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Villa sends Spain through

Posted Friday, June 25, 2010 by PA48 hits

European champions Spain set up a mouthwatering last-16 showdown with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal after seeing off 10-man Chile 2-1 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. David Villa put Spain ahead with a long-ra...Full Story »

Chile 1-2 Spain: David Villa & Andres Iniesta Send La Furia Roja To The Top Of Group H

Posted Saturday, June 26, 2010 by Goal.com131 hits

Spain netted twice in the first half through David Villa and Andres Iniesta against ten men Chile to secure passage to the last-16. Vicente del Bosque’s side needed a victory to guarantee passage to the last-16 while Chile only needed a draw to go through as group winners. But both sides started with a typically attacking formation and it was the Europeans who had the first look at goal a...Full Story »

Switzerland v Honduras - Hitzfeld to keep eye on Chile-Spain score

Posted Friday, June 25, 2010 by PA280 hits

Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is leaving nothing to chance in an attempt to secure his team's place in the second round of the World Cup. The German will be focusing not only on the vital Group F match against Honduras at Bloemfontein's Free State Stadium, but also intends to monitor the clash between leaders Chile and European champions Spain. Hitzfeld said: "I will be well informed about...Full Story »

Chile v Spain - Bielsa: Chile must go for victory

Posted Friday, June 25, 2010 by PA320 hits

Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa insists a three-point haul is the only thing his players should be considering from their clash with Spain, even though a draw would be enough to ensure that the South American side finish top of Group H. Chile arrived in South Africa in fine form, winning eight of 10 matches since losing to Brazil in a World Cup qualifier last September, and they have continued along...Full Story »

Iniesta to return for Spain

Posted Friday, June 25, 2010 by PA61 hits

Spain will hope to include midfielder Andres Iniesta for the crunch Group H clash against Chile on Friday. The midfielder has recovered from a leg injury that forced him out of the 2-0 win against Honduras, while David Villa has escaped retrospective action for slapping Honduran Emilio Izaguirre. Meanwhile, Chile's influential midfielders Carlos Carmona and Matias Fernandez will both mis...Full Story »

Gonzalez: Spain are the danger team

Posted Wednesday, June 23, 2010 by PA81 hits

Chile winger Mark Gonzalez believes his side will be facing the most dangerous team in the World Cup when they take on Spain with both countries attempting to seal their place in the last 16. Chile currently lead Group H, three points ahead of Spain and Switzerland and well clear of Honduras. The Chileans look to be in a strong position but as they face Spain, the South Americans cannot be over...Full Story »

Del Bosque wants more from Spain

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA76 hits

Vicente Del Bosque saw plenty of room for improvement from his Spain side as they gained their first World Cup points with a 2-0 win over Honduras. David Villa scored a goal in each half and missed a penalty in the second period as the European champions recovered from a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in their opening Group H match. Del Bosque said: "We certainly paved the way for the third g...Full Story »

Villa puts Spain back on track

Posted Tuesday, June 22, 2010 by PA63 hits

David Villa almost had a perfect night as a goal in each half from the new Barcelona recruit helped Spain beat Honduras 2-0 to get their World Cup campaign back on track. A wonderful individual effort in the first half was followed by a goal forged by brilliant movement off the ball in the second. The only thing missing was the hat-trick to crown the performance as he sidefooted wide a s...Full Story »

Villa at the double for Spain

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA48 hits

David Villa almost had a perfect night as a goal in each half from the new Barcelona recruit helped Spain get their World Cup campaign back on track with a 2-0 win over Honduras. A wonderful individual effort in the first half was followed by a goal forged by brilliant movement off the ball in the second. The only thing missing was the hat-trick to crown the performance as he sidefooted wide a...Full Story »

World Cup Preview: Spain - Honduras

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by Goal.com307 hits

The European champions will be expecting to bounce back..... Kick-Off: Monday, June 21, 20:30 CET.Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg. Overcoming The Shock At the start of the World Cup, most observers backed Spain to win the competition. However, things got a bit rough for the Spain fans as the European champions suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Switzerland in their opening game of Group H. La...Full Story »

Spain v Honduras - Puyol: Honduras match akin to a final

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010 by PA166 hits

Carles Puyol accepts Monday's World Cup group match with Honduras is like a "final" for the European champions after their shock defeat to Switzerland in their opening game. Puyol and co were beaten 1-0 by the Swiss in their first Group H match and need a win against the Central Americans to get their campaign back on track, having been touted as one of the pre-tournament favourites. Barcelona...Full Story »

Figueroa predicts pain for Spain

Posted Friday, June 18, 2010 by PA67 hits

Defender Maynor Figueroa is convinced Honduras can inflict more World Cup misery on Spain. The central American side tackle the European champions at Johannesburg's Ellis Park on Monday in a match neither can afford to lose. Honduras were outplayed as they went down 1-0 to Chile on Wednesday but Group H was blown wide open when Switzerland later beat Spain. Figueroa feels tackling the Sp...Full Story »

Fernandes strike sinks Spain

Posted Thursday, June 17, 2010 by PA66 hits

Switzerland stunned European champions Spain in the first big upset at the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win in the teams' Group H opener in Durban. Despite the Spaniards dominating possession, the Swiss took a surprise lead in the 52nd minute with Gelson Fernandes firing past goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Spain's Xabi Alonso was denied by the crossbar in the 71st minute as his team wasted a h...Full Story »

Fernandes strike stuns Spain

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA52 hits

Switzerland stunned European champions Spain in the first big upset at the World Cup with a narrow 1-0 win in the teams' Group H opener in Durban. Despite the Spaniards dominating possession, the Swiss took a surprise lead in the 52nd minute with Gelson Fernandes firing past goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Spain's Xabi Alonso was denied by the crossbar in the 71st minute as his team wasted a hatful ...Full Story »

Spain eager to light up World Cup

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by PA90 hits

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque heads into his team's opening Group H game against Switzerland on Wednesday believing South Africa's tournament can still be remembered as the best World Cup of all time. Del Bosque said he and his players are determined to help make the tournament a success so the people in the host country, and all of Africa, have something to be proud of. He said: "We ha...Full Story »

Iniesta set for Spain’s opener

Posted Wednesday, June 16, 2010 by YAHOO Sport120 hits

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA(AP) —Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta likely will be available for the Group H match against Switzerland after taking part in a full training session. Iniesta took the field at Moses Mabhida Stadium for the 60-minute session Tuesday, a day after completing his first full practice for the European champions since injuring his right leg in a 6-0 win over Poland last week...Full Story »

Silva keeps his focus on Spain

Posted Saturday, June 12, 2010 by PA89 hits

David Silva insists his thoughts are focused solely on Spain's World Cup campaign and not on where he might be playing his club football next season. The highly-rated Valencia midfielder, who will be hoping to be part of Spain's starting line-up for their opening match in South Africa against Switzerland on Wednesday, has long been the subject of intense transfer speculation and this summer has...Full Story »

Ruthless Spain hammer Poland

Posted Wednesday, June 09, 2010 by PA55 hits

Fernando Torres made a scoring return from injury as Spain thrashed Poland 6-0 in their last warm-up match before departing for the World Cup. Torres came on after 66 minutes and showed no ill effects from the injury which had seen him miss the end of the season with Liverpool, but Andres Iniesta went off with a thigh problem in the first half. Barcelona midfielder Iniesta brilliantly se...Full Story »

Navas gives Spain victory

Posted Friday, June 04, 2010 by PA75 hits

Jesus Navas struck a stunning winner as Spain left it late once again before recording a narrow 1-0 World Cup warm-up victory over South Korea. Five days after Fernando Llorente's injury-time effort earned Spain a 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia, Navas popped up four minutes from time to slam an unstoppable 25-yard effort into the top corner of the net for the only goal of the match in Innsbruck....Full Story »

Int'l Friendly: Spain - South Korea

Posted Thursday, June 03, 2010 by Goal.com435 hits

La Furia Roja will want to cement their status as one of the World Cup favourites when they meet the Taegeuk Jeonsa... Kick Off: Thursday, June 3, 2010. 18:00 CETTivoli Neu, Innsbruck, Austria Saudi Scare Spain remain one of the outstanding favourites to claim the World Cup this summer, having shaken their reputation for big tournament flopping in magnificent style by claiming Euro 2008 two...Full Story »

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