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CAZORLA-SPAINMALABO, November 17 – Spain edged Equatorial Guinea 2-1 in a friendly international on Saturday as the world and European champions fielded a new-look team on their short African visit.

Arsenal’s Santi Cazorla, in the 13th minute, and Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran Torres, three minutes before half-time, were on target for Vicente Del Bosque’s team.

Colombian player Jimmy Bermudez, who since May has played for the African team, grabbed a 36th minute consolation in a game which the Spanish were urged to cancel after Equatorial Guinea had been accused of abusing human rights.

Spain suffered a setback when Xabi Alonso, playing for the national side for the first time since March after suffering a series of injuries, limped off the pitch just before the interval.

With twelve players in their squad born in Spain and with a Spanish coach in Andoni Goikoetxea, Equatorial Guinea gave a good account of themselves.

Spain will now face South Africa in Johannesburg on Tuesday at the Soccer City arena where they were crowned world champions in 2010.

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