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Spain Advances to Semifinals with 3-0 Over Nigeria

Spain Advances to Semifinals with 3-0 Over Nigeria

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Despite an aggressive first-half play by their opponents, Spain cruised to the semi-finals with a 3-0 win against Nigeria last Sunday in Fortaleza.


Nigeria, led by Ahmed Musaab, kept Spanish goalkeeper Victor Valdes on his feet with seven scoring opportunities, an incredible feat against La Roja. Spain wasn’t its usual formidable self, and missed several goals in the first half.


The red-and-yellow team was fortunate in that Nigeria couldn’t take advantage of their scoring opportunities as well. Still, the green team’s defenses were no match for the Spanish attack led by Jordi Alba and Fernando Torres.


Alba scored the first goal in the match three minutes into it after a superb pass from Andres Iniesta. Striker Roberto Soldado, for his part, failed to extend Spain’s 1-0 lead over Nigeria at halftime.


On the Nigerian side, Jospeh Ideye took a dribble from Efe Ambrose, but couldn’t convert it into a goal seven minutes before halftime. Also, Mohammed Gambo missed a scoring chance courtesy of Musaab at the 73th minute.


Soldado was replaced by Torres at the 60th minute. The Chelsea striker caught a well-executed cross from Pedro to score the match’s second goal, which is also Torres’ fifth out of six goal attempts in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
In no time at all, Spain took over the role of aggressor. At the 88th minute, Alba sealed Nigeria’s fate with a goal that was his second and Spain’s third.


Coach Vicente del Bosque’s team will face Italy Thursday evening for the semifinals.

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