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Spain ride on Villa’s strike

European champions Spain moved into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Iraq on Wednesday.

sports Updated: Jun 17, 2009 23:24 IST

European champions Spain moved into the Confederations Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win over Iraq on Wednesday.



The win gave Spain a world record-equalling 14th consecutive international victory and stretched their unbeaten run to 34 matches — one short of the world record of 35 held by Brazil.

Forward David Villa’s header which opened the scoring after 55 minutes made him Spain’s second highest scorer of all time with 30 goals — 14 behind Raul’s 44.

Spain had to work hard for their win against the ultra-defensive Asian champions who, despite drawing their opening match against South Africa and losing this one, are still in with a chance of reaching the last four.