CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Villa refused to take pressure as excuse for penalty miss

06-22-2010 15:59 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

JOHANNESBURG, June 21 (Xinhua) -- Spain's striker David Villa didn't take pressure as an excuse for his second-half penalty miss which denied him a hat-trick in Spain's 2-0 win over Honduras on Monday.

Spain's David Villa (R) misses a penalty kick during the 2010 World Cup group H soccer match against Honduras at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)
Spain's David Villa (R) misses a penalty kick during the 2010 World Cup group H 
soccer match against Honduras at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa, 
June 21, 2010. (Xinhua/Guo Yong)

After the shock 1-0 defeat by Switzerland in their opening match, Villa inspired his side by scoring two goals on 17 and 51 minutes on Monday at Ellis Park to give them three points in Group H.

The striker failed in his hat-trick bid when hit his 62nd minute penalty attempt wide of the right post.

"I just missed the shot, I have been practising these kicks all my life, but I missed that one," said the 28-year-old, who signed for Barcelona last month.

"We were 2-0 up at that point so there was no real pressure," He said.

The 2008 Europe champion still need to beat Chile on Friday to be sure of reaching the last 16.

"We still need to beat Chile, but there is a long way to go before we can even think about being world champions, both in terms of time and matches," he said.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program