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Spain edges Haiti in friendly to complete first half of USA tour

Jun 8, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

Spain's Fabregas celebrates a first half goal against Haiti with teammate Mata during an exhibition soccer match in Miami Gardens Reuters

World number-one Spain took a 2-goal lead early through Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla and didn’t look back to beat Haiti 2-1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami.

It was a stroll in the park for the Spaniards, who eased up after they took their early lead, seeing out the rest of the match with relative ease.

Dominating possession early, Cazorla struck first in the 8th minute, striking from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner.

Still in control, Spain struck again in the 19th minute when Juan Mata chipped brilliantly over the Haiti back line and Fabregas connected with a header for the 2-0 lead.

In between the two scores, Fernando Torres attempted to wow the Miami crowd with an bicycle kick but it went wide.

Haiti grabbed their only score in the 75th minute when Spain failed an offsides trap, leaving Donald Guerrier one-on-one, and he converted as Pepe Reina attempted to close him down at a tight angle.

Spain will play Ireland on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in New York as they finish out their preparations for the Confederations Cup in Brazil.

Haiti, meanwhile, have lost 5 international matches in a row as they get ready for the Gold Cup.

  1. footballer4ever - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    This football preparatory match for Spain brought to Miami was a weird one against, no offense intended, against Haiti. It had the promise to give a percentage to help out Haiti, but i put into question why it was done this late.

  2. footballer4ever - Jun 9, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    This football preparatory match for Spain brought to Miami was a weird one against, no offense intended, Haiti. The march has the promise to give $1 for each 36,535 tickets to help build the 12,000 seat stadium, but I wonder how many million$ Spain is profiting from the promoters to come play at Sunlife Stadium in South Florida. I am glad for the Haitian community and their national team to hve the chance to play the World Champions, but i am skeptical if it would have been better for Spain to have played another high profile team like a Brazil and instead of 36,535 fans then maybe 75,000 would have attended and 500,000 could have been easily be donated towards that dream Haitian National football stadium. I find football promoters in Miami worry more about nationalities to appease to vs appeasing the not easily fooled or bribed knowlegeable world football fans residing in South Florida.

  3. footballer4ever - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

    Just found out Spain earns $2.5 million to play the frienly matches held in the Americas. I was tempted to go to this uneven match, but i am saving my money for the Gold Cup in July and the GICC in August.

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