Torres ends barren spell in Spanish stroll


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Fernando Torres scored his first international goal in a year as Spain continued preparations for the European Championship with a resounding 4-1 win over South Korea last night.

The Chelsea forward gave Vicente del Bosque's side the lead after 12 minutes in Berne, back-heading Beñat's cross in from close range. South Korean goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon made several eye-catching saves before his side gained parity on the stroke of half-time, Kim Do-heon thrashing past Pepe Reina from 30 yards.

Xabi Alonso restored Spain's lead after the break from the spot and a Santi Cazorla free-kick extended the advantage. Alvaro Negredo added a fourth with 12 minutes remaining.

Elsewhere, Sweden – group stage opponents for England next month – beat Iceland 3-2 in Gothenburg, Zlatan Ibrahimovic among the scorers. The Netherlands also enjoyed a comfortable victory, beating Slovakia 2-0 in Rotterdam. A Kornel Salata own goal and a second from Tottenham's Rafael van der Vaart enabled them to recover from successive defeats by Bayern Munich and Bulgaria.