Spain earns 2-1 victory over Chile
With Spain staring at an early exit from the World Cup, David Villa and Andres Iniesta each scored and the Spanish beat Chile 2-1 on Friday. The result sends both teams on to the round of 16.
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PRETORIA, South Africa — David Villa and Andres Iniesta each scored as Spain beat Chile 2-1 on Friday at the World Cup, a result that sends both teams to the round of 16.
Villa got his goal on a shot from 45 yards out in the 24th minute, when goalkeeper Claudio Bravo came out of his area and cleared a ball straight to the Spain striker.
Iniesta doubled the advantage by beating Bravo with a right-footed shot from the edge of the area in the 37th, with Marco Estrada ejected after collecting his second yellow card on the play.
Chile didn't back down, pressing and scoring on substitute Rodrigo Millar's deflected shot in the 47th.
Spain finished at the top of Group H with six points and will play Portugal in the next round. Chile was second and will play Brazil. Switzerland was third and Honduras was last.
Chile was the first South American team to lose a match at the 2010 World Cup.
In Bloemfonten, Honduras held Switzerland to a 0-0 draw in Group H, a result that knocked both teams out of the tournament.
The Swiss could have locked up a spot in the second round with a two-goal win over Honduras. But Switzerland played with little urgency or creative flair until late in the match, and it couldn't turn its domination of possession into quality scoring opportunities.
Honduras almost stole a win in the 71st minute, but goalkeeper Diego Benaglio denied a wide-open Edgar Alvarez with a brilliant one-handed save.
Brazil 0, Portugal 0
In Durban, Portugal reached the second round after a draw with group winner Brazil as two of soccer's most powerful offenses couldn't score.
Brazil had already secured advancement and won Group G with seven points, two more than Portugal. Ivory Coast, which beat North Korea 3-0, was third with four points. The Koreans ended with zero.
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.
Brazil plays Chile on Monday in Johannesburg. Portugal faces Spain on Tuesday in Cape Town.
The match was one of the most-anticipated in the group stage, a meeting between two talented teams known for their attacking style. Brazil came into the tournament as the top-ranked team, while Portugal is No. 3.
Ivory Coast 3,
North Korea 0
Yaya Toure, Koffi Romaric N'Dri and Salomon Kalou all scored for Ivory Coast in a win over North Korea in Nelspruit, but the Elephants didn't advance to the round of 16.
Ivory Coast started the match needing a big win and a Portugal loss to Brazil to have any chance of moving on. But Brazil and Portugal tied 0-0, putting the Portuguese into the next round.
Ghana is the only one of six African teams to advance to the second round.
North Korea lost all three matches, giving up 12 goals and scoring just one.
• South Africa failed to justify the money pumped into the team with its opening-round exit from the first World Cup to be held in Africa, former national coach Jomo Sono said Friday. Sono said it's a real loss to the tournament that South Africa exited the World Cup stage at the first hurdle. South Africa was the first host not to get out of the group round.
"I strongly believe we could have done better with the preparations we put in, with the money we put in, with a highly qualified coach (Carlos Alberto Parreira) as well," Sono said.
• For the first time, five teams from South America made the second round. Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina won their groups, Chile finished second to Spain. Only Chile lost a game.