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Spain get through despite early scare

Friday, June 25, 2010

After a 1-0 defeat to Switzerland, many were questioning Spain's World Cup credentials. However, after victory last week against Honduras and victory tonight against Chile, Spain have done the business and are through to the last 16.

It wasn't a fantastic performance though. They started very poor and I thought Chile were going to score first. However, a crazy piece of goalkeeping from the Chile keeper allowed David Villa to score from very long range into an open net. Iniesta then scored the second for Spain and Chile were reduced to 10 men when Estrada was sent off after tripping Torres.

Spain will now face Portugal in the last 16 in what is a mouth-watering fixture. I think they can win it, provided Alonso stays fit as he is key. I didn't think I'd ever say it but I think they need to leave Torres out of the team. He was poor again tonight and David Villa would be able to do a better job up front.

Having Torres on the bench wouldn't be a bad thing. Even if he is injured he can come on and make the difference. Will they win it? Not judging by tonight's performance, but they definitely have a chance.

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