Spain 2-1 Uruguay: Match report
- 17 June 2013 00:54
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Jesus Navas and David Silva’s Spain got off and running in style at Confederations Cup 2013.
Showing no evidence that their powers are on the wane, the World Cup holders tore apart South American champions Uruguay with a mesmerising performance in Recife.
A Diego Lugano own goal and a strike from Valencia striker Roberto Soldado in the first-half did the damage on a night where the City duo were kept in reserve for the 2-1 win.
The Euro 2012 winners deservedly took the lead on 19 minutes courtesy of a Lugano own goal after Pedro’s volley was deflected past Fernando Muslera in the Uruguay goal.
La Roja doubled their lead after 31 minutes when Soldado beat the offside trap and lashed into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area after an intricate through ball from Cesc Fabregas.
Vincente Del Bosque’s men engaged their boa-constrictor act for long stretches of the second half, taking a stranglehold of possession against a wearying Uruguay but created precious few chances to notch a game-clinching third.
Iker Casillas barely had a save to make all night but was picking the ball out of his net three minutes from time when Luis Suarez halved the deficit against the run of play with a majestic free-kick.
The Confederations Cup is the one trophy missing from this all-conquering Spain generation’s collection after their surprise semi-final exit at the hands of USA in 2009 but they’re clearly in the mood to address this, surviving the late scare with ease.
Elsewhere, hosts Brazil got the tournament under way in Brasilia on Saturday night thanks to a convincing 3-0 victory over Japan, with ex-City striker Jo scoring the final goal in injury time.
In Sunday’s early game, another former Blue Mario Balotelli got in on the Confederations Cup scoring act, netting the winner for Italy in their 2-1 win over Mexico at Rio’s Maracana.
In other international news, Yaya Toure scored a stunning 25-yard free-kick in Ivory Coast’s 4-2 World Cup qualifying win over Tanzania.
The 30-year old scored another from the penalty spot to confirm the Elephants’ place in the African World Cup qualifying play-offs with a game to spare.
Spain are next in Confederations Cup action on Thursday when they play their second group match against Taihiti in Rio where City’s duo are expected to start.
We’ll let you know how David and Jesus get on here on the official site.