The Spanish senior national team brushed off Uruguay 2-1 for a victory in their opening Group B match in the Confederations Cup, in a game that saw FC Barcelona midfielder Andrés Iniesta named Man of the Match. Spain drew first blood after 20 minutes on a deflected shot from Barcelona striker Pedro, and Roberto Soldado scored 12 minutes later after a brilliant assist from Cesc Fàbregas. Mercurial Uruguayan attacker Luis Suarez salvaged some pride with a beautiful free kick with two minutes remaining that beat Iker Casillas at his far post.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque gave his midfield to Barcelona players where Sergi Busquets was joined by Xavi and Fàbregas in the starting eleven. Gerard Piqué and Jordi Alba shored up the defense, while Pedro and Iniesta were constant threats in the attack.