Spain advance to Quarter Finals with 1-0 win over Portugal

Spain have defeated Portugal 2-1 in their Round of 16 knockout match of the 2010 World Cup at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday and now face a Quarter Final clash with Paraguay.

A David Villa goal for Spain at the 63rd minute mark in the second-half was enough to give the Spanish side the nod over their Iberian neighbour and end Portugal’s World Cup campaign.

The first-half started brightly with Spain having the early ascendancy although it produced no goals after both sides had their opportunities to score.

Spain took control in the second-half and Villa’s goal quelled the Portugal challenge and allowed Spain to pass the ball around at will.

Cristiano Ronaldo was barely seen and he continually appealed for cheap free kicks and was nowhere to be found when the ball had to be won in a contest.

Spain were too good for Portugal and once again it was David Villa who got on the scoresheet.

Spain vs Portugal

Spain 1
Portugal 0

63m David Villa

74m X. Alonso (Spa)
80m Tiago (Por)
90m R. Costa (Por)

Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Carles Puyol, Joan Capdevila, Xavi Hernandezv, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Andrés Iniesta, David Villa, Fernando Torres

58m Fernando Llorente/Fernando Torres
88m Pedro Rodriguez/David Villa
90m Carlos Marchena/Xabi Alonso

Eduardo, Ricardo Costa, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Tiago, Pepe, Raul Meireles, Simao, Hugo Almeida, Cristiano Ronaldo

58m Danny/Hugo Almeida
72m Pedro Mendes/Pepe
72m Liedson/Simao

Spain will now play Paraguay in the quarter finals.

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