European champions Spain set a world record of 15 successive international wins by beating hosts South Africa 2-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup on Saturday.
David Villa's goal seven minutes into the second half and another 20 minutes later from substitute Fernando Llorente also meant Spain equalled Brazil's run of 35 matches without defeat. Villa's goal was a masterclass in control and finishing as he chested down a chip from Álvaro Arbeloa before turning and shooting wide of Itumeleng Khune.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper had brought the 38,212 crowd to its feet less than a minute earlier, stopping the Valencia CF forward's penalty and a follow-up shot from Carles Puyol. Llorente swept in the second goal after a miscue from Cesc Fabregas fell perfectly in his path, enabling Spain to break the previous record for successive international victories jointly held by Brazil, France and Australia.
Runners-up South Africa joined Group A winners Spain in the semi-finals after Iraq drew 0-0 with New Zealand in Johannesburg. Group B will be decided on Sunday when Brazil meet Italy and Egypt take on the United States.
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