Spain beat Chile 2-1 at World Cup

Pretoria (South Africa): David Villa and
Andres Iniesta scored a goal each on Friday to help Spain beat
10-man Chile 2-1 and send both teams into the round of 16 from
Group H.

Villa scored from 45 meters in the 24th minute at Loftus
Versfeld. He ran on to a loose ball and curled a left-footed
shot into an open goal after Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo
had rushed out of the area to clear Xabi Alonso`s long ball.

Iniesta, who returned from a right leg injury, jumped on
a loose ball in the midfield and eventually worked it to Villa
down the left. The Barcelona striker drew defenders Arturo
Vidal and Mauricio Isla before passing back to Iniesta to
side-foot past Bravo in the 37th.

Marco Estrada was sent off after being booked for a
second time during the buildup to the second goal. After
replacing the suspended Carlos Carmona as holding midfielder,
Estrada was first booked in the 21st and shown a red card for
tripping Fernando Torres.

Chile substitute Rodrigo Millar pulled one back for the
South American team, scoring from a deflected shot in the

Spain finished at the top of Group H with six points and
will play Portugal in the next round, while Chile also has six
points and will face Brazil after finishing second on goal

In the other group match, Honduras held Switzerland to a
0-0 draw, eliminating both teams.

Estrada`s sending off gave Spain space to work its
quick-touch passing game and hold better possession after a
bruising start when the Chileans were able to knock the
Spanish off the ball and looked dangerous on the

With Spain starting the second half slowly, Millar -- who
replaced Mark Gonzalez to start the half -- took advantage of
the time and space given to him at the edge of the area for a
shot that deflected off Gerard Pique and leave goalkeeper Iker
Casillas without a chance.

But Spain held on for a win that ensured one of the
pre-tournament favorites advanced despite not being at its

Spain`s passing game, its usual strength, was far from
crisp as it was slow in the buildup to goal although Torres
had a valid penalty shout after being pushed to the ground by
Vidal inside the area in the 36th.

Torres was replaced by Cesc Fabregas in the 55th as the
Liverpool striker struggled again in his second start since
undergoing right knee surgery.

Chile was the first South American team to lose a match
at this year`s World Cup.

Bureau Report

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