x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Villa strike secures Spain's semi-final place

Spain extend their unbeaten streak to 34 games and book a place in the last four of the Confederations Cup after easing past Iraq.

David Villa, left, has moved into second place in Spain's list of all-time goalscorers after his effort against Iraq in Bloemfontein.
David Villa, left, has moved into second place in Spain's list of all-time goalscorers after his effort against Iraq in Bloemfontein.

Spain secured their spot in the semi-finals of the Confederations Cup and continued their remarkable unbeaten run after easing past Iraq in Bloemfontein today. David Villa struck the only goal of the game just after half-time as the European champions made it two wins from two in Group A following Sunday's 5-0 victory over New Zealand. Villa's goal was his 30th for Spain and saw him take over sole possession of second spot in the Iberian nation`s goal-scoring charts, one clear of Fernando Hierro and 14 behind leader Raul. Today's result means Spain also extended their unbeaten streak to 34 games, leaving them just one behind the world-record mark of 35 set by Brazil between 1993 and 1996.

*PA Sport