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2010 FIFA World Cup: Spain v Portugal 1-0 In fifty-sixth match video, we relive the game played between Spain & Portugal. European champions Spain survived a stern test from Portugal to book their place in the quarter-finals of the World Cup through David Villa’s goal. Two years to the day since they beat Germany to triumph at Euro 2008, Vicente del Bosque’s side showed their slick brand of passing football is still just as effective by edging out their well-drilled Iberian rivals. Spain had to survive a succession of missed chances by the Portuguese in the first half but, once Villa broke the deadlock in the 63rd minute with his fourth goal of the tournament, they rarely looked threatened. Portugal, semi-finalists in Germany four years ago, had Ricardo Costa sent off for an off-the-ball clash with Joan Capdevila before the end but by then their fate already looked sealed. The only concern for Spain, who play Paraguay in the last eight, is the continuing lack of form shown by striker Fernando Torres, who seems to still be feeling the after-effects of the knee operation he had in April. Torres did play his part in a bright start by Spain, cutting into the area and testing Eduardo with a curling shot, but he quickly faded and it was actually Portugal who had the best openings before half-time. Villa had also brought a fine save out of Eduardo early on, while Xavi fired a first-time shot over from a corner but, after surviving those scares, Carlos Queiroz’s side not only found a way of keeping Spain at arms length … From: comfortablynumb1975x Views: 170 0 ratings Time: 08:46 More in Sports
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