Spain 1-0 Iraq - Confederations Cup

A relatively dull and uninspiring game of football saw European Champions Spain dominate and eventually beat a stubborn Iraq side 1-0.

With Iraq forming two solid defensive barriers behind the ball, the large majority of the match involved Spain attempting to break down the Asians.

The only goal arrived in the 54th minute of the match as a wonderful cross from Joan Capdevila found David Villa unmarked in the six yard box to glance a header in the far right hand corner.

TEAM NEWS

                   SPAIN

                       Casillas

Ramos—Pique—Marchena—Capdevila

Carzola—Xavi—Xabi Alonso—-Mata

                   Villa–Torres

                    IRAQ

                         Kassid

Majeed—-Kareem–Rehema—-Abbas

Jassim—-Akram—Shaker—–Karim

              Mohammed–Mahmoud

MATCH REPORT

Despite Spain beginning the match with many expecting it to be a mere formality, the early stages saw monumental posesssion yet very little pressure from the number one ranked side in the world. In fact it was Iraq who had the first chance of the match with a snap shot from outside the box flying wide in the 9th minute.

It took until the 24th minute for Spain to manufacture a genuine chance in front of the half empty Free State Stadium. A fantastic cross from the right by Juan Mata saw David Villa completely unmarked at the back post but the prolific striker hit his volley wide of the back post.

The first half continued in pretty much the same vein with Spain stuck in the final 3rd of the pitch but unable to test Kassid in the Iraq goal.

The start of the second half saw Spain attempt to step up the tempo and they nearly opened the scoring early on as a ball from Santi Carzola caught out the Iraq defence but David Villa could only head straight at Kassid in goal with three other Spanish players around him.

Nevertheless, Villa made up for his miss moments later as he converted Capdevila’s cross from close range in the 54th minute.

The one way traffic continued over the goal as Xabi Alonso, Juan Mata and Sergio Ramos all had long range efforts which sailed narrowly over the crossbar.

For all of their resolute defending, Iraq had nothing to offer going forward and never looked like troubling Iker Casillas. Spain will be happy to get this dour fixture out of the way as no team is likely to play as negatively as Iraq did here in the remainder of the tournament.

2 Responses to “Spain 1-0 Iraq - Confederations Cup”

  1. Danny Says:

    That is a biast and an unfair report. Iraq did tremendously well considering their skill level, difficulties and facing the strongest team in the world. They stuck to their plan, did tremendous passes and left the Spanish faces in shock. The only thing they lacked along this tactic is to have the confidence to score when they had those few chances. For a team that was put together recently and has suffered death threats and horrible mental torture by their own government and the corruption of the teams they played for, I commend them, and congratulate their manager, Bora.

  2. Steven Beattie Says:

    Dull? I actually really enjoyed it. Spain would have beaten my home country by much more (shamefully admitted) and Iraq layed very well and deserves to have better review than this.

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