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Tuesday, 29th June 2010
The Pain in Spain

Second Round Match

Spain vs Portugal
in Cape Town

There's nothing like a neighbourly challenge. Let's hope that it lives up to expectations.

David Villa tested his shooting boots in the third minute. A couple of minutes later, he stretched his running legs.

Then we were treated to the usual hands on hips from Cristiano Ronaldo, when a free-kick wasn't given to him.

Iker Casillas flapped at a Tiago shot in the 20th minute but instantly redeemed himself by palming the ball away from Hugo Almeida's head.

Casillas looked suspect again, eight minutes later, when he shovelled at a Ronaldo free-kick.

Argentina's Hector Baldassi just shook his head and left Ronaldo sitting on the floor again in the 35th minute. Ronaldo stayed on his feet four minutes later, by not running into players on purpose. Instead, when the run came to a dead-end, he just laid the ball back.

Casillas raced off his line shortly before the break, to make sure the deadlock wasn't broken. If it keeps on like this, we could be in for a long evening.

Half-time: 0:0

Nothing too inspiring at the start of the second-half.

Third-time lucky for Casillas, as he watched a potential Spain own-goal just bobble past his post; Almeida's low cross taking something of a looping deflection off a defender.

Just a minute after coming on for Fernando Torres, Fernando Llorente should have scored with a free header.

Spain looked more lively and after a series of combination passes around the Portugal area, David Villa scored at the second attempt. The arrival of Llorente has added the much-needed strength to the Spanish front line.

After a run down the right, Sergio Ramos came close to adding a second for Spain seven minutes later. Then it was Villa's turn to try a long shot on the left.

With four minutes to go, Llorente glanced a header wide and then a couple of minutes later his over-acting earned Ricardo Costa a red card. The man who came on and started putting it about amongst the Portuguese defenders was seen rolling around like a baby.

Final Score:
Spain 1 Portugal 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 David Villa (63 mins)

Man of The Match:
David Villa - Keep on like this and he could be man of the tournament.

Teams

Travel to Spain Spain:
1 Iker Casillas; 11 Joan Capdevila, 5 Carles Puyol, 3 Gerard Piqué, 15 Sergio Ramos; 14 Xabi Alonso, 16 Sergio Busquets, 8 Xavi; 9 Fernando Torres, 7 David Villa, 6 Andrés Iniesta.

Travel to Portugal Portugal:
1 Eduardo; 23 Fabio Coentrão, 2 Bruno Alves, 6 Ricardo Carvalho, 21 Ricardo Costa; 16 Raul Meireles, 15 Pepe, 19 Tiago; 18 Hugo Almeida, 11 Simão, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo.

Referee:
Hector Baldassi (Argentina)

Substitutions Substitutions:
58 Mins (Portugal) - 10 Danny on for 18 Hugo Almeida
59 Mins (Spain) - 19 Fernando Llorente on for 9 Fernando Torres
72 Mins (Portugal) - 8 Pedro Mendes on for 15 Pepe
72 Mins (Portugal) - 9 Liedson on for 11 Simão
88 Mins (Spain) - 18 Pedro Rodriguez on for 7 David Villa
94 Mins (Spain) - 4 Carlos Marchena on for 14 Xabi Alonso

Yellow Cards 2 Yellow Cards:
74 Mins - Xabi Alonso (Spain)
80 Mins - Tiago (Portugal)

Red Cards 1 Red Card:
89 Mins - Ricardo Costa (Portugal)

Previous Encounters:
Spain have the edge against Portugal; winning 15 and drawing 12 of their 32 games but this is their first meeting at a World Cup Finals.

In European Championship Finals, Portugal beat Spain (1:0) in Lisbon at Euro 2004 and drew (1:1) in Marseille at France 1984.

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