Monday, June 22, 2009

Flawless Spain march on

Spain continued their record-breaking form in South Africa’s World Cup rehearsal, the Confederations Cup, as they chalked up 15 successive wins on Saturday.

The European champions became the first international side to claim 15 straight victories after their 2-0 triumph over South Africa, eclipsing the mark jointly held by Brazil, Australia, and France. The result also saw Spain equal Brazil's world-leading run of 35 games unbeaten, set between 1993 and 1996, and they will claim that record outright if they avoid defeat in the Confederations Cup semi-finals.

Spain have continued their majestic form with three wins out of three in their group games in South Africa and if they can maintain their winning run up until next summer they are sure to be even shorter than their current quote of 5.8.

Brazil, as ever, are also amongst the favourites to win the World Cup, priced at 6.2, but Vicente Del Bosque’s Spain look certain to get shorter and could be less than 4/1 when the finals get underway next June.

Del Bosque said: "I'm happy with both things, but above all getting through to the semi-finals. We've come here to win the Confederations Cup.”

Del Bosque’s side have a 100 per cent record in 2010 World Cup qualifying and New Zealand, Iraq and South Africa have all been brushed aside at the Confederations Cup with Spain yet to concede a goal.

Their fluid passing style has been too good for everyone with Xavi and Cesc Fabregas providing the supply line for the deadly Fernando Torres and David Villa. And they look a good football bet at around even money to wrap up a Confederations Cup triumph with Brazil their likely opponents in the final.

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