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International Friendly: Venezuela 2 El Salvador 1

A pair of second-half penalties have secured a 2-1 victory for Venezuela in their friendly international against El Salvador.

In preparation for next month’s FIFA World Cup qualifier versus Bolivia, Venezuela picked up their second win in five international matches, despite going behind to Darwin Ceren’s first-half strike.

Venezuela recovered in the opening 25 minutes of the second half, with Cesar Gonzalez and Josef Martinez both scoring from the spot.

The home side went behind in the 24th minute on Wednesday as they failed to deal with Kevin Santamaria’s cross and Ceren, who was left completely unmarked, took advantage to score from close range.

Having gone behind for the fourth consecutive match, Venezuela equalised 11 minutes into the second half when Gonzalez slotted a penalty into the top corner of El Salvador’s net.

Martinez took the second spot kick in the 68th minute, curling his shot inside Derby Carrillo’s right-hand post to put Venezuela in front and the hosts held on to triumph over El Salvador at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano de Merida.

Thu 23 May, 2013
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