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Spain defeats Nigeria 3-0 to reach semifinals

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STEPHEN WADE | June 23, 2013 05:20 PM EST | AP

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FORTALEZA, Brazil — World Cup champion Spain defeated Nigeria 3-0 on Sunday behind two goals from Jordi Alba and another from Fernando Torres, setting up a semifinal showdown with Italy in the Confederations Cup.

Spain extended its unbeaten string to 25 matches. Italy will be trying to avenge 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 a series of one-touch passes – Pedro backheeled a ball to Andres Iniesta, who found Alba. His low shot beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama.

Torres scored with a header in the 62nd minute and Alba's second goal came in the 88th.