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from Reuters Soccer Blog:
Itβs hard to believe Spain striker David Villa will not be playing in the Champions League again this season.
The Valencia frontman was in irresistible form against Belgium in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday when the European champions romped to a 5-0 victory in La Coruna.
Villa won and then missed a first-half penalty, before making amends by scoring two and setting up another two as Spain maintained their 100 percent record in qualifying to all but assure themselves of a place in South Africa next year.
Villa was already Spainβs second highest scorer of all time and now has 33 goals from 51 appearances β- just 11 short of Raulβs national record of 44.