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After destroying New Zealand in their Group A opener, European champions Spain will turn their attention to Iraq when they meet Bora Milutinovic's men on Wednesday evening in Bloemfontein. Watch live Spain vs Iraq in the Confederations Cup from your control panel at Live Sport Network.
Spain produced a brilliant attacking display to thrash New Zealand 5-0 in their opening game. Liverpool striker Fernando Torres scored a hat trick in seventeen minutes- the fastest in Confederations Cup history as New Zealand capitulated in the first twenty minutes.
Cesc Fabregas and David Villa were also on target for Spain, who eased up a bit in the second half after leading 4-0 at the lemon break. Spain passed the ball around comfortably, and keeper Iker Casillas barely had a save to make. Had Spain not chosen to save some energy in the second half, the scoreline could well have read 9 or 10-0.
Iraq managed to hold hosts South Africa to a draw in the tournament opener in Johannesburg. Coach Bora Milutnovic fielded five men at the back as Iraq chose to defend rather than attack. South Africa were unable to find a way past Iraq keeper Mohammed Kassid, much to the anger of the home crowd.
South Africa coach Joel Santana was clearly incensed at the way Iraq played, saying that they “ defended even when they attacked, and their fullbacks did not cross the half way line”. Should Milutinovic opt for a similar strategy against Spain, the Iraq defence will be sorely tested by La Furia Roja's one touch possession oriented style of football.
Spain are now unbeaten in their last 33 games, and after their performance against the All Whites, few will bet against them making it 34 against the reigning Asian champions. Sign up today to watch Confederations Cup live on your computer.
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