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Pepe Reina Plays Second Half Against Haiti, Concedes in 2-1 Victory

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Pepe Reina replaced Iker Casillas at the half with Spain up 2-0, but Haiti pulled a goal back in a spirited performance over the final forty-five minutes that fell just short.

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Spain 2: Cazorla 8', Fabregas 19'
Haiti 1: Guerrier 75'

Spain managed to escape with a win over Haiti despite collectively making the decision at the break that they weren't really bothered with playing much anymore, surviving a lively second-half display by the Haitians that very nearly produced an equalizer. Pepe Reina came on for Iker Casillas and conceded a wonderful Wilde-Donald Guerrier goal in the 76th minute--the defender knocked a failed clearance down through a number of bodies, collected on the other end, feinted around Reina, and finished well from a tight angle to give Haiti a fantastic goal against the reigning World and European champions.

It's not really that much of a bother for Reina, who can hardly be blamed and wouldn't have found himself in much better stead had he kept a clean sheet for the time he was on the pitch. He's the backup--sometimes the backup to the backup--and probably isn't going to find much joy beyond that as long as Iker Casillas is upright. He'll enjoy himself despite that fact, probably at the Miami Heat game tonight and on the sidelines in Brazil over the next two summers as well, leading the celebrations for any and all goals that Spain manage to score.

Anyway, the Haiti goal because that's more fun than 84 Cesc Fabregases put together: