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Spain set new world record

Published: Saturday 20 June 2009, 19.59CET
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.
Spain set new world record
David Villa opened the scoring for Spain ©Getty Images

Published: Saturday 20 June 2009, 19.59CET

Spain set new world record

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.

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.

Villa opener
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.

Penalty save
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.

Italy-Brazil
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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