• France

    0

    Jamaica

    0

  • FT

    Spain

    2

    Haiti

    1

INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY

Sun Life Stadium

Referee: Juan Guzman | Attendance: 8000

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Spain

  • Santi Cazorla 8'
  • Cesc Fábregas 19'

2 - 1

FT

Haiti

  • Wilde Guerrier 75'

Spain v Haiti: Preview

It may seem an epic mis-match on paper but Spain midfielder David Silva is not viewing their friendly with Haiti as a meaningless exercise.

Reigning world and European champions Spain begin their preparations for this summer's Confederations Cup with their first-ever meeting with Haiti tomorrow in Miami.

The friendly pits the world's top-rated team against a nation who are 63rd in the rankings and who have only once made the World Cup finals - back in 1974 - but while Spain are overwhelming favourites to win comfortably, Silva still feels the match will offer his side some useful insights for future battles.

``Haiti have some very fast players, we've been watching videos of them in which they get back behind the ball very well and then come out quickly on the counter-attack, and this will be good practice for when teams shut up shop against us,'' said the Manchester City playmaker.

``It's very good for us to play against these types of sides. It will be a good test.''

It remains to be seen what formation Spain coach Vicente del Bosque will opt to employ in the match, and whether he uses any of the three centre-forwards in his squad - Fernando Torres, Roberto Soldado and David Villa - to lead the line from the outset.

However, as Silva points out, Spain have been pretty successful both playing with a traditional number nine and without.

He said: ``Every game is a different story, you need to adapt because every time one thing can work better than the other. In the European Championship final against Italy we played without a number nine and we scored four goals.

``The question is converting the chances we get with a set number nine or without one, both styles are going well for us.''

After this weekend's game, Spain travel to New York for Tuesday's friendly against the Republic of Ireland before then heading to Brazil for the Confederations Cup, where they face Uruguay in their opening match on June 16.

Haiti are also using tomorrow's match to help with their preparations as they are taking part in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in July. The Caribbean nation have lost all four of their friendlies in 2013

The friendly at Miami's Sun Life Stadium will also raise money for the Phoenix Project, which was set up to help Haitian redevelopment after the 2010 earthquake.

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