David Villa may have grabbed the headlines in Spain's 4-1 win over Russia in their UEFA EURO 2008 curtain-raiser, but the hat-trick hero today insisted his strike partner Fernando Torres should receive an equal amount of praise. The Liverpool forward was substituted ten minutes into the second half yesterday, yet not before helping Villa score two of his goals.

"People don't really notice the work he does in terms of creating chances," said Villa, who became the first treble scorer at the European finals since Dutch forward Patrick Kluivert managed the feat against Yugoslavia at EURO 2000. "Two of my goals were due entirely to his huge amount of work in the lead-up to them."

Villa, however, did not support his father's claim that it was not his best-ever performance. "I don't know whether it is my best-ever all-round performance," he commented. "But the circumstances are certainly the best, because it was the opening match of a major tournament."

Spain next take on Sweden, who beat Greece 2-0 in their first outing, in Innsbruck on Saturday.