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Two-Footed Tackle: Villa, Spain flying high

David Hirshey and Roger Bennett review Tuesday's games and eye Wednesday's matches. Diary

Updated: June 12, 2008, 8:23 AM ET
By David Hirshey and Roger Bennett | Special to Page 2

Forget the Euro for a moment. Let's talk euros. As in about 65 million of them. As in 100 million dollars. Because that's probably the starting price for David Villa's services next year after his stunning hat trick against a spirited but overmatched Russian team on Tuesday.

Before the tournament began, Villa was best known as the Spanish striker who wasn't Fernando Torres. He scored 18 goals for his club, Valencia, in an injury-ravaged season, causing the team to hang a $32 million ...

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