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June 29, 2010

Portugal vs Spain at Cape Town Stadium: Live updates

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Portugal and Spain fans having a laugh before the match. Photo by Roy Barford

Portugal 0 - 1 Spain

Cape Town Tourism brings you updates from the Round of 16 match between Portugal and Spain at Cape Town Stadium in Green Point.

Kick-off: 20h30

Two minutes: Cape Town fans are enjoying the amazing opportunity to watch world-class players like Christiano Ronaldo, David Villa, Fernando Torres and Simao. Torres fired in a shot which was blocked by Portuguese goalkeeper, Eduardo. Torres is, of course, still searching for his first goal of the tournament.

Five minutes: Both teams have shown some aggressive intent early on. Villa, who has scored three times so far during the tournament, is again looking dangerous.

10 minutes: The vuvuzelas are getting louder as the game picks up pace. A cross from Ronaldo just missed its mark as the score remains 0-0.

20 minutes: A free-kick from Portugal captain, Ronaldo, went straight into the hands of his opposite number, Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas. At the other end, a cross from Torres went just over the heads of two Spanish players in the box. A shot from Portuguese midfielder, Tiago, was well saved by Casillas above his head.

25 minutes: Spain have enjoyed the majority of territory and possession in the last five minutes, but have not managed to take advantage. It remains 0-0.

30 minutes: Another Ronaldo free kick has been blocked by his Real Madrid team mate, Casillas. Ronaldo is truly one of the finest players of the 21st century so far; what an absolute pleasure to watch.

35 minutes: A shot from Spanish midfielder, Xavi, went wide to the left as Spain remain goalless, despite several opportunities. The score is static at 0-0, with 10 minutes left of the first half.

40 minutes: The crowd are crying out for a goal to break the ice, but both teams continue to skate gracefully up and down the field.

45 minutes:Torres has been closely watched up front and not allowed much opportunity. Neither team has scored as we go into injury time in the first half.

Half time: The teams head into the change rooms with the score still on 0-0. If you are reading this from anywhere other than Cape Town, you need to check out out domestic flight specials and get here as soon as possible for the quarter-final between Argentina and Germany and semi-final matches to be played here! If you are wondering where to watch the matches here if you don’t have tickets, see our entertainment section.

48 minutes: Spain have started the second half strongly, camping in the Portuguese half.

52 minutes: A lofted pass from Xavi just misses Torres in the Portuguese box. If both teams fail to score in this half, the match will move into extra time, which will consist of two halves of 15 minutes each.

55 minutes: Spain, the European champions in 2008, are building momentum, but the Portuguese defence remains tight.

57 minutes: Villa goes on the run in the Portuguese half, but nothing comes of it in the end.

58 minutes: Torres is replaced as his goalless World Cup continues.

60 minutes: Still no Cesc Fabregas for Spain yet, but the time must surely be coming to get him out there. Two Spanish attempts are shut down by Eduardo within a minute of each other.

62 minutes: GOAL!!! Spain’s Villa gets the ball from a rebound and slots his fourth goal of the tournament. His initial attempt was blocked by Eduardo, but he made no mistake with his second attempt after the ball rolled back to him.

65 minutes: After an excellent showing in the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, Villa continues to shine. Having opened the scoring, he now shows off his footwork as he teases the Portuguese defence.

70 minutes: Portugal are now showing a bit more urgency, but fail to hold onto the ball. Eduardo makes another fine save to deny Sergio Ramos this time.

72 minutes: Pedro Mendes replaces Pepe and Liedson comes on for Simao as Portugal look to up the tempo.

74 minutes: The attendance at Cape Town Stadium is announced as 62 935. The stadium capacity is 68 000.

75 minutes: Ramos continues to worry the Portuguese defence.

77 minutes: Another superb strike from Villa is met with another fantastic save from Eduardo. These two have both been excellent this evening; what a superb duel they have been waging.

80 minutes: Portugal really need more from the likes of Ronaldo if they are to remain in contention. With just 10 minutes plus injury time remaining, they need to do a lot more to get that equaliser. Tiago gets a yellow card to add to their frustrations.

82 minutes: Ronaldo shows amazing skill as he swings his right leg around the back of his left, to execute a successful pass. However, the score remains 1-0 to Spain.

85 minutes: Spain remain comfortably in control as Ronaldo is floored in an aerial challenge.

87 minutes: Villa is replaced after another magnificent performance.

89 minutes: Portugal’s woes continue as Ricardo Costa gets a straight red card for elbowing a Spanish player in the face.

90 minutes: There will be three minutes of injury time as Portugal battle to keep their World Cup dream alive.

92 minutes: Spain replace Xabi Alonso as they wind down the clock.

Full time: It’s all over! Portugal are going home as Spain advance to the quarter-finals, where they will meet Paraguay. It has been an absolute pleasure having Ronaldo and his team in South Africa and Cape Town football fans who witnessed Portugal’s 7-0 trashing of Korea DPR last week will never forget it. Tonight, though, they just weren’t up to the challenge.


Portugal: Eduardo, Ricardo Costa, Ricardo Carvalho, Bruno Alves, Fabio Coentrao, Tiago, Simao, Pepe, Raul Meireles, Cristiano Ronaldo (capt), Hugo Almeida

Spain: Iker Casillas (capt), Sergio Ramos, Carles Puyol, Gerard Pique, Joan Capdevila, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Xabi Alonso, David Villa, Fernando Torres

See also:

Portugal and Spain fans in Cape Town: Photographs

Vasco da Gama FC gets behind Portugal in Cape Town

South Africa vs Spain, Confederations Cup, June 28, 2009

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