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World Champions Defeat Equatorial Guinea

First-half goals by Santi Cazorla and Juanfran ensured Spain kept their impressive record intact by defeating Equatorial Guinea 2-1 in an international friendly on Saturday evening.

The European and World Champions needed just 13 minutes to get onto the scoresheet, before Jimmy Bermudez cancelled out the deficit just ten minutes before the break.

The tie was eventually clinched on the brink of the half-time whistle when Jaunfran latched on a goalkeeper error.

To say the fixture was a mismatch would be an understatement as 118 places separated the two outfits in the FIFA World rankings, making the encounter even more daunting for Equatorial Guinea.

And to no surprise it was Vincent del Bosque’s men who were bossing the early stages of the game and Jesus Navas offered the first threat at goal with a lob from range which forced Danilo to tip it over his crossbar.

Spain needed just 13 minutes for them to take the lead through Santi Cazorla. Danilo was to blame for goal when he dropped Juan Mata’s lob at the feet of the Arsenal man, who tucked it into the back of the net.

Navas came close to making it 2-0 for the world champions when he latched onto Alvaro Negredo’s pass only to direct it off target in the 27th minute, while Ivan Bolado’s deflected shot went over the bar.

Surprisingly, the hosts managed to pull a goal back, just ten minutes before the break, when Jimmy Bermudez headed home from a resulting corner to make it 1-1.

The Juria Roja didn’t need long to restore the order when Juanfran blasted home a rebounded save by Danilo in the 42nd minute, before an injury to Xabi Alonso saw Sergio Busquets come on in his place.

Fernando Llorente, who was brought on as a sub at the restart, could have extended the scoreline to 3-1 if only his shot didn’t fall into the hands of Danilo.

The Juventus striker had the ball in the back of the net five minutes later, but his tap-in was wrongly disallowed for offside.

The wave of changes left both teams looking a bit disjointed in their play as Spain claimed a 2-1 win over the Africans.

Spain will be up against South Africa on Tuesday evening at the FNB Stadium for their final friendly.

Mpumalanga Black Aces' Brazilian-born defender Eduardo Ferreira made a surprise debut for Equatorial Guinea as a second-half substitute.

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