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David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal

David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
Iberian neighbours Spain and Portugal met in a round of 16 clash in Cape Town, with the winner progressing to a quarter final match against Paraguay, who had beaten Japan earlier in the day. (Getty Images)
David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
Spain started the clash stronger, dominating possession and having three long distance efforts palmed away by the Portuguese keeper, Eduardo. (Getty Images)
David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
As the game progressed, Portugal began to fashion more chances, and in the 20th minute, a powerful drive from Tiago was palmed high by Iker Cassillas, who then recovered well to keep striker Hugo Almeida from heading the ball in. (Getty Images)
David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
Just past the hour mark in the game, David Villa struck, showing brilliant reflexes to latch onto the rebound after his initial shot was well stopped by Eduardo. (Getty Images)
David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
Once the Spanish had the lead, they kept control of the ball and rarely let the Portuguese have a sniff of the ball, and in the 90th minute, insult was added to injury as Ricardo Costa was sent off for an alleged elbow to Joan Capedivila's face, though replays suggested that the Spanish leftback had grossly exaggerated the incident. (Getty Images)
David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
A despondent Cristiano Ronaldo was forced to watch as his country and club rivals marched on. (Getty Images)
David Villa shoots Spain past Portugal
The Spanish meanwhile, celebrated a win which puts them into an eminently winnable quarter final match against Paraguay. (Getty Images)