Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas and Arsenal winger Santi Cazorla each scored a goal to give World Cup holders Spain a 2-1 victory over Haiti in their international friendly in Miami on Saturday.
Cazorla, a midfielder earning his 53rd cap, blasted a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area in the eighth minute to put Spain ahead to stay and Fabregas followed with a header in the 19th minute.
The match also marked the return of Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas after not having played a competitive match for almost five months. Casillas wore the captain’s armband in his 114th appearance before leaving at halftime.
The 32-year-old Real Madrid goalkeeper suffered a hand injury in January that kept him out for two months and then failed to recover his place in the side for the rest of the season as Jose Mourinho stuck with Diego Lopez in his place.
Wilde-Donald Guerrier netted a spectacular goal for Haiti in the 75th minute, faking a left-footed shot to freeze a line of defenders, then dribbling past them for a solo charge at second-half Spain goalkeeper Pepe Reina.
Guerrier pulled the ball left to evade Reina and he left-footed a sharp-angled shot into the far side of the open net.
Hot temperatures helped prepare Spain for conditions in South America for the upcoming FIFA Confederations Cup, although they helped keep the crowd to 36,535, about half the capacity of the home of the NFL’s Miami Dolphins.
In addition to preparing Haiti for next month’s North American Gold Cup, the match was a charity benefit for Haitian relief efforts as the nation continues to rebuild from a 2010 earthquake that killed about 250,000 people.
Haiti, who suffered their fifth loss in a row, face Italy in Brazil tomorrow, the same day that Spain meet the Republic of Ireland in New York.