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BASSANO DEL GRAPPA---Colombia s
Nairo Quintana showed off his climb-
ing strength and increased his lead in
the Giro d Italia with a victory yester-
day in the 19th stage, a mountain time
Quintana, runner-up at last year s
Tour de France, clocked one hour, five
minutes, 37 seconds over the 26.8-
kilometre (16.7-mile) route from Bas-
sano del Grappa to Cima Grappa.
Italy s Fabio Aru finished second, 17
seconds behind, and Colombia s
Rigoberto Uran was third, 1:26 behind.
"I had a great feeling and I took full
advantage of it," said Quintana, who
rides for the Movistar team. "I was re-
ally well prepared."
After his second stage win in this
year s race, Quintana moved 3:07
ahead of Uran in the overall standings.
Stage 20 today is the race s last
mountain leg, a 167-kilometre (104-
mile) route that starts in Maniago and
finishes with a climb up the demand-
ing Monte Zoncolan. (AP)
Quintana wins mountain time trial, extends lead
LONDON---England survived defensive laps-
es to overcome Peru 3-0 yesterday in its final
game at Wembley Stadium before the World
Daniel Sturridge provided the friendly
match s only standout moment of skill when
he put England ahead in the 32nd minute by
striking into the top corner.
"They defended well and they were very
compact," Sturridge said. "We had worked
very hard throughout the week and there wasn t
the match sharpness as much as we would
have liked. But it was great to be out there and
we are happy with the result."
It took England until the second half to
extend the lead, with both goals due to Peru s
inability to defend a pair of corners.
Phil Jagielka s set piece was headed home
in the 65th by Gary Cahill, and Jagielka found
the net himself five minutes later after goal-
keeper Raul Fernandez dropped Leighton
England heads over the weekend to Miami
to play friendlies against Ecuador and Honduras
before flying onto Brazil for its World Cup
opener against Italy on June 14.
"We had to be patient but we were dominant
throughout," England coach Roy Hodgson said.
Although England was in control in the first
half in London, there were anxious moments
due to sloppiness that provided openings for
the ineffective Peruvians.
When Wayne Rooney conceded possession
early on, Jean Deza was able to unleash a dip-
ping shot that Joe Hart saved, one of several
openings for the winger on his debut.
And in the second half, defender Glen John-
son gave the ball away too easily inside his
own half, allowing Andre Carrillo to break for-
ward and release Deza to shoot.
Peru goalkeeper Raul Fernandez at first had
little to do, with the hosts taking until the 19th
minute to come close to finding the target,
with Sturridge dragging a shot wide. The match
was so dreary that England fans made paper
airplanes out of the cardboard used for a pre-
But Sturridge produced a goal out of nowhere
with England s first shot on goal. A throw-in
from Glen Johnson reached his Liverpool team-
mate, who placed the ball high into the net
That aside, throughout the first half Fer-
nandez didn t have a save to make, while Hart
was called into action just before the break,
coming off his line to deny Luis Ramirez with
his left leg.
This wasn t the rousing send-off England
fans had hoped for, with the creativity missing
and nervy moments at the back. (AP)
and Andres Iniesta were on tar-
get as Spain dominated Bolivia
for a 2-0 win yesterday in the
first of two international friend-
lies ahead of its World Cup
defense in Brazil.
Torres calmly stroked a 51st-
minute spot kick down the middle
with goalkeeper Romel Quinonez
diving right to convert a penalty
earned by Javi Martinez.
Spain controlled play at the
Sanchez Pizjuan but found it hard
to convert against a well-organ-
ised Bolivian team before Iniesta
charged forward to curl around
Quinonez in the 84th to seal vic-
Vicente del Bosque employed
an experimental team, trying out
different combinations with key
Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid
players still missing following the
Champions League final last
The Spain coach will announce
his 23-man squad for next
month s tournament today.
Despite the goal, Torres made
little impact up front and failed
to soothe Spain s attacking wor-
ries with Diego Costa s status
uncertain because of thigh muscle
While Juan Mata and Pedro
Rodriguez managed scoring
opportunities, it wasn t until the
second-half entrances of Iniesta,
Sergio Busquets and David Silva
that Spain looked more capable
of scoring, with Cesc Fabregas
coming on to reprise his role as
an unorthodox striker.
"We had an encouraging week
of training and today was a pos-
itive day," Iniesta said.
Spain, which opens Group B
against the Netherlands on June
13, travels to the United States
tomorrow ahead of its June 7
friendly against El Salvador in
Washington. Spain also plays
Chile and Australia in Brazil. (AP)
SAO PAULO---Brazil won t be at full
strength for its first tuneup for the World
Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari says three or
four players may be rested for the match
against Panama on Tuesday because they
are not in good physical condition yet.
Scolari did not name the players in ques-
tion. He said he will follow the recom-
mendations from team doctors, who earlier
this week put all players through a series
Scolari told reporters in Brazil s training
camp in Rio de Janeiro that he hopes to
have all of his players available for the
match against Serbia on June 6, the team s
last warm-up before the opener against
Croatia six days later in Sao Paulo.
"For this first match we will follow what
the medical department tells us," Scolari
said. "The group will be evaluated again
over the weekend and then we will know
who will be fit. We don t want to risk any-
thing before the World Cup."
The coach said some of the players side-
lined from the friendly might stay in Rio
de Janeiro to work on their physical con-
dition. Brazil plays Panama in the central
city of Goiania.
"For the second match we will likely
have all 23 players available and we will be
able to setup the team the way we want,"
Doctors said this week that none of the
players arrived for the team s preparations
with significant injuries.
Among the players who may be rested
are defenders David Luiz, Thiago Silva and
Maxwell, who trained separately from the
group on Wednesday. Oscar, Marcelo, Fer-
nandinho and Julio Cesar were among the
players who practiced separately on Fri-
"Everyone is fine, but there are some
minor adjustments to be made in the prepa-
rations," Luiz said. "I want to play. I hope
Scolari will let me."
Despite the likely absences, Scolari said
the team is better prepared physically com-
pared to its runup to the 2002 World Cup,
when he coached Brazil to the world title
in South Korea and Japan.
Brazil began its preparations for the home
tournament on Monday. Players underwent
physical tests and only began practicing
on Wednesday. Brazil s match against Serbia
is at the Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo.
The team s World Cup opener against Croa-
tia will be played in the city s newly built
Itaquerao stadium. (AP)
Scolari to rest
some players in
Spain warms up with 2-0 win over Bolivia
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England tops Peru
in last home match
Spain's Fernando Torres, right, and
Bolivia's Diego Berarano, behind,
fight for the ball during their
friendly football match in Seville,
yesterday. Spain won 2-0. AP PHOTO
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