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Joy for FCB pros in friendlies

Holders Spain are in form two weeks ahead of the start of the World Cup in Brazil. Bayern pro Javi Martínez was in the starting line-up for the World and European champions in Friday night's 2-0 win against Bolivia in Seville. Following a goalless first half, Fernando Torres (51, pen) and Andres Iniesta (83) scored for La Roja, with numerous chances going begging for the Spaniards. Spain coach Vicente del Bosque confirmed Martinez' place in the final 23-man squad on Saturday.

Switzerland beat Jamaica

Switzerland found it harder than the reigning World Cup winners with a narrow 1-0 victory over Jamaica. The future Leverkusen player Josip Drmic netted a late winner on 83 minutes in Lucerne. Switzerland struggled for a long time to unlock a stubborn Jamaican defence. Bayern pro Xherdan Shaqiri started the match and was substituted on 72 minutes.

Victory for Croatia and Mandzukic

Croatia also received a boost in the World Cup build-up with a friendly victory on Saturday. The team coached by former FCB men Niko and Robert Kovac defeated Mali 2-1 in Osijek. Wolfsburg’s Ivan Perisic struck a brace on 15 and 64 minutes for the home side, with Mohamadou Diarra pulling one back for the Africans 11 minutes from time. Mario Mandzukic, who is suspended for the Croats’ World Cup opener against hosts Brazil, played the first hour of the game.

Question mark over Ribéry

There are doubts over Franck Ribéry playing for France in Sunday night's friendly against Paraguay in Nice. The French FA announced the 30-year-old Bayern winger is undergoing tests on his recurrent back problem in a Paris hospital. There is no further information on the fitness of Ribéry at the moment and it appears highly unlikely that he will feature in the match against Paraguay. The European Footballer of the Year was unavailable for last Tuesday's 4-0 win against Norway.