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Impressive Spain sink Russia

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David Villa struck a hat-trick as classy Spain got their Euro 2008 challenge off to a flying start with a 4-1 victory over Russia at a rain-swept Stadion Tivoli Neu in Innsbruck.

Villa scored twice in the first half before netting his third 15 minutes from time, earning himself the match ball, the man of the match award and making him an early front-runner for the tournament´s leading scorer.

Roman Pavluchenko pulled a late goal back for Russia, but there was still time for Spain to net a fourth through Cesc Fabregas to wrap up a deserved win that will add weight to the belief that this could well be the Iberian nation´s year.

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