La Roja win Iberian clash

2010-06-29 21:13

Spain continued their dominance over Portugal with yet another

significant victory – this time La Roja earned a priceless place in the

quarter-finals of Africa’s maiden World Cup.

Just like their penultimate clash in the group stages at Euro 2004

– which Portugal clinched 1-0 – the battle at Cape Town Stadium tonight yielded

a narrow scoreline, with David Villa’s 63rd minute goal

deciding the tense tie.

Carlos Queiroz’s men finished a man down after Ricardo Costa was

sent off for landing his elbow on Spanish second-half substitute Fernando

Llorente, who replaced his namesake Torres.

As if this was not a sad ending, Portugal had not conceded in four

matches but only a single strike ended it all for Cristiano Ronaldo and


The match, played in freezing and wet conditions, saw Portugal

goalkeeper Eduardo starring in goal only to be let down by his defence.

He warmed the audience of 62 955 with some stupendous saves that

even drew applause from the opposition fans.

In fact, the Braga goalkeeper had stopped Villa’s initial shot but

could do nothing to prevent the new Barcelona striker from guiding the rebound


Villa not only netted his 43rd international goal but extended his

tally at 2010 to four in as many matches as La Roja booked a date with Paraguay

in the last eight.

Coach Vicente del Bosque’s charges have joined Germany and the

Netherlands as Europe’s sole representatives in the competition.


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