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Tuesday, June 29, 2010 (All times Eastern)

Spain (2-1-0) vs. Portugal (1-0-2), 2:30 p.m.

Cape Town, South Africa (Sports Network) - Portugal escaped the group stage of the FIFA World Cup without allowing a goal, including a 0-0 tie against Brazil in the final match of the round.

Portugal was rewarded with a round of 16 match against Spain, which will offer another huge test for goalkeeper Eduardo and the Portuguese defense on Tuesday at Green Point Stadium.

Third-ranked Portugal has allowed only three goals in its last 19 matches, but they face elimination against second-ranked Spain, which features one of the most dynamic offenses in the world.

"We've only conceded three goals in our last 19 games and that's a record that means a lot to me and the team," Eduardo said. "We defend as a unit and we work hard for each other."

Although Portugal can feel good about its shutouts of Ivory Coast and Brazil, it failed to score in those matches as well. Portugal did score seven goals against North Korea, but it won't find such a weak opponent at this point.

However, Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo believes the team is capable of another run. Portugal advanced to the semifinals four years ago and finished fourth.

"We feel we have a chance and we are very confident going into the rest of the tournament," Ronaldo said.

Spain rebounded from an opening-game defeat to Switzerland with victories over Honduras and Chile, and with a "weight off our shoulders," according to David Villa, is back on track to capture its first World Cup title.

The Spaniards avoided a round of 16 game against Brazil by winning Group H, but "what mattered was winning and qualifying," boss Vincente del Bosque admitted.

Now Spain, which captured Euro 2008 and entered the World Cup as a co-favorite along with Brazil, enters the knockout stage full of confidence.

"Football has been a bit unfair on us given the way we play," Villa said, "but you gain strength from adversity."

Spain has essentially played two knockout matches already after its 1-0 defeat to the Swiss, so it should be easy for the team to carry a do-or-die attitude in the official knockout stage.

Portugal and Spain have never advanced to the World Cup final, and one of the two sides will have to wait another four years after their clash on Tuesday.

06/28 13:27:47 ET

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