VILLA: 2006 FIFA WORLD CUP REVIEWED
David Villa was one of the twomain players in the Spain attack at the Germany 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament alongside Fernando Torres. Both David Villa and Fernando Torres finished the tournament with three goals each as Spain crashed out at the round of 16 stage. Both Villa and Torres finished just two goals behind Golden Boot winner Miroslav Klose of Germany despite playing just four games. It must be pointed out that only Klose scored more than the Spanish duo of Fernando Torres and David Villa.
For their second group game, Torres scored twice as Spain came from a goal down to beat Tunisia 3-1 with three goals in the final nineteen (19) minutes. JawharMnari gave the Tunisians an eighth minute lead and they held on to the advantage until half-time substitute Raul Gonzalez equalised on 71 minutes thus paving the way for Torres to add his brace and lead Spain to victory. In their final group game,centre backJuanito scored in the 36th minute to give Spain a 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia as they finished their group campaign with the maximum nine points from three games.
Spain then faced France in the first knockout stage for a place in the quarterfinals after the French team could only finish second in Group H. The Spanish team started well with the penalty from David Villa for a foul committed by Lilian Thuram in the French box, but they could not preserve the advantage after France scored three times to seal a last eight place via a 3-1 win.