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Spain v Nigeria – Confederations Cup 2013

Spain v Nigeria – Confederations Cup 2013…..and Spain will face Italy in the Confederations Cup semi-finals after they beat Nigeria to top Group B.

Jordi Alba scored twice, stroking in following a flowing move early on and then rounding Nigerian goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama with two minutes left.

Spain players celebrate

Nigeria caused problems for Spain’s defence in between with John Mikel Obi and Sunday Mba going close.

Fernando Torres headed in two minutes after coming on as a substitute, before Alba sealed it to knock Nigeria out.

The goal from Chelsea striker Torres took the heat out of the contest, but despite Spain’s superiority in possession, Nigeria were let down again by poor finishing when substitute Gambo Muhammad squirmed the ball wide with 15 minutes left.

He was set up by the impressive Ahmed Musa, who also created a great opportunity for Brown Ideye, but the striker’s touch let him down in front of an open goal.

And although coach Stephen Keshi’s Super Eagles bow out of the tournament with a solitary victory over Tahiti to finish third in Group B behind Uruguay, there were signs of encouragement for his young side.

Had they converted their chances the story of this game might have been different, but there was a sense that Spain still had another gear to move into if they needed it.

Semi-final line-ups

  • Brazil v Uruguay (Wednesday 26 June, Belo Horizonte)
  • Spain v Italy (Thursday 27 June, Fortaleza)

Full report BBC Sport

Nigeria

  • 01 Enyeama
  • 02 Obobona
  • 03 Echiejile
  • 05 Ambrose
  • 22 Omeruo
  • 10 Mikel
  • 13 Ogude
  • 19 Mba
  • 07 Musa
  • 08 Brown
  • 09 Akpala

Substitutes

  • 16 Ejide
  • 23 Agbim
  • 06 Egwueke
  • 12 Kwambe
  • 21 Francis
  • 04 Ogu
  • 15 Babatunde
  • 17 Onazi
  • 18 Eze
  • 11 Mohammed
  • 14 Ujah
  • 20 Oduamadi

Spain

  • 12 Valdes
  • 03 Pique
  • 15 Ramos
  • 17 Arbeloa
  • 18 Alba
  • 06 Iniesta
  • 08 Xavi
  • 16 Busquets
  • 10 Fabregas
  • 11 Pedro
  • 14 Soldado

Substitutes

  • 01 Casillas
  • 23 Reina
  • 02 Albiol
  • 05 Azpilicueta
  • 19 Monreal
  • 04 Martinez
  • 20 Cazorla
  • 21 Silva
  • 22 Navas
  • 07 Villa
  • 09 Torres
  • 13 Mata
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