Spain Too Strong For Bolivia

European and world champions Spain defeated Bolivia 2-0 in an international friendly on Friday in Seville.  This was a warm up match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  Fernando Torres saw his first touch on the ball, starting his first game in over a year for the national team.

La Furia Roja had trouble in breaking down Bolivia’s back line in the opening stages which frustrated the Spaniards.  La Verde managed to steer the Spanish clear from the goal post in the first 20 minutes.  Xavi took a shot but it went over the bar.

Torres continued to fluff chances.  The Chelsea striker was on the ball yet again when he chased a loose ball, but he couldn’t pick out Santi Cazorla, who later took a shoot from outside the box but his attempt was blocked.  Alejandro Chumacero got himself the first yellow card of the game.

At the end of the first half both teams headed off to the locker goalless.  Five minutes into the second half Spain was awarded a penalty.  Torres made the most of the spot kick opportunity and the hosts were in front.  Vicente Del Bosque’s side enjoyed the ball possessions, as they typically do, but could not convert any chances.

The second goal of the night came in the 84th minute courtesy of Andres Iniesta, who also scored the winning goal in the 2010 FIFA World Cup final.  Spain are in Group B at the Brazil World Cup with the Netherlands, Chile and Australia.