The holders are through to a potential Quarter-Final tie against the hosts after Uruguay had no answer for a Javi Martínez brace that saw Spain run out 2-0 winners in Fortaleza.
The Bayern Munich man scored his third goal for his country just three and a half minutes into tonight’s Second Round match when he rose highest around the penalty spot and looped a header from Santi Cazorla’s free-kick past a diving Muslera.
Spain pressed hardest of the two sides but couldn’t extend their lead in the remainder of the first-half that became broken-up with a number of petty Uruguayan fouls as they chased the game.
Gaston Ramirez had a good chance eight minutes after the break when Stuani flicked a ball on, but he shot straight at Casillas. Five minutes later and he curled a shot at goal that looked destined for the top corner, but Casillas was at full-stretch to tip it wide.
Into the final ten minutes and Cazorla was given another chance to whip a free-kick into the box from the right. The delivery wasn’t cleared out of the box, and Alonso nodded it back to Javi Martínez who turned and lashed a half-volley into the back of the net.
We’ve had 50 matches at the tournament so far, producing 145 goals.
Spain will play the winners of tomorrow’s Brazil-USA clash.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 50: SECOND ROUND URUGUAY 0-2 SPAIN Javi Martínez 4, 81 Fortaleza