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Spain start well against Uruguay

Published: Monday 17 June 2013, 7.00CET
Spain 2-1 Uruguay
Pedro Rodríguez and Roberto Soldado struck for Spain in the first half and that proved enough despite a late Luis Suárez goal.
Spain start well against Uruguay
Roberto Soldado (left) celebrates putting Spain 2-0 up with Jordi Alba ©AFP

Published: Monday 17 June 2013, 7.00CET

Spain start well against Uruguay

Spain 2-1 Uruguay
Pedro Rodríguez and Roberto Soldado struck for Spain in the first half and that proved enough despite a late Luis Suárez goal.

Spain's bid to add the FIFA Confederations Cup to their FIFA World Cup and UEFA European Championship titles got off to a good start with victory against Uruguay in Recife.

Having suffered a semi-final loss to the United States four years ago in South Africa, Spain were keen to prove themselves in Brazil this time and already are well positioned in Group B. Within 32 minutes, Pedro Rodríguez and Roberto Soldado had put Vicente del Bosque's men in control against the South American champions – and they held on for the points despite a late Luis Suárez goal.

Amid a dominant opening by Spain, it was no surprise when Pedro connected with a partially cleared Xavi Hernández corner, his shot deflecting in off Uruguay captain Diego Lugano on 20 minutes. Shortly afterwards a clever Cesc Fàbregas through ball came to Soldado who calmly finished.

In the second half Spain remained on top but could not add to their tally, meaning a nervous last two minutes after Liverpool FC striker Suárez beat Iker Casillas, who was otherwise untroubled. Spain's Thursday opponents in Rio de Janeiro, Tahiti, begin against Nigeria on Monday.

Last updated: 17/06/13 14.04CET

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