Gillette Player of Steel: Group B

Spain's midfield maestro Iniesta was integral in Roja's win against Socceroos

Spain suffered the indignation of becoming only the 3rd reigning World Cup holder to crash out in the first round of the competition. Like France in 2002 and Italy in 2010, Spain failed to clear the first hurdle of the Brazil edition. Pundits from all over were quick to jump onto the bandwagon and tiki-taka football was duly proclaimed a thing in the past.

However, in the final albeit meaningless group match against Australia, Andreas Iniesta provided some form of counter-argument that the above notion may not be entirely correct. Two sumptuous pass, helped create the first two goals for Spain en-route to send Australia home with zero points.

The first was to Juanfran who subsequently had the easiest of task to pick out David Villa. The second was to put Fernando Torres through with a shooting chance. Even in the woeful form that he is, Torres wasn’t going to miss such a glorious through ball from the canny operator that is Iniesta.

Iniesta’s performance required plenty of determination after being part of the team that lost to Netherlands and Chile. The Barcelona man needed to invoke his Inner Steel to ensure that his team restore some pride and parity after the initial horror show. Iniesta was able to draw from his wealth of experience and thus producing the sort of quality that we’ve come to expect of him.

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