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The referee signals the end of the game.
Carlos Marchena comes on in place of Xabi Alonso.
Foul by Ricardo Carvalho on Fernando Llorente, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot from 35 yards and missed to the left of the target.
Miguel Ricardo Costa challenges Joan Capdevila unfairly and gives away a free kick. Miguel Ricardo Costa shown a red card for serious foul play. Iker Casillas takes the free kick.
Miguel Danny takes a shot. Blocked by Gerard Pique.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Miguel Danny by Garcia Sergio Ramos. Rodriguez Pedro on for David Villa. Free kick taken by Jose Raul Meireles.
Headed effort from inside the box by Fernando Llorente misses to the right of the target.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao sends in a cross.
Unfair challenge on Xabi Alonso by Pedro Mendes results in a free kick. Xabi Alonso takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on David Villa by Cardoso Tiago results in a free kick. The referee cautions Cardoso Tiago for unsporting behaviour. Free kick taken by Joan Capdevila.
Miguel Danny challenges Xabi Alonso unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Gerard Pique.
Unfair challenge on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao by Garcia Sergio Ramos results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
David Villa takes a shot. Save by Carvalho Eduardo.
The ball is crossed by Garcia Sergio Ramos, clearance by Eduardo Bruno Alves.
Foul by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao on Fernando Llorente, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.
The ball is delivered by Pedro Mendes, clearance by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Xabi Alonso on Pedro Mendes. Xabi Alonso is cautioned. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
Pedro Mendes joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kleper Pepe. Sabrosa Simao leaves the field to be replaced by Da Silva Liedson.
Corner taken by Hernandez Xavi.
Hernandez Xavi takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Alexandre Fabio Coentrao makes a clearance.
Garcia Sergio Ramos takes a shot. Carvalho Eduardo makes a fantastic save.
Cardoso Tiago fouled by Sergio Busquets, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
Joan Capdevila fouled by Miguel Ricardo Costa, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.
Hernandez Xavi takes the inswinging corner, Carvalho Eduardo makes a save.
David Villa takes a shot. Save made by Carvalho Eduardo. A goal is scored by David Villa from inside the six-yard box high into the middle of the goal. Spain 1-0 Portugal.
David Villa has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.
The ball is crossed by Garcia Sergio Ramos, Fernando Llorente takes a shot. Carvalho Eduardo makes a fantastic save.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Miguel Danny. Indirect free kick taken by Iker Casillas.
(Portugal) makes a substitution, with Miguel Danny coming on for Miguel Hugo Almeida. Fernando Llorente is brought on as a substitute for Fernando Torres.
The ball is sent over by Sabrosa Simao, Sergio Busquets makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Jose Raul Meireles, Iker Casillas makes a save.
Sabrosa Simao concedes a free kick for a foul on Garcia Sergio Ramos. Direct free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
Miguel Hugo Almeida fouled by Garcia Sergio Ramos, the ref awards a free kick. Alexandre Fabio Coentrao takes the free kick.
Andres Iniesta takes a shot. Ricardo Carvalho gets a block in.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Jose Raul Meireles from the right by-line, clearance by Andres Iniesta.
Miguel Hugo Almeida crosses the ball, clearance made by Carles Puyol.
Hernandez Xavi delivers the ball, comfortable save by Carvalho Eduardo.
Centre by Garcia Sergio Ramos, Cardoso Tiago manages to make a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Carles Puyol by Miguel Hugo Almeida results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carles Puyol.
Joan Capdevila produces a cross, clearance by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao.
Eduardo Bruno Alves challenges Fernando Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sergio Busquets restarts play with the free kick.
The second half begins.
The whistle is blown to end the first half.
Gerard Pique takes a shot. Kleper Pepe gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside against Miguel Hugo Almeida. Gerard Pique restarts play with the free kick.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao crosses the ball, Header by Cardoso Tiago from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Hernandez Xavi.
Unfair challenge on Xabi Alonso by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Andres Iniesta.
Kleper Pepe challenges Sergio Busquets unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Carles Puyol.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gerard Pique by Jose Raul Meireles. Gerard Pique takes the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Jose Raul Meireles, Close range header by Miguel Hugo Almeida misses to the right of the target.
Carles Puyol gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Miguel Hugo Almeida. Free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
Xabi Alonso takes a shot. Ricardo Carvalho gets a block in.
Xabi Alonso takes a shot. Kleper Pepe gets a block in.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Hernandez Xavi goes wide left of the goal.
The ball is delivered by David Villa.
Foul by Alexandre Fabio Coentrao on Xabi Alonso, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Xabi Alonso.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao by Xabi Alonso. Shot comes in from Cristiano Ronaldo from the free kick, save by Iker Casillas.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Eduardo Bruno Alves by Fernando Torres. Eduardo Bruno Alves restarts play with the free kick.
Alexandre Fabio Coentrao concedes a free kick for a foul on Andres Iniesta. Hernandez Xavi delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, Ricardo Carvalho makes a clearance.
Effort from outside the area by Cristiano Ronaldo goes wide right of the goal.
Unfair challenge on Sabrosa Simao by Xabi Alonso results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Ricardo Carvalho.
Cristiano Ronaldo takes a shot. Save made by Iker Casillas.
The ball is delivered by Fernando Torres.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Garcia Sergio Ramos on Alexandre Fabio Coentrao. Strike comes in from Cristiano Ronaldo from the free kick, save made by Iker Casillas.
Cardoso Tiago fouled by Xabi Alonso, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Miguel Ricardo Costa.
The ball is sent over by Garcia Sergio Ramos.
Effort on goal by Fernando Torres from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.
Hernandez Xavi decides to take the corner short.
Kleper Pepe challenges Sergio Busquets unfairly and gives away a free kick. Hernandez Xavi takes the direct free kick.
Kleper Pepe challenges Sergio Busquets unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Gerard Pique.
Cristiano Ronaldo crosses the ball.
Centre by Miguel Ricardo Costa, save by Iker Casillas.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Cristiano Ronaldo. Indirect free kick taken by Iker Casillas.
Sabrosa Simao takes a shot. Blocked by Carles Puyol.
Corner taken right-footed by Jose Raul Meireles from the right by-line, Gerard Pique manages to make a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Sabrosa Simao, clearance by Joan Capdevila.
Hernandez Xavi takes the inswinging corner, save made by Carvalho Eduardo.
Foul by Kleper Pepe on Hernandez Xavi, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Hernandez Xavi.
David Villa takes a shot. Carvalho Eduardo makes a save.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Save made by Carvalho Eduardo.
The referee gets the match started.
Villa defends `spectacular' Torres
Spain forward David Villa has launched a staunch defence of Fernando Torres and insists he is "totally convinced" his strike partner will regain his scoring touch.
Vicente Del Bosque's side meet Iberian rivals Portugal in the World Cup last-16 clash in Cape Town with Villa having scored three goals from as many matches. Torres, however, has yet to find the net in South Africa having only recovered from a knee injury just before the tournament.
Villa insists the squad are oblivious to negative reviews of Torres' performances so far.
"First of all I haven't really heard any criticism of Fernando and I certainly don't share a view of his performances being lacklustre," said the Barcelona-bound striker.
"Perhaps he hasn't scored a goal but he's done spectacular work. He really is very happy in the squad, he's made an enormous effort to help this team. Let's remember what state he was in with his knee a month ago.
"He is supporting the team with his play, so I'm very thankful to him and I think his performances have been very good.
"He is doing some excellent work, but forwards are always measured by the goals they score and I'm totally convinced that if he continues working as well as he is, he will score goals."
Villa added: "He had that at the European Championship, he scored goals in the later stages although he hadn't scored many at the beginning.
"He's very happy, he's always with us and he's always going to be contributing very positively to the side."
Coach Del Bosque believes the Liverpool striker's best is yet to come.
"I think he has been very good," said the Spain boss. "He only played 30 minutes or so in the first match and then more in the next two. I think that's been very good because now he has fresh legs and we're hoping he puts on a top show [on Tuesday]."
Del Bosque, who inherited the current generation from Euro 2008-winning boss Luis Aragones, insists his side will not focus too closely on Portugal talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.
"I don't think we should become obsessed with Ronaldo," he said. "We have to centre our attention on Portugal as a team because they have shown defensively and offensively that they are a very competent squad.
"Thanks to the work carried out by their coach, Carlos Queiroz, they have come to this World Cup in top form."
Del Bosque hopes to have Xabi Alonso fit after a niggling injury but will wait to see how the Basque midfielder reacts to Monday's training session overnight.
Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz is relishing a "mouth-watering" exhibition of beautiful football and cultural rivalry.
Spain are revered for their footballing philosophy based on the 'tiki-taka' passing play of Barcelona but Portugal have won plaudits too, not least for a 7-0 thrashing of North Korea in the group stage.
Queiroz has warned his side they must forget such previous performances and move on to a new level.
"This is going to be extremely difficult," he said. "Spain and Portugal play a style of football that, although somewhat similar, there are a number of differences between the two teams.
"I believe it's going to be a great game of football, a game with a lot of creativity, imagination, speed and great moves. At this stage, the round of 16, I expect a great show of football."
Queiroz believes the historic nature of the clash between two sides will only add extra spice.
"It is a regional rivalry between the teams and it is also a social, cultural and historical rivalry between two nations," he said.
"Therefore the game between Portugal and Spain is always a mouth-watering game, I'm sure of that. Just like 'derbies' between, say, England and Germany."
While respectful of Spain's threat, the former Real Madrid coach will ask his side to maintain their attacking ethos.
"We want to win this game from the very first minute," he added. "We don't know whether the duration of the game will be 90 minutes, 120 minutes or a penalty shoot-out. When you play a game of this nature, all that counts is that we move forward and score.
"My philosophy is that in a game of this nature, as a coach you have to take some risks.
"Our passes have to be decisive if we want to defeat Spain. We have to defend well, attack well and a Portuguese team always has to be on the attack."
Danny is unlikely to keep his place in the Portugal side due to an injury suffered in the final group game against Brazil but playmaker Deco should return from a hip problem.
Villa strike sees Spain progress
Spain's crusade to add the World Cup trophy to their Euro 2008 title continued tonight with a closely-fought last-16 win over Iberian neighbours Portugal.
Vicente Del Bosque's side dominated on the ball as usual but were frustrated for long periods by Portugal, who had decent chances of their own at Cape Town's Green Point Stadium.
Ultimately Spain's patience paid off, however, as David Villa's 63rd-minute goal secured victory exactly two years to the day since their European triumph in Austria.
They will now fancy themselves in a quarter-final clash with modest South Americans Paraguay while Portugal - who had Ricardo Costa dismissed in the final minute - face a disappointing trip home.
Fernando Torres, without a goal in South Africa, tested Portugal goalkeeper Eduardo after just a minute and strike partner Villa also forced an early save.
The lively start continued when Villa, coming in from the left again, fired in a low effort which Eduardo stopped smartly.
Another Torres shot from a short corner was not too far over the bar but for all Spain's dominance, he and Villa were largely restricted to playing out wide.
Portugal had perhaps the best chance so far in the 20th minute. Midfielder Tiago tried his luck from the edge of the box and after Iker Casillas could only push it high into the air, he had to scramble it away near his own goal-line.
Xavi and Villa tried their luck at the other end before Spain team-mate Xabi Alonso saw a couple of long-range attempts stifled.
Portugal had a clear chance in the 39th minute when Almeida was unable to properly connect with Raul Meireles' cross, to the disappointment of a better-placed Cristiano Ronaldo behind him.
Casillas raced out to halt Simao's run at goal before Tiago headed over a good chance.
Seven minutes into the second half Spain defender Gerard Pique was outpaced by Almeida down the left and when the Werder Bremen striker's attempted centre deflected off Carles Puyol's thigh, the defender was relieved to see the ball go narrowly wide.
Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz sent Danny on for Almeida while Vicente Del Bosque sacrificed Torres for target man Fernando Llorente just before the hour mark.
In the 60th minute there was nearly an immediate impact as Llorente's diving header from Sergio Ramos' cross was somehow saved by Eduardo at point-blank range, before Villa curled one just wide.
The breakthrough came seconds later. Typically intricate build-up play saw Andres Iniesta feed Xavi who backheeled beautifully to the on-rushing Villa. The striker saw his first shot saved well by Eduardo but hammered the rebound high into the net.
Eduardo then got down brilliantly to turn away Ramos' drive from the right before Queiroz sent on striker Liedson and midfielder Pedro Mendes.
Again Eduardo was called upon to parry a shot, this time from Villa, while at the other end Portugal talisman Ronaldo was dreadfully quiet.
Villa's cross enabled Llorente to head just wide before the goalscorer was taken off for a rest, replaced by Pedro.
Danny had a dangerous-looking shot blocked well by Pique but moments later Portugal were down to 10 men when referee Hector Baldassi suddenly produced a red card, for defender Costa, for apparently lashing out at Joan Capdevila.
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