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  • David VILLA (55')

Referee Matthew BREEZE (AUS)

Summary

Villa seals semi spot

Villa seals semi spot

Spain are through to the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup South Africa 2009 but they were made to work for their place, and a 1-0 victory, by a resolute Iraq side. The Asian champions made life difficult for their European counterparts from the offset and nearly snatched a shock ninth-minute opener when Alaa Abdul Zahra snatched on a Gerard Pique mistake to test Iker Casillas from ...

Highlights

Line-up

ESP
IRQ
Substitute(s)
Coaches
Vicente DEL BOSQUE (ESP)
(SRB) Bora MILUTINOVIC
Officials
  • Referee: Matthew BREEZE (AUS)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Matthew CREAM (AUS)
  • Assistant Referee 2: Ben WILSON (AUS)
  • Fourth official: Eddy MAILLET (SEY)
  • Fifth official: Bechir HASSANI (TUN)
  • Misses next match if booked

Photos

  • Basem Abbas (R) of Iraq fights for the ball with Sergio Ramos of Spain
  • Sergio Ramos of Spain reacts
  • Nashat Akram (L) of Iraq duels for the ball with David Villa of Spain
  • David Villa (C) of Spain celebrates scoring
  • Xabi Alonso of Spain tackles Hawar Mulla Mohammed of Iraq
  • Juan Manuel Mata of Spain holds off a challenge from Samer Saeed of Iraq
  • David Villa #7 of Spain scores the match winning goal against Salam Shaker #14 of Iraq
  • Gerard Pique #3 of Spain and Alaa Abdul Zahra #17 of Iraq go for the ball
  • David Villa of Spain celebrates

Quotes

"They played very defensively and that made things hard for us. They really closed things down at the back but the main thing is that we're in the semi-finals." Xavi, Spain midfielder.

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    STATISTICS
    SpainStatisticsIraq
    21Shots5
    6Corner kicks1
    2Yellow cards1
    0Second yellow card and red card0
    0Red Cards0
    60%Possession (%)40%