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Spain See Off Ecuador

World and European champions Spain saw off Ecuador 2-0 in a friendly in Guayaquil on Wednesday.

La Roja, minus the services of Xavi, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres and Gerard Pique, prevailed via strikes either side of the break from Alvaro Negredo and Santi Cazorla.

Vicente del Bosque's men started well, as Manchester City attacker David Silva struck the bar barely three minutes in.

His new club teammate Negro volleyed over shortly after, before players and fans stopped during the 11th minute to pay their respects to Christian Benitez. The Ecuadorian striker, who wore the number 11 jersey, died of heart failure at the age of 27 last month.

After the resumption, Andres Iniesta rattled the post with a 20-yard strike before Negredo scored the opener with an outrageous flick in the 25th minute.

At the other end, Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas did well to foil Segundo Castillo's long range effort before the break.

The hosts nearly drew level just past the hour-mark, but Enner Valencia's header was denied by the crossbar.

Spain, however, doubled their lead when Cazorla fired the ball past Maximo Banguera after benefitting from Cristian Tello's neat flick.

Ecuador had some half-chances in the closing stages but were ultimately unable to breach the Spain defence.

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