Saturday, June 26, 2010

Spain beats Chile and moves on..

Group H, 18:30 GMT, June 25, 2010
Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa

1 - 2

European champions Spain set up a mouthwatering last-16 showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal after seeing off ten-man Chile in a hard-fought encounter in Pretoria.

Chile, who had started the day with a three-point lead in Group H, surrendered top spot to the Spanish but still qualified for the knockout stages, where they will now face Brazil.

Scoring Summary

Rodrigo Millar (47')David Villa (24')
 AndrĂ©s Iniesta (37')

Man of the Match: David Villa 


  • Man of the Match: David Villa - Another superb performance from the Barcelona-bound striker. He showed supreme calmness to sidefoot home the first goal following Claudio Bravo's gaffe in goal before setting up Andres Iniesta for the second. Without him they would look toothless up front.

  • Chile verdict: After starting the game so well, Chile's indiscipline came back to haunt them even if the second yellow card incident itself seemed a little harsh on Marco Estrada. They showed enough attacking flair and ability to trouble one of the tournament favourites, and they will have to do it all again against Brazil.

  • Spain verdict: Without doubt the least impressive of their three group games, yet that touch of quality in the attacking third proved to be the difference. Xabi Alonso picking up an ankle knock towards the end of the first half may be a worry, but they have strength in depth.

  • Could do better: Fernando Torres - For the second game running the Liverpool striker was lethargic, had a terrible first touch and couldn't even come close to hitting the target. He could well lose his place for the second round date with Iberian neighbours Portugal.

  • Stat attack: Spain qualified without a single booking, becoming the first team since Hungary in 1986 to not collect a card in the group stage.

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