spain: iker casillas, sergio ramos, joan capdevila, carlos marchena, gerard pique, xabi alonso, juan mata, santi cazorla (dk. 67 david silva), xavi (dk. 82 sergio busquets), david villa (dk. 74 daniel guiza), fernando torres
yedekler: diego lopez, pepe reina, carlos puyol, alvaro arbeloa, raul albiol, sergio busquets, pablo hernandez, david silva, albert riera, cesc fabregas, daniel guiza, fernando llorente
teknik direktör: vicente del bosque
ıraq: mohammed kasid, salem shaker, gatee basem abbas, ali hussein rehema, hawar mulla mohammed (dk. 69 muhamed karrar jassim), mohammed ali karim, nashat akram ali, samer saeed (dk. 60 mahdi kareem), alaa abdul zahra (dk. 80 younis mahmoud khalaf), fareed majeed, ismail khalid mubarak
yedekler: mahdi kareem, labid abdul wahab, muhamed karrar jassim, emad mohammed, younis mahmoud khalaf, nour sabri, fowardlouai salah hassan
teknik direktör: bora milutinovic
goller: (1-0) dk. 55 david villa
sarı kartlar: dk. 38 xabi alonso, dk. 53 carlos marchena (spain) dk. 29 gatee basem abbas (ıraq)
spain are through to the semi-finals of the fifa confederations cup south africa 2009 but they were made to work for their place, and a 1-0 victory, by a resolute ıraq side.
the asian champions made life difficult for their european counterparts from the offset and nearly snatched a shock ninth-minute opener when alaa abdul zahra snatched on a gerard pique mistake to test iker casillas from 20 yards. spain quickly established a stranglehold on possession, however, and mohammed kassid had to rush from his line to deny fernando torres after the liverpool striker worked a delightful one-two with xavi.
david villa, meanwhile, was chasing the goal that would take him past fernando hierro as spain's second-top all-time scorer, and he came close on 24 minutes with a left-foot volley that flashed into the side-netting.
chances remained at a premium though, with ıraq generally successful in subduing their illustrious opponents, and villa must have wondered if this was not to be his day when he spurned a glorious chance seven minutes into the second half. santi cazorla curled in a tantalising cross but, though unmarked ten yards from goal, the valencia striker headed straight at the grateful kassid.
yet, like any great striker, villa picked himself up and made amends with a superbly-taken winner, directing a precise header just inside the far post following another terrific cross from marauding left-back joan capdevila.
spain continued to dominate and xabi alonso forced a fine save out of kassid, but as the clock ticked down nashat akram almost snatched a dramatic equaliser, firing just wide from 25 yards with casillas rooted to the spot. la roja held on for a deserved victory, however, and in doing so equalled the longest winning streak in international football: 14 matches.