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Spain would fail to convert several chances but a second half goal from David Villa moved them into the quarterfinals.
The Spanish had much more possession and chances including eight shots on goal in the match. Portugal’s defense did well to keep the match scoreless until the second half when thing started to open up. A great combination of passing among the Spanish players resulted in the Villa goal. It was in the 63rd minute and his initial shot was blocked before he fired in the rebound off the crossbar.
It was Villa’s 4th goal of the tournament and was enough to put the Spanish into the quarterfinals. Portugal didn’t have many chances in the match and it was a disappointing World Cup for Cristiano Ronaldo. The frustration for the Portuguese showed late in the match as Ricardo Costa was given a red card in the 89th minute.
Spain will now face Paraguay in the quarterfinals and still remain one of the favorites to win the tournament.
Spain 1-0 Portugal Goal Videos
David Villa scores a goal after some great passing in the 63rd minute to give Spain a 1-0 lead.
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