Goals from Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta helped Spain warm up for their defence of the FIFA World Cup™ trophy with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bolivia in Seville. In two weeks' time the reigning world champions must once again butt heads with the Netherlands - the nation they famously defeated in extra-time in Johannesburg four years ago.
Time is therefore running out for several peripheral players to prove themselves worthy of a seat on the plane to Brazil. To that end coach Vicente del Bosque made seven substitutes during the second half and, after the outgoing Torres notched the opener from the penalty spot, substitute Iniesta contributed a clever side-footed finish in the 84th minute of play at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
And while Bolivia rarely left their own half, goalkeeper Romel Quinonez kept the scoreline respectable. Spain soon teased out an opening in the Bolivian back-line and after Pedro had forced a desperate parry from Quinonez, Juan Mata tested the keeper with shot from the left.
Four minutes before the break they came closest to opening the scoring, yet Juan Mata would watch Quinonez tip his curling effort over the bar after Xavi's free-kick had caught Bolivia on the hop.
After toiling fruitlessly in front of goal in the first half, Spain were handed an opportunity to break the deadlock shortly after the restart. Luis Alberto Gutierrez fouled Martinez in the box and Torres coolly struck his penalty straight down the middle of the goal.
Just when it seemed that the last bubbles of fizz had gone out of the game, Iniesta made it 2-0 with a goal of real quality. Seizing on Busquets' long ball forward from the Spain half, the man who scored the 116th-minute winner against the Dutch at Soccer City took aim and curled the ball into the bottom right corner.
Switzerland beat Jamaica
A late goal from substitute Josip Drmic helped Switzerland record a 1-0 international friendly victory over Jamaica in Lucerne. The Reggae Boyz looked set to earn a well-deserved draw until the Bayer Leverkusen striker slotted home with the outside of his right foot six minutes from time to seal the win for Ottmar Hitzfeld's side.
The stylish finish allowed Drmic to make amends, for earlier in the second half he directed his shot over the crossbar with the goal at his mercy from three yards out.