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Spain too good for the United States

Published: Sunday 5 June 2011, 0.59CET
United States 0-4 Spain
Two first-half goals from Santi Cazorla and another from Álvaro Negredo put Spain in control before Fernando Torres completed the friendly win.
by Roberto Hernández
Spain too good for the United States
Santi Cazorla scored twice in Spain's 4-0 victory against the United States ©AFP
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Published: Sunday 5 June 2011, 0.59CET

Spain too good for the United States

United States 0-4 Spain
Two first-half goals from Santi Cazorla and another from Álvaro Negredo put Spain in control before Fernando Torres completed the friendly win.

USA 0-4 Spain
Reigning world and European champions Spain secured a comfortable friendly victory against the United States thanks to a Santi Cazorla double and goals from Álvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres.

Vicente del Bosque's men – who lead UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying Group I with a perfect record – controlled the game in Foxborough, Massachusetts with the home side limited to very few chances. In the process they avenged their semi-final loss to the US at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

After an intriguing opening, Spain took the lead when Cazorla turned Xabi Alonso's cross past Tim Howard from 13 metres. Alonso was also the architect of Spain's second, his glorious pass finding Negredo who raced clear of the American defence before holding his nerve to double the visitors' lead.

Del Bosque's charges extended their advantage shortly before the break, David Silva this time supplying Cazorla for his second of the match. Torres completed the scoring in the second half with a neat finish that went in off the post.

Spain visit Venezuela on Tuesday and Italy on 10 August for further friendlies before returning to UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying action against Liechtenstein on 6 September, when they may be able to clinch a place in the finals.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.34CET

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Lineups

USA

USA

Spain

Spain

HowardTim Howard (GK)
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
Substitution76
LichajEric Lichaj
RamosSergio Ramos
Substitution65
SpectorJonathan Spector
AlbiolRaúl Albiol
ReamTim Ream
PiquéGerard Piqué
OnyewuOguchi Onyewu
Substitution46
ArbeloaÁlvaro Arbeloa
RogersRobbie Rogers
Substitution46
Xabi AlonsoXabi Alonso
KljestanSacha Kljestan
SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution65
JonesJermaine Jones
Substitution46
Santi CazorlaSanti Cazorla
Goal28
Goal41
EduMaurice Edu
Substitution46
BusquetsSergio Busquets
Substitution46
AltidoreJozy Altidore
Substitution46
NegredoÁlvaro Negredo
Goal32
Substitution46
AgudeloJuan Agudelo
Substitution65
VillaDavid Villa
Substitution46

Substitutes

GoodsonClarence Goodson
Substitution46
CasillasIker Casillas (GK)
Substitution76
CherundoloSteven Cherundolo
Substitution46
CapdevilaJoan Capdevila
Substitution65
BradleyMichael Bradley
Substitution46
Borja ValeroBorja Valero
Substitution65
DempseyClint Dempsey
Substitution46
Bruno SorianoBruno Soriano
Substitution46
BedoyaAlejandro Bedoya
Substitution65
IniestaAndrés Iniesta
Substitution46
WondolowskiChris Wondolowski
Substitution46
TorresFernando Torres
Substitution46
Goal73

Coach

Bob Bradley (USA) Vicente del Bosque (ESP)

Referee

Roberto Carlos Silvera Calcerrada (URU)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
 
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