The Spanish national soccer team crushed Nigeria 3-0 on Sunday before about 44,000 onlookers in the Castelao stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil, thus moving to the head of Group B and ensuring that it will go up against Group A's No. 2 team - Italy - in the Confederations Cup semifinals.

Jordi Alba, the leftie winger from Barcelona, opened the scoring in the 3rd minute and put the unneeded icing on the already-tasty cake in the 88th with another tally, while Fernando Torres, the Chelsea striker, notched another goal in the 62nd minute just after replacing Roberto Soldado, all on a day with the temperature at 30 C (86 F) and heavy humidity, giving Vicente del Bosque's squad their third victory of the competition so far.

Spain won its most recent Eurocup last year by beating Italy in Kiev 4-0 in the final, and Tuesday's semifinal game will be a much anticipated rematch. EFE