Confederations Cup: Spain lifted by Alba double


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Spain survived a stiff first-half examination from Nigeria to clinch their place in the last four of the Confederations Cup yesterday. Two goals by Jordi Alba and another from Fernando Torres set up a semi-final showdown with Italy.

The rematch will be a chance for Italy to get even for their humiliating 4-0 defeat to Spain in last year's European Championship final.

Alba opened the scoring in the third minute, the Barcelona left-back finishing off a flowing one-touch move involving club team-mates Pedro and Andres Iniesta. Yet Spain were very much on the backfoot for the rest of the half with Nigeria missing a number of good chances.

Torres made the game safe with a header in the 62nd minute, three minutes after replacing Roberto Soldado and Alba picked up his second with two minutes to go.

In the other game in the group Abel Hernandez hit four goals as Uruguay's second-string beat Tahiti 8-0. Uruguay play hosts Brazil in the last four. Tahiti conc-eded 24 goals in their three games.