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    Spain defeat Nigeria 3-0 to reach semi-finals

    Brazil: World Cup winners Spain defeated Nigeria 3-0 with two goals by Jordi Alba and another from Fernando Torres on Sunday to set up a semi-final showdown with Italy in the Confederations Cup.

    The rematch will be a chance for Italy to get even for a humiliating 4-0 loss to Spain in last year's European championship final. Alba scored in the third minute to set the wide-open tone for the match.

    The goal capped off a series of one-touch passes with Pedro backheeling a clever ball to Andres Iniesta, who found Alba. His low shot beat keeper Vincent Enyeama.

    Torres scored with a header in the 62nd, and Alba picked up his second in the 88th. With this win, Spain extended its unbeaten string to 25 matches.