GOODBYE FROM GROUP B
It's all over for Group B at Brazil 2014, and it's been an incredibly dramatic set of games. Netherlands have seen off the challenge of surprise package Chile, after demolishing Spain in the hotly-anticipated opener. The 2010 champions head home after the group stage, making it three winners out of the last four (joining Italy in 2010 and France in 2002) in falling at the first hurdle in their title defence. Join us on our daily tournament blog as we get all the reaction from the final Group B games, as well as build-up to the Group A conclusion, which sees Brazil face Cameroon and Croatia take on Mexico.
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FULL TIME: The Spaniards sign off with an emphatic victory which sees them take third place in Group B behind group winners Netherlands and second-placed Chile. It was a reminder of the good old days for Vicente Del Bosque's side as David Villa scored a wonderful backheeled finish before Fernando Torres scored his first World Cup goal since 2006. A glimpse of the future saw Fabregas chip to Mata for the final goal, and the holders head home with points on the board. The Australians board their plane home without a point for the first time in their World Cup history, but their gutsy performances in each game will give the AFC Asian Cup hosts hope for the future.
GOAL: #NED 2-0 #CHI Memphis Depay finishes Arjen Robben's great run to double the Dutch lead #NEDCHI #WorldCup - http://t.co/417XDyVA6y— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 17:50
Wonderful play yet again by Iniesta sees him cut the ball back to the Manchester United midfielder. The No13 runs on to it and hits towards goal, but it's superbly blocked by the Socceroos defender.
A blocked ball bounces back to the Manchester City man who hits towards goal. He slightly scuffs it though and it goes just wide of the stretching Ryan's right-hand post.
GOAL! JUAN MATA! A chipped through ball from Fabregas on the Spanish left finds Mata deep inside the Australian penalty area, the Manchester United man brings the ball under control before calmly slotting the ball through Ryan's legs.
GOAL: #NED 1-0 #CHI Leroy Fer puts the Dutch in front with his 1st touch since coming on #NEDCHI #WorldCup #joinin - http://t.co/417XDyVA6y— FIFAWorldCup (@FIFAWorldCup) 23/06/2014 17:35
We're into the final 15 minutes of these teams' 2014 World Cup campaigns, and Spain break down the left hand side with Torres, who tries to loft the ball in the middle towards Fabregas. It's headed behind by the Socceroos defence and the corner is cleared.
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It's the end of an era for plenty of Spanish players today, but 34-year-old Bresciano replaces Bozanic to make what is likely to be his final World Cup appearance.
GOAL! FERNANDO TORRES! It's a beautiful through ball by Iniesta that sets it up. The No6 splits the Australian defence with an incisive pass, and the Chelsea forward has the simple task of sidefooting past Ryan. It's his first World Cup goal since Germany 2006.
The midfielder, who will start next season back in England at Chelsea, replaces the man from his former club Arsenal.
The No14, co-owned by Juventus and Atalanta in Italy, comes on to replace Oar who took a knock before he departed.
After Oar miscontrols in the Spanish box, Sergio Ramos clears behind. The corner is swung in and cleared, and the ball drops to McKay. His volley flies over Pepe Reina's crossbar.
Villa departs and there's a real sense of occasion here as the Spanish fans applaud their record goalscorer off the pitch. It's very likely this is the last time we'll see the 32-year-old in action at the global finals.
Quite unlike the terse opening to the match, the second half has seen both sides attack and counter-attack several times already. However, neither side has carved out a clearcut opportunity yet.
Last season's Australian A-League top scorer is withdrawn for the Aussie No10.
We're back underway in Curitiba as Spain kick off the second half.
The wonderful @2010MisterChip informs us that Villa is 1st player to score WC goal with his heel since Austria's Pezzey in 1982. #ESP— Infostrada Sports (@Infostrada Sports) 23/06/2014 17:47
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HALF TIME: It's 1-0 to the champions at the break thanks to David Villa's 59th goal for his country. The former Barça frontman finished with a fantastic flick to give Vicente Del Bosque's side the lead at the break in an otherwise quiet affair. In the other game in Group B, Netherlands and Chile are goalless which would see the Dutch through as the group winners.
Cazorla is found in behind the Australian defence, and chips in dangerously towards goal, but it's cleared by Wilkinson off the line.
Koke hits a shot from distance, which has Ryan scrambling, but it's just wide of the keeper's right-hand post.
GOAL! DAVID VILLA with a lovely finish! Iniesta plays a superb ball behind the Australian defence which sets Juanfran away, the Atleti fullback gets his head up and cuts back to Villa who, in acres of space, backheels the ball past Ryan.
Villa dances past Jedinak after being found in space on the Spanish left. He works the ball to the by-line after a couple of nice stepovers but his fizzed ball across the face of goal doesn't find a teammate.
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Torres gets the ball out of his feet to the right of the Australian box, but his snap shot is cut out by Australia's No6.
Jordi Alba is found on the left-hand side of the Aussie penalty area in acres of space. He has time to set himself, but fires straight at Ryan, who makes a good parry away from danger.
Iniesta works an opening on the right of the Australian box and chips it to the far post, where David Villa flashes a volley over the bar. It wouldn't have counted, as the former Barça forward is offside.
Iniesta spots up the free kick after McKay's foul, but the Barça man hits it too long and Sergio Ramos can't get on the end of it.
The first real chance of note comes Spain's way. Neat play between Villa and Cazorla sees the Arsenal man find half a yard of space on the turn in the Australian penalty area. His shot is blocked before it can trouble Ryan.
It's been a reasonably quiet opening period, with Australia making forays forward which haven't really tested the Spanish backline. Equally, Spain's attacks have yet to penetrate the Aussie defence.
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It's a speculative effort from distance by the Aussie No7, and it goes harmlessly wide of Reina's right-hand post.
Taggart, in the starting XI in place of the suspended Tim Cahill, darts behind the Spanish backline and tries to beat Pepe Reina to the ball, but he is adjudged offside.
Australia get us underway at the Arena da Baixada, in their traditional yellow shirts, green shorts and white socks. Spain are in all black.
There are a host of changes to the starting XIs of each team, with nothing but pride at stake in Curitiba.
1 RYAN, 3 DAVIDSON, 6 SPIRANOVIC, 7 LECKIE, 9 TAGGART, 11 OAR, 13 BOZANIC, 15 JEDINAK, 17 MCKAY, 19 MCGOWAN, 22 WILKINSON
23 REINA, 2 R. ALBIOL, 5 JUANFRAN, 6 A. INIESTA, 7 DAVID VILLA, 9 TORRES, 14 ALONSO, 15 RAMOS, 17 KOKE, 18 JORDI ALBA, 20 S. CAZORLA
Next up is the Marcha Real and the players stand resolutely, gripping each other as the anthem reverberates around the stadium.
The teams are out on the pitch for the pre-match national anthems, Australia are up first and the players grip each other around the shoulders and join their fans in song.
THE MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Today's referee in Curitiba is Bahrainian Nawaf Shukralla.
These are the most-popular line-ups chosen by FIFA.com users.
1 Maty RYAN, 2 Ivan FRANJIC, 3 Jason DAVIDSON, 5 Mark MILLIGAN, 6 Matthew SPIRANOVIC, 4 Tim CAHILL, 7 Mathew LECKIE, 9 Adam TAGGART, 15 Mile JEDINAK, 11 Tommy OAR, 14 James TROISI
1 Iker CASILLAS, 3 Gerard PIQUE, 15 Sergio RAMOS, 18 Jordi ALBA, 22 Cesar AZPILICUETA, 6 Andres INIESTA, 8 Xavi HERNANDEZ, 10 Cesc FABREGAS, 14 Xabi ALONSO, 9 Fernando TORRES, 19 Diego COSTA
XABI ALONSO ON INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT
"I'm still not at that moment, I want all this to end as soon as possible, go on holiday, disconnect a little and then decide things with time. Right now is not the time."
DISCOVER AUSTRALIA AND SPAIN
Learn a little bit more about the two countries competing for Group B's third place.
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INSIDE THE DRESSING ROOMS
If Spain were to lose, Australia would become the first Asian side to defeat Spain at the World Cup and La Roja would be the first World Cup holders to be defeated in all three of their group matches
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HALFWAY AROUND THE WORLD
These Australian fans are looking forward to the final Group B clash, even though their side are playing for pride.
This is the world stage and we have arrived #AUSESP #GoSocceroos #WorldCup http://t.co/vEVozCOgI4— #GoSocceroos (@#GoSocceroos) 23/06/2014 15:17
DID YOU KNOW?
Spain are unbeaten against opponents from Asia, while Australia have never lost a final group match in their three previous participations (0-0 v Chile in 1974, 2-2 v Croatia in 2006 & 2-1 v Serbia in 2010)
GOOD AFTERNOON / BUENAS TARDES:
Hello and welcome to the conclusion of Group B. Both Australia and Spain have already booked their tickets home after suffering defeats in their opening games. This is the first meeting between these sides and both will be looking to go out on a high. The holders play their final game at Brazil 2014 and it's the end of an era with several Spain players surely playing in their final World Cup match. We'll also have all the big updates from Group B's other match between the Netherlands and Chile, which kicks off at the same time, and you can #joinin with Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Arena da Baixada, Curitiba