Stylish Spain top Group D
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A 3-0 win over Uruguay ensured that Spain pipped Iran to top spot in Group D on goal difference and avoid Brazil in the second group phase.

Spain coach Venancio Lopez must have felt confident going into this match as he rested key men Luis Amado and Kike. His decision paid off as La Furia Roja were good value for their victory over a stubborn and hardworking Uruguayan outfit.

Two goals either side of half-time effectively sealed the outcome of this match. Javi Rodriguez turned the ball in from a corner in the 19th minute for his third goal of the tournament, while Fernando doubled Spain's advantage in the 21st minute, again from a corner kick.

Spain saw the opportunity to kill the game off with a knockout blow and that came just a minute later when Fernando's shot from close range flew past Diego.

Despite Uruguay pressing forward for a consolation, it was not to be and the South Americans head home with just one point to show for their efforts. Spain, on the other hand, who have not conceded a goal in over three and a half games now have their attentions on the next round.