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Torres, Iniesta on target as World Cup champion Spain dominates Bolivia for 2-0 friendly win

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SEVILLE, Spain - Fernando Torres and Andres Iniesta were on target as Spain dominated Bolivia for a 2-0 win Friday in the first of two international friendlies ahead of its World Cup defence in Brazil.

Torres calmly stroked a 51st-minute spot kick down the middle with goalkeeper Romel Quinonez diving right to convert a penalty earned by Javi Martinez.

Spain controlled play at the Sanchez Pizjuan but found it hard to convert against a well-organized Bolivian team before Iniesta charged forward to curl around Quinonez in the 84th to seal victory.

Vicente del Bosque employed an experimental team, trying out different combinations with key Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid players still missing following the Champions League final last week.

The Spain coach will announce his 23-man squad for next month's tournament on Saturday.

Despite the goal, Torres made little impact up front and failed to soothe Spain's attacking worries with Diego Costa's status uncertain because of thigh muscle injury.

While Juan Mata and Pedro Rodriguez managed scoring opportunities, it wasn't until the second-half entrances of Iniesta, Sergio Busquets and David Silva that Spain looked more capable of scoring, with Cesc Fabregas coming on to reprise his role as an unorthodox striker.

"We had an encouraging week of training and today was a positive day," Iniesta said.

Spain, which opens Group B against the Netherlands on June 13, travels to the United States on Sunday ahead of its June 7 friendly against El Salvador in Washington. Spain also plays Chile and Australia in Brazil.

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