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Spain Sets Up Semifinal With Italy at Confederations Cup Soccer

June 24, 2013

Spain advanced to a Confederations Cup soccer semifinal against Italy after beating Nigeria 3-0 to top its group at the eight-team event in Brazil.

Uruguay set up a final-four meeting with the host nation by routing Tahiti 8-0 in yesterday’s other match as the group stage of the World Cup tuneup tournament ended with no draws for the first time in its nine editions.

Left-back Jordi Alba scored at the start and end of the match in Fortaleza with striker Fernando Torres getting the other for world champion Spain, which defeated Italy 4-0 in last year’s European Championship final. The win extended Spain’s unbeaten streak in competitive matches to a record 28 games.

Abel Hernandez netted a first-half hat trick and added a 67th-minute penalty kick in Uruguay’s rout of Tahiti in Recife. Luis Suarez scored twice in the last 10 minutes, while Diego Perez and Nicolas Lodeiro got the other goals. Oceania champion Tahiti leaves the tournament having allowed 24 goals in its three Group B matches.

“This type of game shows the massive difference between professional and amateur football,” Tahiti coach Eddy Etaeta, who only had one full-time player in his squad, said on the tournament’s website. “It’s an abyss.”

Brazil hosts Uruguay in the all-South American first semifinal in Belo Horizonte on June 26, with Spain taking on Italy the following day in Fortaleza.

The final, which will be the first title decider between a South American and European team since Denmark beat Argentina in 1995, is scheduled June 30 at Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana stadium.

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