Sunday June 23, 2013 1st Round: Group B Finished Estádio Plácido Castelo

Nigeria 0 - 3 Spain

  • Alba 3’, 88’
  • Torres 62’

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    Time:90'
    • Nigeria
    • Spain
    • 90+3' There goes the final whistle! A 3-0 win for Spain. Uruguay also through after an 8-0 win against minnows Tahiti.
    • 89' We are into three minutes of time added on as Villa fails to get on the end of the Torres cross.
    • 88' Villa fires a shot at goal from inside the Nigeria box, but Enyeama is across his goal quickly to make the stop.
    • 87' Fegor Ogude tries a pass, but John Obi Mikel is caught offside.
    • 86' GOAL! Alba cuts free on the break before rounding Enyeama to make it 3-0 with Nigeria all over the place at the back.
    • 85' Villa scampers into the Nigeria box. Decides to have a go at goal, but lifts the shot over the bar as he is found leaning back.
    • 84' Fernando Torres has scored five goals from six shots on target in the 2013 Confederations Cup.
    • 83' Late challenge by Torres on Ogu relieves the pressure on that Nigeria defence.
    • 82' Torres just fails to connect with the Iniesta cross ball. Some more good movement by Torres.
    • 81' Musaab unloads a shot at goal from 22 yards. Ball well wide of the goal. Story of Nigeria's night.
    • 80' Mikel drills a shot at goal from long range. Ball wide of goal. Spain with 15 shots on target compared to seven by Nigeria.
    • 79' Enyeama quickly out of his goal ahead of Villa to win the ball. Can Nigeria score at least a consolation goal? Probably deserve it.
    • 78' Ambrose stopped by Iniesta. Ideye races through the middle, but can't latch onto the ball over the top.
    • 77' The Spanish fans in this vast crowd making plenty of noise as their country extends the unbeaten run to 25 matches.
    • 76' Iniesta picking out some gorgeous passes. Some magnificent stuff from the middle of the park.
    • 75' On comes David Villa for Spain and off goes Pedro.
    • 74' Nigeria have passed up plenty of chances in this match. And there is a change coming here for Spain.
    • 73' Another Nigeria chance is wasted as Gambo somehow manages to clip the ball wide from Musaab's cross. Should have been 2-1 there.
    • 72' Iniesta just fails to pick out Torres in the middle before Nigeria look to break.
    • 71' Uruguay set to face Brazil in the last four. They lead Tahiti 6-0. Spain to take on Italy in a repeat of last year's European Championship final.
    • 70' Arbeloa brings down Mikel. Time running out on now on Nigeria.
    • 69' Silva thumps a shot at goal, but Nigeria have plenty of white shirts behind the ball to make the block.
    • 68' Godfrey Oboabona forced to dash back and make a timely intervention as Torres threatened to cut through the middle.
    • 67' Offside flag goes up against Elderson as he raced into the Spain box. Probably the right call.
    • 66' Torres heads well over the bar from Xavi's corner. Was far from easy as the ball cleared the bar by some distance.
    • 65' Godfrey Oboabona back to make a brilliant tackle to deny Torres a free shot at goal after he was picked out by Iniesta.
    • 64' Silva just fails to connect with Iniesta's ball over the top. Brilliant cross, but the Man City man couldn't direct the volley at the Nigeria goal.
    • 63' On comes John Ogu and off goes Mba for the African champions.
    • 62' Uruguay with a 5-0 lead as Nigeria prepare to make a change for the last 30 minutes or so.
    • 61' Torres with his fifth goal of the tournament, and eighth goal in these Confederations Cup matches over past two tournaments.
    • 60' GOAL! Torres nods the second goal into the net from Pedro's cross. Spain lead 2-0. Brilliant cross and finish.
    • 59' Since losing to Guinea in October 2010 during CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, they had a 20-game unbeaten streak (11 wins, nine draws)
    • 58' Nigeria clear the Xavi free-kick, but Spain quick to recycle the ball in the middle of the park.
    • 57' Torres is going to take over from Soldado here for the Spanish.
    • 56' Spain going to throw Torres on here by the looks of things. Nigeria forced to get plenty of bodies behind the ball.
    • 55' Pedro supplies Alba, who fires the ball across the face of goal. Nobody on hand to finish. Lovely Spanish play.
    • 54' Nigeria last faced European opponents three years ago, losing 2-1 to Greece in the World Cup.
    • 53' Silva takes over from Fabregas, who has picked up an injury. Silva scored twice against Tahiti.
    • 52' Xavi with a lovely free-kick. Skims the top of the net before speeding over. So close to a second goal for Spain.
    • 51' Azubuike Egwuekwe brings down Soldado with a late challenge, and that will be a Spain free-kick 25 yards from goal.
    • 50' Nigeria's best chance of the match goes awry. So disappointing for the African champions.
    • 49' Musaab with a brilliant cross. Valdes can't catch the cross, but Ideye can't finish. How did Spain survive that moment?
    • 48' Two reigning World Cup champions have been knocked out of the Confeds in the first round, Brazil in 2003 and Italy in 2009. But Spain not going to be joining that list.
    • 47' Nigeria on the ball as Ambrose picks out Musaab down the line. Ramos thumps clear from deep in his own half.
    • 46' We are off and running in Fortaleza for this second half.
    • 45+2' There goes the whistle! A 1-0 lead for Spain at the break.
    • 45+1' Ramos heads at goal from Xavi's free-kick, but straight into the arms of Enyeama in the Nigeria goal. Never had the direction.
    • 44' We are into two minutes of time added on in this first period.
    • 43' Spain heading for the break with this 1-0 lead it seems.
    • 42' Vicente Del Bosque today equals the record number of matches (eight) at the Confedederations Cup by a coach.
    • 41' Soldado crowded out by several white shirts as he tried to engineer some space in the Nigeria area.
    • 40' Jordi Alba with too much pace on his delivery at the other end as Soldado tried to benefit from the cross.
    • 39' Elderson lifts the cross straight out of play. Disappointing end to that move.
    • 38' Ideye just fails to connect in the middle from Ambrose's pass. Lovely ball into the Spain area, but chance not snapped up.
    • 37' Brilliant, brilliant pass by Soldado. Fabregas with two goals from four shots in this tournament.
    • 36' Fabregas hits the post from Soldado's pass. Ball comes back off a post and into the arms of Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.
    • 35' Nigeria have actually had more shots on goal than Spain despite the world champions' usual dominance of possession.
    • 34' Uruguay now leading Tahiti 3-0. They are coasting into the last four of this tournament.
    • 33' Offside flag goes up against Musaab as he set off too early in the Spain half.
    • 32' Nigeria certainly not lacking adventure whenever they are in possession. Stephen Keshi directing orders from the edge of his technical area.
    • 31' Nigeria moving the ball from side to side. Alba back to clear the ball from Musaab's cross.
    • 30' Pedro goes to ground under pressure from Ideye Brown, but referee rightly waves play on.
    • 29' Despite only playing 78 minutes, Juan Mata has assisted two goals and created four more goalscoring chances at the Confederations Cup. Wonder if we'll him later on.
    • 28' Spain keeping the ball again. It is all about possession for them. Nigeria trying to conserve energy.
    • 27' Soldado racing in on goal, but smashes the ball straight at Enyeama. Decent stop by the Nigeria goalkeeper. Had to get down well to make that stop.
    • 26' Decent cross by Ambrose. Met by Akpala in the middle, but he heads straight into the arms of Valdes.
    • 25' Ahmed Musaab sees his run cut out by Alba before Spain pick up from the Nigeria corner.
    • 24' Chance for Soldado to add the second from Ramos's ball over the top. But a solid diving stop by Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.
    • 23' Pique rejoins the action. Clutching his back, but seems to be ok to continue. Spain back in possession, and keeping the ball. Pass, pass, pass.
    • 22' Pique needing a spot of treatment here. He is off the pitch at the moment as Spain play with 10 men.
    • 21' Mikel with a free-kick into the heart of the Spain box, but Valdes does well to make a couple of punches clear under pressure.
    • 20' Spain have played an average of 8.7 passes per minute at this tournament, well clear of Brazil (4.9) in second place.
    • 19' Mba sees a shot tipped wide by Valdes from distance. Brilliant diving stop by the Barcelona goalkeeper.
    • 18' Del Bosque off his bench making a few points. Spain doing little wrong so far this evenining.
    • 17' Real hot evening as Valdes knocks the ball long down the pitch.
    • 16' Nigeria moving the ball quickly through Akpala before Ahmed Musaab knocks the ball away.
    • 15' These two sides have met at senior international level just once before, with Nigeria 3-2 winners in the 1998 World Cup group stage.
    • 14' Ramos drives a free-kick into the wall of the white shirts. Plenty of pace, but no direction on the effort.
    • 13' Akpala turns to fire a shot at goal from distance. No real pace on the shot. Easy enough save by Valdes in the Spain goal.
    • 12' Spain make the break to the other end. Pedro held up by Godfrey Oboabona. Appeals for a penalty as he turned inside, but the referee waves play on.
    • 11' Obi Mikel sees a shot deflect over the bar. Superb defending by Pique to make the block there.
    • 10' Fabregas knocks the ball behind from Xavi's corner. Decent effort, but always wide of the target. Nigeria try to break.
    • 9' Kenneth Omeruo needing some treatment here after going down making that challenge on Fabregas.
    • 8' Xavi with a brilliant one-two to send Fabregas in on goal, but Kenneth Omeruo does just enough to recover to make the tackle. Almost a second goal.
    • 7' Spain keeping the ball with so much ease. Nigeria can only watch and learn at the moment. Spain collect at the halfway line before heading backwards.
    • 6' Uruguay have taken the lead in the night's other game against Tahiti. Abel Hernandez with the goal there.
    • 5' Sunday Mba replaces John Ogu for this match, while Joseph Akpala takes the place of the injured Nnamdi Oduamadi. But they are in a spot of trouble now. Need two goals otherwise they are out.
    • 4' GOAL! Jordi Alba dances into the heart of the Nigeria box. Poor defending and Alba slots the ball beyond the goalkeeper. Spain lead 1-0.
    • 3' Ideye Brown sees a deflect wide of goal as Nigeria look to fire the opening goal at the other end. End to end stuff.
    • 2' Iniesat fires a shot at goal, but that is a fine diving stop by Vincent Enyeama. Somehow kept that out. Almost a dream opener for Spain.
    • 1' We are off and running then in this one.
    • 19:55 One more permutation for you, if Spain beat Nigeria 8-0, Tahiti will progress with an 11-0 win over Uruguay. Sounds reasonable enough. Teams out for the national anthems.
    • 19:50 Match odds for this one: Nigeria 11/1, Spain 1/4, Draw 5/1. Spain start strong favourites as you would imagine.
    • 19:45 Vicente del Bosque: "The match allowed us to give minutes to everyone. (Against Tahiti) the best players for this specific game played, and on Sunday others will play."
    • 19:40 Stephen Keshi (Nigeria): "We can't wait to play them. Anything can happen. That's what makes this such a great game. It doesn't matter who we are playing, as long as the boys do what we want them to do. We will just play our game."
    • 19:35 If all three teams end up on six points then goal difference will settle matters. Uruguay will finish ahead of Nigeria if their winning margin against Tahiti is five goals more Nigeria's against Spain. Spain only have to draw or avoid a three-goal losing margin to progress. But they will be focused on extending their 24-match unbeaten run.
    • 19:30 The referee is Joel Aguilar of Slovakia.
    • 19:25 Teams: Nigeria: Enyeama, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ambrose, Omeruo, Mikel, Ogude, Mba, Musa, Ideye, Akpala...subs: Ejide, Ogu, Egwueke, Mohammed, Kwambe, Ujah, Babatunde, Onazi, Eze, Oduamadi, Benjamin, Agbim////Spain: Valdes, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Fabregas, Soldado..subs: Casillas, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Azpilicueta, Villa, Torres, Mata, Monreal, Cazorla, Silva, Jesus Navas, Reina
    • 19:20 Spain need a point to ensure their progress while Nigeria need three points from this one otherwise they are out. Uruguay are certain to beat Tahiti to move to six points that should see them into the last four of the Confederations Cup.
    • 19:15 Good evening and welcome to LIVE coverage of Nigeria against Spain from the closing round of Group B matches at the Confederations Cup.
  • Summary

    • 88' Villa fires a shot at goal from inside the Nigeria box, but Enyeama is across his goal quickly to make the stop.
    • 86' GOAL! Alba cuts free on the break before rounding Enyeama to make it 3-0 with Nigeria all over the place at the back.
    • 73' Another Nigeria chance is wasted as Gambo somehow manages to clip the ball wide from Musaab's cross. Should have been 2-1 there.
    • 65' Godfrey Oboabona back to make a brilliant tackle to deny Torres a free shot at goal after he was picked out by Iniesta.
    • 64' Silva just fails to connect with Iniesta's ball over the top. Brilliant cross, but the Man City man couldn't direct the volley at the Nigeria goal.
    • 60' GOAL! Torres nods the second goal into the net from Pedro's cross. Spain lead 2-0. Brilliant cross and finish.
    • 52' Xavi with a lovely free-kick. Skims the top of the net before speeding over. So close to a second goal for Spain.
    • 49' Musaab with a brilliant cross. Valdes can't catch the cross, but Ideye can't finish. How did Spain survive that moment?
    • 45+1' Ramos heads at goal from Xavi's free-kick, but straight into the arms of Enyeama in the Nigeria goal. Never had the direction.
    • 38' Ideye just fails to connect in the middle from Ambrose's pass. Lovely ball into the Spain area, but chance not snapped up.
    • 36' Fabregas hits the post from Soldado's pass. Ball comes back off a post and into the arms of Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.
    • 27' Soldado racing in on goal, but smashes the ball straight at Enyeama. Decent stop by the Nigeria goalkeeper. Had to get down well to make that stop.
    • 26' Decent cross by Ambrose. Met by Akpala in the middle, but he heads straight into the arms of Valdes.
    • 24' Chance for Soldado to add the second from Ramos's ball over the top. But a solid diving stop by Enyeama in the Nigeria goal.
    • 19' Mba sees a shot tipped wide by Valdes from distance. Brilliant diving stop by the Barcelona goalkeeper.
    • 11' Obi Mikel sees a shot deflect over the bar. Superb defending by Pique to make the block there.
    • 8' Xavi with a brilliant one-two to send Fabregas in on goal, but Kenneth Omeruo does just enough to recover to make the tackle. Almost a second goal.
    • 4' GOAL! Jordi Alba dances into the heart of the Nigeria box. Poor defending and Alba slots the ball beyond the goalkeeper. Spain lead 1-0.
    • 2' Iniesat fires a shot at goal, but that is a fine diving stop by Vincent Enyeama. Somehow kept that out. Almost a dream opener for Spain.
    • 19:25 Teams: Nigeria: Enyeama, Oboabona, Echiejile, Ambrose, Omeruo, Mikel, Ogude, Mba, Musa, Ideye, Akpala...subs: Ejide, Ogu, Egwueke, Mohammed, Kwambe, Ujah, Babatunde, Onazi, Eze, Oduamadi, Benjamin, Agbim////Spain: Valdes, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pique, Jordi Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Fabregas, Soldado..subs: Casillas, Albiol, Javi Martinez, Azpilicueta, Villa, Torres, Mata, Monreal, Cazorla, Silva, Jesus Navas, Reina

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    Manager: Stephen Keshi

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    Manager: Vicente del Bosque

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