International friendly: Spain 2-1 Haiti
08 June 2013
Sun Life Stadium, Miami
8' Cazorla; 19' Fabregas
Spain XI: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Albiol, Ramos, Monreal; Cazorla, Javi Martinez, Fabregas; Navas, Torres, Mata
Haiti XI: Montrevil; Goreux, Aveska, Lafrance, Guerrier; Monuma, Pierre, Louis, Desmarets, Maurice; Belfort
Donald Guerrier scored one of the most famous goals in Haitian football history, Saturday, as the Grenadiers came ever so close to getting a result against world and European champions Spain, settling for a close-fought 2-1 loss in Miami.
Santi Cazorla opened the scoring with a long, hard shot from distance after only eight minutes—at the time a strike that seemed a harbinger of things to come. And when Cesc Fabregas doubled the advantage 11 minutes later it looked as though La Roja were headed for a lopsided victory at Sun Life Stadium.
But it wasn’t to be.
Despite the introductions of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and David Silva in the second half, Spain just couldn’t match the energy of their opponents after the restart, and with a quarter-hour to play Guerrier (who plays his club football in Haiti for America des Cayes) burst through the defense, rounded goalkeeper Pepe Reina and slipped the ball into the back of the net from a tight angle.
Spain will now travel to New York City for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland while Haiti will journey to Brazil for an encounter with 2006 World Cup winners Italy.