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Villa adds to record tally on last appearance as Spain leads Australia 1-0 at halftime

  • Spain's David Villa fires wide with a shot during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Spain's David Villa fires wide with a shot during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Spain's Sergio Ramos, left, goes for a header ad Australia's Adam Taggart, right, and Spain's Raul Albiol watch him, during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Spain's Sergio Ramos, left, goes for a header ad Australia's Adam Taggart, right, and Spain's Raul Albiol watch him, during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Australia's Alex Wilkinson, left, and Spain's Fernando Torres vie for the ball during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Australia's Alex Wilkinson, left, and Spain's Fernando Torres vie for the ball during the group B World Cup soccer match between Australia and Spain at the Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, Monday, June 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

David Villa scored his record 59th goal in his final match for Spain as the defending champion led Australia 1-0 at halftime at the World Cup on Monday.

Villa, making his 97th appearance, intelligently guided Juanfran Torres' cross from the goal line into the net with the inside of his right foot in the 36th minute.

Neither team can advance to the second round after losing both their previous matches in Group B.

Spain dominated the match after Australia's better start, with Andres Iniesta crossing for Villa to volley wide of the left post after 21 minutes.

Fernando Torres then failed to convert Villa's cross from inside the box in the 34th.