Depleted Spain overcome USA
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Spain staged a remarkable recovery to come back from a man and a goal down to defeat USA 2-1 in Kano. The match couldn't have commenced in a more harrowing fashion for the Spaniards, who were at a numerical disadvantage inside two minutes, and behind on the scoreboard within four minutes. Sergi Gomez suffered the ignominy of a red card following a last-man foul on USA striker Jack McInerney.

Two minutes later the Americans took the lead with McInerney opening the scoring with a header following a mistake from Spanish goalkeeper Edgar. To Europeans' credit they soon found their feet and duly equalised on 22 minutes with Pablo Sarabia's cross met by Borja.

The same two players combined for what proved the winning goal eight minutes later. This time it was Borja crossing from the right with Sarabia unleashing an unstoppable left-footer.

Spain, disadvantaged numerically, conceded field possesion, but the Americans struggled to break down the compact defence. The best opening came 16 minutes from time through Victor Chavez, but he was unable to beat Edgar with a one-on-one opportunity. Spain, though, weren't without their chances and Kevin nearly extended the lead only to strike the woodwork after a corner kick.

Spain will now face Asian champions United Arab Emirates in their next outing in a battle between two opening-match victors. USA take on Malawi with both teams desperate to open their account.