Spain dispatched with Uruguay in their opening 2013 Confederations Cup game, winning 2-1 thanks to goals from Pedro Rodriguez and Roberto Soldado.
Vicente del Bosque’s side, lining up with Iker Casillas in goal and Soldado supported by Pedro in attack, started this Group B opener in Recife confidently.
On from Cesc Fabregas striking the post, Pedro’s deflected effort from distance broke the deadlock midway through the first half.
Valencia’s Soldado doubled the lead just past the half hour mark with a strong finish off the back of a clever through-pass from Fabregas.
Uruguay threatened a late comeback through Luis Suarez’ 88th minute consolation free-kick from distance, but the game was otherwise controlled by La Roja.
Group B’s second game, between Tahiti and Nigeria is played on Monday evening.
Spain 2-1 Uruguay
Pedro 20 (S), Soldado 32 (S), Suarez 88 (U)
Spain: Casillas; Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets; Xavi (Javi Martinez 76), Iniesta, Fabregas (Cazorla 64), Pedro (Mata 80); Soldado
Uruguay: Muslera; Maxi Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres; Diego Perez (Forlan 68), Gargano (Lodeiro 62), Cebolla Rodriguez, Gaston Ramirez (Alvaro Gonzalez 46), Suarez, Cavani