Spain defeats Nigeria 3-0 to reach semis

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Spain defeats Nigeria 3-0 to reach semis

FORTALEZA, Brazil - World Cup champion Spain defeated Nigeria 3-0 with two goals from Jordi Alba and another from Fernando Torres on Sunday, setting up a semifinal showdown with Italy in the Confederations Cup.

Although the final score was emphatic, it could have been much closer if Nigeria had accepted some of its many clear chances in the first half. At times Spain looked vulnerable to the African champions’ fast breaks.

Thursday’s match in Fortaleza will be a chance for Italy to get even for a humiliating 4-0 loss to Spain in last year’s European championship final.

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