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Spain 1 - Korea Republic 0

Once again Spain had some difficulties in their second World Cup warm-up game, although in the end they came through with a late strike from Jesús Navas to beat Korea Republic 1-0. Del Bosque used the occasion to give a run out to his second string players, but the new men took some time to get to know each other and the South Koreans gave them some problems early on. Spain rallied though, Mata and Llorente going close and Fábregas fired a shot against the bar, although Reina had to be at his best to keep out Park Chu Young and Lee Chung Yong on the stroke of half time. The Liverpool keeper's double save was his last of the match as Del Bosque brought on Valdés for his international debut at the interval, and the coach didn't wait too long after that before bringing on his big guns. The introduction of the two Xavis livened things up, and David Villa carved out two or three chances soon after he made his appearance. It was not until four minutes from the end though that Spain finally won it, Navas firing an impressive shot wide of the keeper to open his account with the national side. Another victory for "La Roja", but proof again that there will be no easy opponent in South Africa. (03.06.10)