Spain defeats Nigeria 3-0 to reach semifinals

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Spain's Fernando Torres, right, is congratulated by Pedro Rodriguez after scoring his side's 2nd goal during the soccer Confederations Cup group B match between Nigeria and Spain at the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) — 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.