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Juanito header gives Spain 3-2 win over Ivory Coast

Written by: Staff

VALLADOLID, Spain, Mar 2 (Reuters) Spain twice came from behind for a 3-2 victory at home to African Nations Cup runners-up Ivory Coast in a pulsating World Cup warm-up here.

Centre back Juanito grabbed the winner five minutes from time when he outjumped the Ivory Coast defence at the far post to head in low past keeper Jean-Jacques Tizie.

Spain had fallen behind early on when Ivory Coast forward Abdelkader Keita cracked in from close range, but striker David Villa equalised when he bundled home six minutes later.

The visitors went in front once again at the start of the second half, substitute Bonaventure Kalou catching Spain keeper Iker Casillas off guard with a spectacular dipping volley from outside the area.

Forward Jose Antonio Reyes hit Spain's second equaliser when he curled in from the fringe of the area 12 minutes before Juanito popped up at the far post to earn his side the win and help extend their unbeaten run to 19 matches.


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