• France

    0

    Jamaica

    0

  • FT

    Spain

    2

    Haiti

    1

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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'

Changed Spain grab warm-up win

Cesc Fabregas doubles Spain's advantage against Haiti

World and European champions Spain started their Confederations Cup preparations with a 2-1 win over Haiti in Miami.

In a friendly staged to not only ready Spain for their upcoming travails but also raise money for Haiti after the earthquakes which hit the country in 2010, Santi Cazorla and Cesc Fabregas scored first-half goals at the Sun Life Stadium.

Haiti, ranked 62 places behind Spain, showed credible resolve, though, and grabbed a second-half goal through Wilde Guerrier.

They were unable to get an equaliser which ensured Spain got the win they deserved, although coach Vincente Del Bosque will look for his men to be more clinical when they face the Republic of Ireland in a final warm-up game on Tuesday.

They hit the post twice and passed up numerous other chances - something they would do well to escape from when they face Uruguay in their Confederations opener next weekend.

But it was a victory and with so many games played in the previous year, and so many important ones ahead, many could have been forgiven for expecting Spain to treat this game as the friendly it was billed as.

Any such thoughts were dispelled early on, though, as Fernando Torres went close after six minutes and Cazorla went one better less than 100 seconds later.

The Arsenal man took in a ball from Juan Mata and crisply finished from the edge of the box to give his side the lead.

Javi Martinez whistled a shot wide as Spain chased a second, and that came soon enough as Fabregas stooped to nod in a Mata cross.

The continued brilliance of Mata was one of the highlights of the English season and the Chelsea man then set about looking to score himself, dragging an effort just wide.

The traffic remained one-way as soon-to-be Manchester City winger Jesus Navas was twice denied by Frandy Montrevil in the Haiti goal, and although Spain made half-time changes, the arrivals of Pepe Reina, Gerard Pique and David Silva gave little nod to Haiti getting a breather.

That stood true as Montrevil had to deny Fabregas with his feet, before a rare Haiti attack ended with Jean Sony hitting wide.

Roberto Soldado then went close at the other end, the Valencia man skimming a shot narrowly away from the goal before cracking a post with another attempt.

Cazorla whipped in a free-kick which Montrevil dealt with and then, with 15 minutes left, Guerrier earned himself a place in Haiti folklore as he stabbed home a loose ball to get his side on the scoresheet.

Soldado hit the post again as Spain looked to restore some room for manoeuvre, while Silva did his best to make the game safe with a low drive, but two goals were ultimately enough as time elapsed.

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Scoring Summary

  • Spain
  • Haiti

Match Stats

  • Spain
  • Haiti
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
3 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Spain
  • Haiti
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