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Green Point Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa

Referee: Héctor Baldassi | Attendance: 62955

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  • David Villa 63'

1 - 0


Spain 1-0 Portugal: Villa nets winner

Spain's crusade to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 title continued with a closely-fought second round win over Iberian neighbours Portugal.

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Vicente Del Bosque's side dominated on the ball as usual but were frustrated

for long periods by Portugal, who had decent chances of their own at Cape Town's

Green Point Stadium.

Ultimately Spain's patience paid off, however, as David Villa's 63rd-minute

goal secured victory exactly two years to the day since their European triumph

in Austria.

They will now fancy themselves in a quarter-final clash with modest South

Americans Paraguay while Portugal - who had Ricardo Costa dismissed in the final

minute - face a disappointing trip home.

Fernando Torres, without a goal in South Africa, tested Portugal goalkeeper

Eduardo after just a minute and strike partner Villa also forced an early save. The lively start continued when Villa, coming in from the left again, fired in

a low effort which Eduardo stopped smartly.

Another Torres shot from a short corner was not too far over the bar but for

all Spain's dominance, he and Villa were largely restricted to playing out


Portugal had perhaps the best chance so far in the 20th minute. Midfielder

Tiago tried his luck from the edge of the box and after Iker Casillas could only

push it high into the air, he had to scramble it away near his own goal-line.

Xavi and Villa tried their luck at the other end before Spain team-mate Xabi

Alonso saw a couple of long-range attempts stifled.

Portugal had a clear chance in the 39th minute when Almeida was unable to

properly connect with Raul Meireles' cross, to the disappointment of a

better-placed Cristiano Ronaldo behind him.

Casillas raced out to halt Simao's run at goal before Tiago headed over a good


Seven minutes into the second half Spain defender Gerard Pique was outpaced by

Almeida down the left and when the Werder Bremen striker's attempted centre

deflected off Carles Puyol's thigh, the defender was relieved to see the ball go

narrowly wide.

Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz sent Danny on for Almeida while Vicente Del Bosque

sacrificed Torres for target man Fernando Llorente just before the hour mark.

In the 60th minute there was nearly an immediate impact as Llorente's diving

header from Sergio Ramos' cross was somehow saved by Eduardo at point-blank

range, before Villa curled one just wide.

The breakthrough came seconds later. Typically intricate build-up play saw

Andres Iniesta feed Xavi who backheeled beautifully to the on-rushing Villa. The

striker saw his first shot saved well by Eduardo but hammered the rebound high

into the net.

Eduardo then got down brilliantly to turn away Ramos' drive from the right

before Queiroz sent on striker Liedson and midfielder Pedro Mendes.

Again Eduardo was called upon to parry a shot, this time from Villa, while at

the other end Portugal talisman Ronaldo was dreadfully quiet.

Villa's cross enabled Llorente to head just wide before the goalscorer was

taken off for a rest, replaced by Pedro.

Danny had a dangerous-looking shot blocked well by Pique but moments later

Portugal were down to 10 men when referee Hector Baldassi suddenly produced a

red card, for defender Costa, for apparently lashing out at Joan Capdevila.

Scoring Summary

  • Spain
  • Portugal
David Villa (63')

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Portugal
19(10) Shots (on goal) 9(3)
13 Fouls 18
6 Corner kicks 3
0 Offsides 3
61% Time of Possession 39%
1 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 1
3 Saves 9


  • Spain
  • Portugal
Danny for Hugo Almeida (59')
Pedro Mendes for Pepe (72')
Liédson for Simão (72')
Yellow Cards
Xabi Alonso (74')
Tiago (80')
Red Cards