Uploaded on Jun 29, 2010
Highlights from the 1/8 final Spain vs. Portugal
Spain have earned a quarterfinal berth with a 1-0 victory over their Iberian peninsula neighbours Portugal in Pretoria.
David Villa had the lone goal for the Spaniards who have booked a date with Paraguay in the final eight.
The defending European Champions came out of the gate flying in this one as Liverpool's Fernando Torres drove towards the Portuguese net and unleashed a rocket that keeper Eduardo punched away in the game's opening minute.
The Spaniards pressed on as Villa forced Eduardo into action yet again with a low blast after evading a pair of defenders.
The tough tackling started early as Carlos Puyol dumped Cristiano Ronaldo with a late tackle, then Sergio Ramos sent Fabio Coentrao sprawling with another.
Spanish 'keeper Iker Casillas was called into action in the 20th minute as he punched away a dangerous drive by Tiago straight up in the air. He did well to recover and clear the ball before Hugo Almeida could head home the rebound.
With the momentum on their side, Portugal continued to attack. Ronaldo unleashed a blazing free kick from nearly 45 yards away that Casillas had a great deal of difficulty dealing with. Once again he was able to clear before a Portuguese striker made him pay for his mistake.
Portugal continued the siege on Casillas' net with Raul Meireles swinging a dangerous cross into the box that Almeida got a head on. Unfortunately for the Portuguese it floated wide without testing the goaltender.
Both teams continued to press on in the second 45 minutes with Portugal nearly opening the scoring as Almeida's centering attempt deflected off the leg of Carlos Puyol and narrowly floated over the top of the net as Casillas breathed a sigh of relief.
Looking for an offensive spark, both teams made changes in the 57th minute as Danny came in for Almeida and Fernando Llorente replaced the ineffective Torres.
Llorente made an immediate impression as he forced Eduardo into his biggest save of the game on a diving header. With a head of steam, the Spanish pressed forward as Villa came close to opening the score on a drive that trickled just wide of the Portuguese net.
Villa would be rewarded for his industry moments later on a great passing play by Spain. Villa ran on to a tricky back-heel pass by Andres Iniesta. His initial shot was stopped but he coolly slammed home the rebound to open the scoring in this one.
The goal marked the first time that Portugal had been scored against in the tournament.
Full of confidence, Spain continued to throw everything they had at the Portuguese net. Sergio Ramos' low drive was parried away by Eduardo who should sue his defenders for lack of support after this one.
In desperate need of a goal, Portuguese manager Carlos Quieroz pulled out all the stops, bringing in strikers Liedson and Pedro Mendes in favour of Simao and Pepe.
Villa continued to show why he is one of the most feared strikers in the game as he screamed a shot from outside the box aimed at the top corner of the net. Eduardo continued to earn his keep by punching it away for another enormous save.
The frustrations on the Portuguese side began to shine through as Tiago found the only way to stop Villa was to hack him down. He was booked for his troubles.
Largely invisible in the second half, Ronaldo looked to draw a free kick as he flopped just outside the box after a minor collision with Joan Capdevilla. The referee would have none of it as the former World Player of the year threw up his arms in frustration.
Things went from bad to worse for Portugal in the 88th minute as defender Ricardo Costa was shown a straight red by the referee for an elbow to the side of the head of Capdevilla. The card seemed a little harsh as replays showed Capdevilla played up the contact considerably.
That would be the end of Portugal's chances as the Spaniards managed to hold on to secure all three points and celebrate their spot among the last eight teams standing.
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