SPAIN 1-0 PORTUGAL Few complaints over the result in the end as Spain ultimately outclass their defensive-minded neighbours. Despite an impressive first half when they created the better chances, Portugal sat even deeper after the break and criminally failed to test the out-of-sorts Casillas. Spain duly pushed further forward with an increased tempo and got their just rewards through sharpshooter David Villa's fourth of the tournament. When the onus then fell on Portugal to attack, they offered precious little and Spain simply passed out the remaining 20-odd minutes. Messrs Ronaldo and Torres were hugely disappointing, but Xavi and Villa made up for that with wonderful individual displays. Full time in Cape Town, Spain 1 Portugal 0.
FULL TIME The referee blows his whistle and Spain are in the World Cup quarter finals.
CUT OUT Ronaldo drives across goal but it's cut out, and then Puyol crucially cuts out the rebounded ball in.
LATE CHANGE Spain waste a few seconds by replacing Alonso with Carlos Marchena.
CRUCIAL BLOCK Break for Portugal as Puyol gives the ball away, but Capdevila blocks Danny's pass to Alves in the box.
ADDED TIME Just three minutes for Portugal to find what would be a shock equaliser.
RED CARD! Ricardo Costa's evening, and possibly his World Cup, comes to an undignified end. He flicks out an elbow at Capdevila from a Portugal cross and is promptly shown a red card by referee Baldassi. Replays are inconclusive - the Spaniard definitely makes the most of it but there may have been contact. Either way, he's off.
DANNY SHOT Capdevila throws his body on the line to block a goalbound Danny drive. Heart in mouth time for the Spaniards from a rare Portugal sniff at goal.
SPAIN SUB Pedro replaces his new club mate, and potential match winner, Villa.
LLORENTE CHANCE Llorente guides a chipped Villa cross just past the post. The Athletic Bilbao striker has looked sharp since his introduction.
HIGH AND WIDE Just as I praise his attacking instincts...Coentrao unfathomably elects to shoot from an impossibly tight angle on the left. It's high and wide.
DEFENDING WELL Spain then force Portugal all the way back to their own defenders. They can attack, sure, but Spain are defending pretty well here too.
CLEARED Coentrao, as he has done for the majority of the tournament, gets forward to good effect down the left but Ramos is there to clear.
PASS MASTERS Spain just aren't being pressed enough by Portugal here and there are just eight minutes to go. Del Bosque's boys are masters at keeping possession.
BOOKING Tiago picks up a yellow for a late tackle on Villa. If Portugal turn this around he'll miss the quarter final.
VILLA STRIKE Marvellous hit from David Villa who tests Eduardo's reflexes from 20 yards. The Braga man is equal to the task yet again, denying Villa a fifth goal of the tournament.
BOOKING Xabi Alonso takes out Mendes and, unbelievably, picks up Spain's first yellow card of the 2010 World Cup.
DOUBLE CHANGE Carlos Queiroz uses up his remaining substitutes. Pepe and Simao off, Pedro Mendes and Liedson on. Ronaldo looks to the bench with outstretched arms, questioning what happens now.
RAMOS CHANCE Fantastic break from Spain and Sergio Ramos is oh-so-close to doubling their lead. He hares past Coentrao for the first time tonight, cutting inside and cracking a low one towards the far corner with his left foot. Eduardo's save is unconvincing but he just about smothers wide.
KEEP BALL And now comes the keep-ball. Portugal look shell-shocked but they need to snap out of it or Spain will literally pass them to death.
SPAIN 1-0 PORTUGAL Portugal wilt under the pressure and it may have just cost them their 2010 World Cup campaign. Pretty passing around the Portugal box ends with Xavi back-heeling into the area for DAVID VILLA. His first shot is well blocked by Eduardo but the Barcelona man makes no mistake with the rebound, prodding into the roof of the net.
CURLED WIDE And then Villa curls a beauty past the post from 20 yards. Spain are moving through the gears - big few minutes coming up.
INSTANT CHANGE And the substitute should score with his first touch. He sneaks in unnoticed to get on the end of a pinpoint cross, but somehow nods straight at Eduardo from all of four yards. It's a pretty bad miss actually - he's got to score from there.
CHANGES A change apiece. Hugo Almeida, who missed that glorious first-half chance, is replaced by Danny. For Spain, the hugely disappointing and ineffective Fernando Torres is embarrassingly withdrawn for Fernando Llorente. Is that the end of his World Cup? He hasn't scored during the whole of Spain's campaign, from qualifying onwards.
STRUGGLING Spain are struggling to create any momentum here. Ramos bombs forward but Xavi can't find him with a return pass and the ball rolls to Eduardo. Del Bosque's team needs to up the tempo or they might find themselves behind before long.
JUST WIDE Almeida bursts into the box and cuts inside, clipping a cross towards the gallivanting Ronaldo. It hits Puyol and loops menacingly towards goal, dropping only inches wide. Casillas looked worried.
QUIET START Quiet start to the half here with neither team seemingly approaching the task in hand any differently.
SECOND HALF An intriguing 45 minutes (or more) lies ahead of us in Cape Town. Portugal get the ball rolling again.
HALF TIME The half time scoreline is what most people would have predicted it to be, but it's been far from dull in Cape Town. Spain fluently pressed early on but once Portugal got into their stride they started to test the dithering Casillas. That is of course aside from when they needed to most, from that six-yard Almeida header. Food for thought in the Green Point Stadium.
BEST SPELL Portugal break at lightning-quick pace from a Spain corner and a pass through to the totally unmarked Simao has to be thumped clear by a sprinting Casillas. Tiago then arrives late in the box to flash a header wide from Coentrao's cross. Portugal's best spell of the game by a country mile - they won't want half time.
BIG CHANCE Massive chance - absolutely huge. Meireles turns inside and whips a fabulous cross into the six yard box. Almeida leaps ahead of Capdevila and must score with a free header, but no the Werder Bremen man glances harmlessly wide of the far post. Ronaldo was waiting behind Almeida too. What a waste.
BLOCKED Carvalho blocks Xabi Alonso's powerful drive as another patient Spain attack comes to nothing.
TIGHT It's tight, cagey, and heading for penalties already in Cape Town. After that early wobble Portugal have tightened up their back four and it's making for an increasingly frustrating spectacle.
XAVI SHOT Alonso wins the ball 40 yards out and suddenly Xavi lines up a shot which, although well struck, is never going to trouble Eduardo and finds only the stands.
DODGY KEEPER What's happened to Iker Casillas of late? The 29 year-old with 107 caps to his name looks like a stuttering teenager with an acne problem who's desperately trying to impress some watching schoolgirls. Real's number one can only scoop a 35-yard Ronaldo free kick back into the danger area, but reclaims before any Portugal man gets there first. He's Spain's only weak link tonight so far, Casillas.
GROWING TIRED Ronaldo is popping up all over the shop here, even in deep central midfield, as he grows tired of the lack of service down either flank.
DELECTABLE Delectable stuff from the Spaniards who have Portugal chasing shadows near the left flank. Eventually Xavi releases the trigger, slotting through for the onrushing Villa, but it's a tad too strong. Otherwise the Barcelona man was in.
WASTEFUL More wasteful play from Ronaldo who elects to shoot left-footed, 25 yards out to the left of the box but with his body facing the near corner flag. The shot dribbles miserably wide.
GREAT SHOT Portugal find room in Spain's third for the first time. Tiago duly lets fly from 25 yards with a real crackerjack, which Casillas can only palm into the air. Almeida leaps in but can't get his head on the ball first and Spain survive. Questionable goalkeeping there - Casillas should have tipped the fierce shot over the bar.
SELFISH Simao is set to curl a free kick from the left flank into the danger area, before captain Ronaldo calls rank and shoes the Atletico man aside. Real's record - and world - signing then bounces a very tame shot into Casillas's arms from all of 40 yards. Selfish, and a real waste of a set piece.
SITTING BACK Well it's clear what Portugal's intentions are - sit back and hit Spain on the break. Nothing wrong with that, but it makes the first goal absolutely vital.
SLACK DEFENDING Spain almost catch Portugal out with a quick corner - Xavi passes low to Torres, 15 yards out to the right of goal, and the Liverpool hitman isn't too far over the bar with his shot on the turn.
POSSESSION Vuvuzelas blaze out in synchrony as Spain casually spray the ball around halfway.
IMPROVEMENT Tiago sets Costa chasing the ball to the right byline, but his cutback is weak and collected by Casillas. Still, this is better from Carlos Queiroz's boys, who have woken from their slumber.
BLOCKED Two corners for Portugal who press Spain for the first time. The second is cleared to Simao whose long ranger is blocked by the wall of red shirts in the box.
RETHINK? Switzerland have set the template for Portugal to follow with their defensive masterclass in the group stages, but to me Spain look a far better side tonight. For the third time in the opening seven minutes Villa gets in down the left, cutting inside Costa and drilling a low shot from a tight angle straight at Eduardo. Ominous signs for the Portuguese, who may have to rethink their defensive strategy.
WHOOPS Ronaldo uncharacteristically lets a pass drop straight out of play. Portugal are still in the dressing room.
PRESSING They're really pressing the issue in the opening stages, Spain. Villa wins a corner - again down the left flank - but Eduardo does well to claim with ease.
TARGETING COSTA Spain are targeting Portugal's right flank and Ricardo Costa in particular. Villa shoots from wide left now, forcing Eduardo into another diving save, although this effort is tamer than that of Torres.
EARLY SHOT Just inside a minute and Fernando Torres nearly scores his first goal of the tournament, cutting in from the left and curling one to the far post, where the acrobatic Eduardo sticks a hand out to flick away from goal. Great start from the Spaniards.
KICK OFF Spain get the ball rolling on what could be a slippery Green Point surface.
NICE MOVE Good movement from Spain who work the ball to Torres out wide - his cross skims over Ramos's head.
REFEREE Argentine ref Hector Baldassi takes charge tonight. The 44-year-old is taking part in his first World Cup and has been fairly consistent in his three games so far.
ANTHEMS Stoic faces from the Spanish for their anthem, The Royal March, before Portugal belt out The Portuguese Hymn with vim and vigour. Small talk over, it's time to get down to business.
TEAMS OUT Captains for the night, and also club team mates, Iker Casillas and Cristiano Ronaldo lead their sides out. It's wet and windy in Cape Town.
ONES TO WATCH Ronaldo has yet to showcase the peak of his powers at the tournament, but he's by far and away Portugal's most thrilling player. Porto's Raul Meireles has looked pretty tasty, although it's Portugal's back four which has been the key to their success so far. They will be tested in the extreme tonight by what is arguably the most clinical attack in world football…David Villa and Fernando Torres. Spain's XI is packed full of ridiculously talented players and it would take a brave, or stupid, man to bet against them winning tonight despite Portugal's numerous qualities.
PREDICTION Portugal probably need to score first to have a hope of winning, making the opening 20 minutes or so absolutely crucial for them. It's hard to see past Spain and their superstar strikeforce of Torres and Villa, with Xavi and Iniesta pulling the strings. Spain 2-1 Portugal.
TOURNAMENT SO FAR After a rocky start (0-1 v Switzerland) Spain are slowly starting to come to the boil, having shown steady improvement in the other two games (2-0 v Honduras, 2-1 v Chile) to finish top of Group H. Portugal laboured to a frustratingly dull 0-0 draw against the Ivory Coast in their opening game before ruthlessly hammering minnows North Korea 7-0 to all-but guarantee their last 16 spot, which was confirmed with a resolute 0-0 draw against Brazil.
EARLY TEAM NEWS Defender Raul Albiol (ankle) is out for Spain but Vicente del Bosque's main worry is regarding Xabi Alonso, a major doubt with an ankle knock. For Portugal, Danny (hip) is likely to miss out but Deco could start after recovering from a hip injury.
PREVIEW The final last 16 tie to be played in the 2010 World Cup is, on paper, arguably the pick of the 56 fixtures the tournament has drawn up so far. Spain, 2008 European Champions, second best team in the world according to the latest FIFA rankings and regarded as many people's favourites to win the World Cup, take on Portugal - third in the rankings with a wealth of world class talent at their disposal, not least the most expensive player in the history of football; Cristiano Ronaldo. Chuck in the fact they're neighbours and we've got a potential classic on our hands in Cape Town.