In this one sided fixture, Spain had the first attempt at goal by Torres and then David Villa coming close twice. For the first time in the South Africa 2010 World Cup, Torres was visible, almost catching the goalkeeper unawares with a first time shot in the 13th minute, in a match that Spain actually turned up.
Cassilas kept Spain in the World Cup with a brave and telling save to deny Portugal a clear goal. As the goal drought went on, the match became more of a bore with sporadic attacks from both teams.
Portugal were guilty of giving away possession too cheaply to the more efficient and combative Spanish. For their part, Spain failed to deliver the killer pass to Fernando Torres. They were lucky when Almeida’s deflected cross beat the keeper and bounced wide of the upright post.
Fernando Torres was replaced by namesake Lorrente Torres. Spain found their voice creating a succession of chances. David Villa scored from a slick Spanish move which set him up from a suspiciously offside position to stab home the ball on a second attempt after goalkeeper Eduardo blocked his first shot with his feet in the 63rd minute.
Spain turned on the Barcelona charm, returning possession for excessive lengths of time. They passed the ball with pin-point accuracy that the Portuguese began to enjoy watching. They squandered an equaliser opportunity in the dearth, seconds before Ricardo Costa got a dubious red card for “elbowing” Cape De Villa.
Ronaldo had to leave the same way his big money earner friend Rooney, with a clean sheet.