Goals from Pedro and Roberto Soldado helped Spain cruise to a 2-1 victory over Uruguay in the Confederations Cup in Recife on Monday morning (AEST) and reinforced its position as tournament favourites.
Luiz Suarez scored a late consolation for Uruguay but the World and European champions dominated the game from start to finish and could easily have won by more.
“We were really tired towards the end of the match. When you are playing in temperatures like this it’s normal that should happen,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said in an interview with Spanish television broadcaster Telecinco.
The win takes Spain’s unbeaten run to 23 matches. Spain’s next game is against Tahiti on Thursday, while Uruguay will face Nigeria on the same day.
Nigeria play Oceania champions Tahiti in the other Group B game in Belo Horizonte on Monday.