Spain's David Villa celebrates his sensational goal against Chile. Photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Day 15 results:

Portugal 0 Brazil 0

North Korea 0 Ivory Coast 3

Switzerland 0 Honduras 0

Chile 1 Spain 2

Goal of the day: Picture this: Xabi Alonso hits a long-pass out of defence which Fernando Torres can’t reach. The Chile goalkeeper and captain Claudio Bravo quickly run out of the penalty area to attempt to clear the ball – but instead their unsuccessful attempt falls to David Villa. With his weaker left foot, near the touchline and with his first touch Villa kicks the ball all the way into the goal. Can’t believe it? Well then have a look for yourself.

Winners of the day: David Villa’s sensational goal helped Spain get the three points they needed to end their group top and qualify for the last 16. Switzerland could have joined them, only needing to score two goals or more in their match against Honduras to join the Euro 2008 champions. But they failed to do that and instead Chile (perhaps deservedly) go through along with Spain.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo and Brazil's Gilberto Silva attack the ball during their Group G clash. Photograph: Daniel dal Zennaro/EPA

In group G, Portugal and Brazil participated in what I thought would be the standout game from the ‘group of death’ and perhaps even the group stages, but the goalless draw failed to live up to expectations.

However even though both sides failed to register a goal, they did however succeed in registering lots of bookings – seven yellow cards no less (and all in the first half too). The result meant that although Ivory Coast won their game 3-0, it wasn’t enough to prevent Portugal qualifying along with group winners Brazil.

Quote of the day: “I like Jose Mourinho a lot. We spent hours talking about football. He seemed to me a guy to take to your bedside table and ask him each time you need something. I’ve got his phone number, I might call,” Diego Maradona calls upon the advice of Real Madrid coach Mourinho should he need inspiration for Argentina’s World Cup campaign.

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  1. Louis 'T' Torres says:

    VAMOS ESPANA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We will beat Portugal!

  2. Raúl says:

    Si venga! It will be such a good match going up against Portugal, we need Torres to start scoring but we are the better team I think!

  3. Jaume Badia says:

    I really hope we (Spain) win against Portugal. I think Spain is still sleeping and needs to wake up and take the WorldCup ‘por los cuernos’. Looking forward to Tuesday. Venga Espana!!!!

  4. Maria Sanchez says:

    I think Torres does not look that fit to me, maybe he needs to come on as a substitute if he is already not playing well> What do you think?

  5. Alejandro 'Alex' Thompson says:

    I think Cesc Fabregas looked good as a substitute and maybe if Torres isnt fit he shouldnt start. If Villa is scoring now then on Tuesday he will be full of confidence. Portugal will have confidence too though but I think due to the history between the two countries, it’s going to be passionate match!

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