JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 21: David Villa of Spain runs through Amado Guevara and Sergio Mendoza of Honduras to score the opening goal during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group H match between Spain and Honduras at Ellis Park Stadium on June 21, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

David Villa, Hero Vs. Honduras, Could Miss Spain's Next Game With Suspension

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David Villa Faces Possible Suspension After Striking Honduras Player

David Villa righted Spain's ship in South Africa on Monday, scoring both goals in Spain's 2-0 win over Honduras. So that was good. What was bad, however, was when Villa struck Honduras defender Emilio Izaguirre in the face at the end of the first half.

Villa said afterward that he was simply reacting to Izaguirre stepping on his foot, and that he "wasn't proud" of his action. Regardless, that kind of thing is not legal in soccer, as you probably guessed. As such, FIFA has not ruled out suspending Villa after they read Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura's post-match report (even though he never saw it happen). 

"At the moment we have no information on David Villa. We will wait for the referee's report before making any decisions," said a Fifa spokesman.

Villa told Spanish broadcaster Canal Plus: "It's not something that I am proud of. They're just instincts, in this case I wasn't expecting [Izaguirre] to tread on me. I was merely standing there and the reaction was to stick my arm out. I'll try in future to keep my cool."

Exactly. Chill out, David Villa.


World Cup 2010, Spain Vs. Honduras: Spain Back On Track With 2-0 Win

David Villa had two goals and could have had two more as Spain cruised to a 2-0 victory Monday over Honduras. The win pulled Spain even with Switzerland for second in Group H while Honduras is at the bottom of the group, having yet to earn a point.

Villa created an astounding goal in the 19th minute when he took the fall on the left flank, ran at Sergio Mendoza and Amado Guevara, split them at the edge of the box and cut-back against Osman Chavez to put a right footed shot into the upper-right-hand corner of goal as he was falling to the pitch.

Spain would take the 1-0 lead into half time, shortly there after Villa recorded his second goal when a deflected shot from 20 yards out looped past Noel Valladares for Villa’s 40th career international goal.

Villa’s best chance for a hat-trick eluded him in the 62nd minute when the Barcelona attacker pushed a penalty kick wide of goal. Villa would have another chance let in the match, while Sergio Ramos and Cesc Fabregas also came close to adding goals.

Honduras went the whole match without a shot on goal, holding only 35 percent of the game’s possession.

Honduras remains at the bottom of Group H with no points, holding a -3 goal difference ahead of their Friday match with Switzerland, who they must beat to have a chance to advance.

Honduras would also need Spain to lose to Chile, also being played Friday, to have a chance to advance on goal difference.

If Spain wins their match on Friday, they are into the second round provided Switzerland does not win and finish with a better goal difference.


World Cup 2010, Spain Vs. Honduras: David Villa's 40th International Goal Puts Spain Up 2-0

The David Villa show just finished its second act in Johannesburg, the Spanish striker beating Noel Valladares from inside the arc to make it 2-0 Spain in the 51st minute.

Villa received a pass from Jeses Navas on the right flank, took one touch, and let a shot go from 19 yards out.  The ball deflected off a defender an looped past Valladares for Villa's second goal of the match.

The goal was the 40th of Villa's international career.


2010 World Cup, Spain Vs. Honduras: David Villa Goal-Of-The-Tournament Candidate Puts Spain Up 1-0

David Villa has put Spain up 1-0 in the 18th over Honduras and taken an early lead for Goal of the Tournament.

The Spain attacker took a ball on the left flank about 35 yards from goal.  He charged at and went around right back Sergio Mendoza, just inside the penalty area.  When Osman Chávez came to support his fullback, Villa cut back onto his right foot and, while falling to the ground, let a shot go from 14 yards out, beating goalkeeper Noel Valladares to the far post, making it 1-0.

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