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Soccer Report: Cazorla scores two to lead Spain over U.S., 4-0

Santi Cazorla scored twice to give World Cup champion Spain a 4-0 win over the United States in a friendly in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday.

Spain's Santiago Cazorla takes a shot on goal as the United States on Saturday. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)
Spain's Santiago Cazorla takes a shot on goal as the United States on Saturday. (Stephan Savoia/AP Photo)Read more

Santi Cazorla scored twice to give World Cup champion Spain a 4-0 win over the United States in a friendly in Foxborough, Mass., on Saturday.

The victory avenged a loss in the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup, when the Americans won, 2-0, to end top-ranked Spain's 35-match winning streak.

Cazorla had not scored for Spain since a September 2009 World Cup qualifier against Estonia. Alvaro Negredo and Fernando Torres also scored for Spain, which started just six of the 11 starters from last July's World Cup final.

The United States was missing Landon Donovan, who was back at the hotel with an undisclosed illness. U.S. Soccer spokesman Michael Kammarman said the decision was made to let Donovan rest for Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Canada in Detroit.

The crowd of 64,121 was the largest to watch a U.S. game in New England, though just a bit short of a sellout. Many were red-clad supporters of Spain, and those there to see the Americans lost their enthusiasm after the U.S. fell behind, 3-0, in a 13-minute span in the first half.

Spain dominated from the outset and struck first in the 28th when David Silva worked the ball in and sent it across to Cazorla, who put it into the upper right corner past goalkeeper Tim Howard.

In the 32d, Xabi Alonso popped one from behind midfield to Negredo as he outran the defense, collected it outside the box, and left-footed it into the net.

Cazorla scored again in the 41st, leaving Howard banging his hands on his thighs in frustration.

Torres made it 4-0 in the 73d, knocking his shot off one goalpost, then the other, before it trickled over the line.

In a ceremony before the game, Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, and Earnie Stewart were inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.

Joining the players were Bruce Murray, inducted as a veteran, and Bob Gansler, who went in as a builder,

Jones is the national team's appearance leader. Pope was a stalwart of the U.S. defense for almost a decade, and is tied for most World Cup qualifying games in U.S. history.

Stewart played 101 games for the national team.

Murray was a midfielder and forward in the 1980s and 1990s. Gansler coached the U.S. at the 1990 World Cup.

In another friendly, host Brazil and the Netherlands played to a scoreless draw at Serra Dourada Stadium in Goiania.

On Tuesday, Brazil will meet Romania in a friendly in Sao Paulo. That match will mark the farewell for former Brazil star Ronaldo, who retired from football this year. He is expected to play only a few minutes before being honored at halftime.

Romania coach Razvan Lucescu resigned Saturday, hours after his team beat Bosnia, 3-0, in a qualifier for the 2012 European Championship.

Euro 2012 qualifiers: England's lax defending gave Switzerland a 2-2 draw at London's Wembley Stadium.

Tranquillo Barnetta scored a rapid first-half double. His first free kick curled over Rio Ferdinand and bounced before wrongfooting goalkeeper Joe Hart after 32 minutes. A second free kick, three minutes later, went through England's defensive wall and beat Hart at his near post.

Frank Lampard pulled one back from the penalty spot for England in the 37th minute and substitute Ashley Young leveled with a powerful strike six minutes into the second half.

England was missing suspended star Wayne Rooney.

England remains atop Group G, ahead of second-place Montenegro on goal difference. Montenegro drew, 1-1, with Bulgaria at home, with Radomir Djalovic putting the hosts ahead in the 52d minute and Bulgaria getting the equalizer from Ivelin Popov in the 64th.

Switzerland is third with five points, six adrift of the leaders.

"If you can beat the world champions, it is not tough [against England]," Switzerland coach Ottmar Hitzfeld said, referring to last year's World Cup win by the Swiss over Spain. "To draw in the home of football is very good, but we don't want to overestimate it."

With three games to go and only the top team guaranteed a spot at Euro 2012, the dropped points mean it is far from certain that England will qualify.

In other results, a second-half goal from Helder Postiga gave host Portugal a 1-0 win over Norway in Lisbon and tied the two sides together at the top of Group H, while Lasse Schone and Christian Eriksen scored second-half goals to lift Denmark to a 2-0 win over Iceland in Reykjavik and move level on points with the Norwegians. Portugal leads on points difference with three qualifiers to go.

Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a hat trick as host Russia rallied to beat Armenia, 3-1, in St. Petersburg.

Miroslav Karhan scored in the second half to earn Slovakia a narrow, 1-0 victory over Andorra in Bratislava.

Two first-half goals by Robbie Keane gave visiting Ireland a 2-0 victory over Macedonia in Skopje to maintain a three-way tie atop Group B with Russia and Slovakia.

Yiannis Fetfatzidis scored twice and Kyriakos Papadopoulos added a goal on debut to help visiting Greece beat Malta, 3-1, and climb to the top of Group F. Michael Mifsud scored for Malta.

Yossi Benayoun scored an early goal as Israel beat host Latvia, 2-1, in Riga to move level on points with Group F leader Croatia.

Kirin Cup: Peru and the Czech Republic finished in a goalless draw in Matsumoto, Japan. Peru had the best scoring chance late in the match when substitute Jefferson Farfan hit the post with a header in the 83d minute.

Peru also drew with Japan 0-0 in its opening game on Wednesday.

Host Japan takes on the Czech Republic in the final match of the tournament on Tuesday.

African Cup of Nations: Samuel Eto'o hit the crossbar on a last-minute penalty as Cameroon was held 0-0 at home by Senegal in a qualifier, further denting the four-time African champion's hopes of playing in next year's tournament.

Cameroon is five points off Group E leader Senegal and an automatic place at the 2012 African championship with two games left.

Cameroon now has to win both its final qualifiers - against Mauritius and Congo - and hope other results go its way to win an automatic place at the Cup of Nations.

Police in Yaounde used water cannons to disperse disgruntled home fans after they blocked Cameroon's team bus from leaving Yaounde's Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium for over an hour following the game, with the supporters blaming captain Eto'o for the team's struggles.

CONCACAF suspends Austin. CONCACAF has suspended acting president Lisle Austin for alleged rule violations, drawing an angry response from Austin, who claimed the action was "illegal."

Austin took control of the federation after longtime leader Jack Warner was suspended last Sunday by world football's governing body over bribery allegations with fellow FIFA executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam.

The corruption claims were reported to FIFA by CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer, whom Austin then tried to remove, an action rejected by the executive committee.

Warner and bin Hammam were suspended by FIFA after Blazer accused them of offering Caribbean officials $40,000 each in exchange for votes in last Wednesday's presidential election. Bin Hammam had been the only challenger to Sepp Blatter, who was elected.

Rooney's hair transplant. Wayne Rooney has had a hair transplant, the England striker confirmed via Twitter: "I was going bald at 25, why not. I'm delighted with the result."

Rooney said his head was "still a bit bruised and swollen."