Torres & co. in narrow win

Liverpool’s Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso started for Spain as they beat Iraq 1-0 to reach the semi-finals of the FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

The Spaniards were frustrated throughout the game, seemingly controlling the play but struggling to find a breakthrough.

The only goal of the game came from Valencia’s David Villa, who Torres yesterday urged Rafa Benitez to bring to Anfield, with a second half header.

Alonso was booked on 38 minutes and later saw an effort on goal saved by Iraq goalkeeper Mohamed Kassid.

The result broke records for the Spanish who equalled the world record (for international teams) of 14 consecutive victories. They are also now one off equalling the world record of 34 matches unbeaten, currently held by Brazil.

They play South Africa in their final group game on Saturday evening.