Catalonia defeats Cape Verde 4-1 in friendly

Sergio Garcia played a crucial role in Catalonia's 4-1 victory over Cape Verde in their friendly.

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Sergio Garcia scored twice and set up another goal to help Catalonia come from behind to beat Cape Verde 4-1 in a friendly on Monday.

Cape Verde forward Jorge Djaniny opened the scoring at the Olympic Stadium in the 10th minute.

But Garcia leveled in the 16th and two minutes later the Espanyol forward tapped in Bojan Krkic's pass to give Catalonia the lead.

Seconds later Garcia returned the favor by picking out Bojan with a lobbed pass to make it 3-1. Osasuna's Oriol Riera scored via the post in the 64th.

Catalonia was represented by players from Barcelona and others first-division teams in the Spanish league.

Catalonia and other regions of Spain like the Basque Country play friendlies but do not compete in official international competitions.

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