Emilio Butragueno equaled a World Cup record with four goals Wednesday, leading Spain to a 5-1 victory over Denmark in the final second-round game.
It was the first four-goal performance in the soccer tournament since Portugal's Eusebio's performance against North Korea in 1966.
The Spanish, who beat Denmark on a penalty-kick shootout in the semifinals of the 1984 European championships, eliminated one of the glamour teams of the competition. The Danes, making their World Cup debut, had been impressive in the opening round with their imaginative attack and strong defense.
But after taking a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Jesper Olsen, the Danes fell apart. They could not cope with the swift Butragueno and they could not penetrate the strong Spanish defense, which will be tested next by Belgium on Sunday.
Denmark's Klaus Berggreen had broken into the Spanish penalty area when he was knocked down with a cross-body block by Ricardo Gallego at 32 minutes. Olsen, who had replaced suspended Frank Arnesen in midfield, put a soft penalty kick into the net as goalie Andoni Zubizarreta dived the wrong way.
It was the second such goal of the tournament for Olsen.
Spain evened the score less than two minutes from halftime, owing to a disastrous play by Olsen. Goalkeeper Lars Hogh dropped the ball to Olsen along the right side, and when he was trapped, Olsen tried to send the ball back to Hogh. But in swooped Butragueno to beat Hogh to the ball and shoot it under the diving goalie into the gaping net.
The decisive goal was a masterpiece of headwork. A corner kick by Victor Munoz was headed by Jose Camacho directly to Butragueno, who had cut in from the left wing. His header put Spain ahead, 2-1.
Andoni Goicoechea also scored for Spain, on a penalty kick at 68 minutes.