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Torres Breaks Drought as Spain Wins Euro Tuneup; Dutch Rebound

May 30, 2012

Fernando Torres scored his first international goal for nearly a year as Spain continued preparations to defend its European Championship soccer title by beating South Korea 4-1.

In other tuneup games for Euro 2012 teams last night, the Netherlands rebounded from a loss to Bulgaria with a 2-0 win against Slovakia and Sweden defeated Iceland 3-2. The 16-nation tournament in Poland and Ukraine starts June 8.

Torres gave Spain the lead in Bern, Switzerland, with his first goal for the national team since scoring against the U.S. on June 4. Kim Do-Heon made it 1-1 before Xabi Alonso put Spain ahead with a 52nd-minute penalty kick. Goals by Santi Cazorla and Alvaro Negredo completed the victory.

The result put Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the winning team for a world record 95th time in an international match, according to Infostrada Sports. Spain next hosts China in Seville on June 3 before opening its championship defense against Italy in Gdansk, Poland, a week later.

The Netherlands responded to a 2-1 home loss to Bulgaria on May 26 by beating Slovakia in Rotterdam. Visiting defender Kornel Salata scored an own goal in the eighth minute and Rafael Van der Vaart added the second with 15 minutes left.

The Dutch host Northern Ireland in two days before opening their Euro 2012 campaign June 9 against Denmark in Kharkiv, Ukraine.

Sweden, which opens against the co-host in Kiev on June 11, went 2-0 up against Iceland in the first 15 minutes in Gothenburg with goals by Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ola Toivonen.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson pulled one back for Iceland in the first half before Sweden’s Christian Wilhelmsson extended the home team’s lead to 3-1 and Hallgrimur Jonasson closed the scoring. Sweden faces Serbia on June 5 in its final tuneup.

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