SPAIN defeated BOLIVIA 2 - 0 in their International Friendly played this Friday night in the Spanish city of Seville. The Spanish Football National Team, without the Real Madrid & Atletico de Madrid Internationals, used the occasion to begin their particular build-up towards the upcoming FIFA World Cup Tournament in Brazil were they arrive as defending World Champions. Bolivia was a good "sparring" partner as they played a fairly good match considering they have not had an International game for the last 6 months. 

Spain gave their squad a run changing around players from the first half to the second half, with two Spanish Players gaining their debut "International Cap", Athletic Club midfielder Iturrespe & FC Barcelona youngster Deulofeu.

The match in itself was more than just a "simple run" for some Spanish Internationals as Coach Del Bosque will hand in his final list of 23 players tomorrow. Tonight served players like Torres, Pedro, Cazorla etc. to remind the Selector that they are keen & serious candidates. Either way, there will be disappointment tomorrow with the final World Cup list as some important names will be dropped & we will be surprised.


Tonight's match also served to show what Spain will face in the upcoming World Cup. Bolivia played the first half as the future opponents of the World Champions will be practising, defending in block with most of their men awaiting for counter-attacking opportunities. Spain played & showed their habitual & now famous method of touch Football but as we have also seen in the past, crushed into the defensive wall of their opponents without much goal chances.

The second half saw Spain make some changes with Silva, Cesc Fabregas & Andres Iniesta coming on which gave more creativity, fresher legs & created more goal opportunities. The first goal of the match came in the 51st min when Fernando Torres converted a penalty. The  second was a magnificent shot from outside the box from Andres Iniesta in the 84th min. Could have been more but Busquets hit the post.

A relatively comfortable win for Spain which will serve to "grease up the engine" as they soon fly to the USA for another International Friendly warm-up before flying to Brazil to meet Holland in their first official Group match of the World Cup. 

Stay tuned the final list of 23 players - with inclusion of Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid Internationals - to be handed in mid-day. 

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