Uruguay 0 – 2 Spain LAST 16 (Match #50)

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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.

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                   FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014
                     MATCH 50: SECOND ROUND
                    
                      URUGUAY 0-2 SPAIN
                                  Javi Martínez 4, 81

                           Fortaleza

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