Slick Spain stay perfect
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Spain secured top spot in Group B and maintained their unblemished record at Egypt 2009 with a stylish and thoroughly convincing 3-0 win over Venezuela. La Roja have been hugely impressive thus far and this was another commanding performance, with the South Americans - who, like their opponents, kicked off with qualification assured - fortunate not to lose by a greater margin.

The tone was set as early as the 11th minute, when Venezuela keeper Rafael Romo was forced into a fine save to tip Aaron Niguez's 20-yard drive on to the crossbar. Within 60 seconds, however, Spain were in front. Daniel Perejo was the man to break the deadlock, curling a superb free-kick over the wall and beyond the statuesque Romo from just outside the box.

Pejero went close to doubling his tally from a near-identical position a couple of minutes later, and with Venezuela offering next to nothing at the other end, it was no surprise when Spain extended their advantage from the penalty spot on 26 minutes. Kike earned the award and argued with Niguez over the right to take it before finally conceding defeat. Niguez, to his credit, justified his insistence on keeping hold of the ball by sending Romo the wrong way with a coolly-dispatched spot kick.

We had yet to see La Vinotinto as an attacking force at this stage but they finally registered an effort of note in 28 minutes, when Yonathan Del Valle's long-range shot forced Sergio Asenjo into a solid save. However, Spain's stranglehold was maintained in the second half and Kike went close shortly after the restart with cross-cum-shot that slipped just past the far post.

Ultimately, a resounding victory for La Roja was rounded off 13 minutes from time when Ander Herrera scored a superb third, working a neat one-two with Andreu Fontas before rattling an unstoppable shot into the net off the underside of the crossbar.