Recife: Andres Iniesta repeated several times that Spain deserved the 2-1 victory over Uruguay in their Confederations Cup opener.
The midfielder had only one quibble with the result Sunday. The game wasn't as close as the score made it look, and he said Spain should have had at least one more goal.
"I think it was clear Spain was the undeniable winner, a deserved victory," Iniesta said. "It left a very good taste in our mouth. But we probably deserved another goal."
Spain had 77% of the possession in the first half, and 71% in the match — and that tells plenty.
Cesc Fabregas hit the post in the 10th minute, which is the near-goal Iniesta was probably talking about.
The World Cup champions did get two first-half goals just after Fabregas' miss — one in the 20th from Pedro and another 12 minutes later by striker Roberto Soldado.
Spain had a little luck with the first goal, which may have been heading wide when it took a huge deflection off Uruguay defender Diego Lugano to beat goalkeeper Fernando Muslera.
The second was perfect finishing by Soldado after a cute reverse pass from Cesc Fabregas.
Luis Suarez scored a consolation goal with a delicately curling free kick for Uruguay in the 88th.