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Spain Too Good For Bolivia

Spain cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Bolivia in their international friendly at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuan on Friday.

Manchester United play-maker Juan Mata had the first shot of the game when he created space on the edge of box but the Bolivian defence reacted quickly to block his fourth minute attempt.

Bolivia then had a spell of possession without being able to penetrate the Spanish defence and create any clear-cut opportunities.

Azpilicueta then had the best chance of the game on the half-hour mark as the Chelsea defender let fly from the edge of the box, but luckily for Bolivia the shot crashed off the near-post and out for a goal-kick.

Mata then came close 10 minutes later as he curled his free-kick around the wall but Quinonez was on hand to make a fine fingertip save to keep the game level at 0-0 going into the half-time interval.

The current World Cup champions then finally found a way through the Bolivian defence as Javi Martinez went down under a challenge from Luis Gutierrez in the 50th minute.

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres stepped up and calmly chipped the ball down the middle to give Spain a narrow lead with just five minutes played in the second-period.

Cesc Fabregas almost doubled the home side’s lead with his first touch after being brought off the substitutes bench after linking well with David Silva, but Bolivia’s Arce did well to put in a last ditch tackle in the 63rd minute to deny the Barcelona midfielder .

Andres Iniesta then made sure of the result when he doubled Spain’s lead in the final five minutes of play with a low drive into the bottom corner to make it 2-0 and cap off a comfortable win.


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