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Spain makes round of 16

Associated Press / June 26, 2010

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With Spain staring at an early exit, David Villa and Andres Iniesta scored for a 2-1 victory over Chile yesterday in Pretoria, South Africa. The result — and Switzerland’s scoreless draw — sent both teams on to the round of 16.

Villa got his goal on a shot from 45 yards in the 24th minute, when goalkeeper Claudio Bravo came out of his area and cleared a ball straight to the striker.

Iniesta then doubled the advantage by beating Bravo with a right-footed shot from the edge of the area in the 37th minute, with Marco Estrada ejected after collecting his second yellow card on the play.

“It was even until the ejection,’’ Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa said.

Chile didn’t back down, though, pressing and scoring on substitute Rodrigo Millar’s deflected shot in the 47th minute.

Spain finished at the top of Group H with 6 points and will play Portugal in the next round. Chile was second and will play Brazil.

Chile was the first South American team to lose a match at the Cup, but all five of the continent’s teams qualified for the second round.

Switzerland 0, Honduras 0 — Despite yielding only one goal in three games, the Swiss did not advance because they couldn’t score against Honduras in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The Swiss could have locked up a spot in the second round with a two-goal win, but Switzerland played with little urgency or creative flair, and it couldn’t turn its domination of possession into quality scoring opportunities.

Ivory Coast 3, North Korea 0 — Needing an offensive show and a lot bit of luck to make the second round, the Elephants got some of the offense but none of the luck.

Yaya Toure, Koffi Romaric N’Dri, and Salomon Kalou each scored in Nelspruit, South Africa, thrilling a pro-Ivory Coast crowd. The only problem was that the Ivorians needed Portugal to lose to Brazil, then had to make up a nine-goal difference to have a chance of moving on.

Brazil 0, Portugal 0 — Portugal reached the second round after a listless draw in Durban, South Africa. Brazil had already secured advancement and won Group G with 7 points, 2 more than Portugal.

Portugal came into the match with a comfortable goal differential to just about guarantee its spot in the round of 16 even with a loss.

Mexican referee Benito Archundia showed seven yellow cards — four to Portugal — in the first half.

The result kept alive a 19-match unbeaten streak for Portugal, which hasn’t lost since a 6-2 defeat at Brazil in a 2008 friendly. It halted Brazil’s seven-match winning streak.

It was the first time the teams met at the World Cup since Eusebio helped the Portuguese beat the Brazilians, 3-1, in 1966.

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