30 Jun 2010

Spain into quarter-finals

8:30 am on 30 June 2010

A goal by striker David Villa has earned Spain a 1-nil win over neighbours Portugal and a World Cup quarter-final place after an entertaining match in cape Town in which the Portuguese also created several chances.

The alert Villa struck the winner after 63 minutes when he fired the ball into the net off the underside of the bar after his first effort was blocked by excellent goalkeeper Eduardo, having been set up by Xavi's clever back-heel in the area.

Portugal right back Ricardo Costa was sent off in the 90th after a clash with Joan Capdevila on the edge of the area.

Spain, the European champions, will meet Paraguay, who earlier won a penalty shootout against Japan after a nil-all draw, in the quarter-finals.