadn't been able to do in Spain's shocking 1-0 loss to Switzerland. Xavi controlled play. In 65 minutes of work, he was the engine room once again, connecting the dots magnificently.

David Villa, Spain: A

Villa showed an unbelievable amount of class on his first goal, cutting through two men, dicing past a third and finding the back of the net. His second goal was equally impressive, liberating himself by running into one of the many gaps Honduras had left for him and hammering a deflected shot home. But he tried to be too clever on the penalty kick and hit it just wide, which robbed him of a hat trick.

Xabi Alonso, Spain: B+

The classy midfielder had a solid game, keeping things tight in transition and covering a lot of space when necessary. Unheralded as usual, he did much of the behind-the-scenes work that kept Honduras off the ball.

Sergio Ramos, Spain: A-

The opportunistic right back surged up the right all night and frequently managed to get himself in front of goal for scoring opportunities, somehow doing it without shirking his defensive duties.

David Suazo, Honduras: D

Honduras' star striker was nowhere to be seen during this game. Certainly, his team hardly had the ball, robbing him of service, but his ability to free himself when balls did come was subpar.

Leander Schaerlaeckens is a soccer writer for He can be reached at