Torres, Iniesta on target as Spain tops Bolivia in World Cup tune-up
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) - Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta were on target as Spain dominated Bolivia for a 2-0 win Friday in the first of two international friendlies ahead of its World Cup defense in Brazil.
Torres calmly stroked a 51st-minute spot kick down the middle past the diving Romel Quinonez to convert a penalty earned by Javi Martinez. Spain controlled play at Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, but found it hard to convert against a well-organized Bolivian team before Iniesta curled around Quinonez in the 84th minute to seal victory.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque employed an experimental team, trying out different combinations with key Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid players still missing following the Champions League final last week.
Despite the goal, Torres made little impact up front and failed to soothe Spain's attacking worries with Diego Costa's status uncertain because of thigh muscle injury. But the Chelsea striker looks certain to be in Brazil after stepping up to score his 37th goal for Spain in his first national team appearance since the Confederations Cup final loss to Brazil last July.
"I have a lot of confidence in Fernando Torres," Del Bosque said. "We're happy with his work."
While Juan Mata and Pedro Rodriguez managed scoring opportunities, it wasn't until the second-half entrances of Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and David Silva that Spain looked more capable of scoring, with Cesc Fabregas coming on to reprise his role as an unorthodox striker.
"We had an encouraging week of training and today was a positive day," said Iniesta, who fooled Quinonez with a shot the Bolivian goalie thought was set to land outside the far post.
Del Bosque said midfielder Ander Iturraspe and defender Alberto Moreno would not be in Brazil despite playing on Friday. Spain, which opens Group B against the Netherlands on June 13, travels to the United States on Sunday ahead of its June 7 friendly against El Salvador in WashingtonSpain also plays Chile and Australia in Brazil.
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