Spain cruised to a comfortable 2-0 victory over Ecuador in an emotionally-charged encounter at the Monumental Stadium in Guayaquil.
Manchester City’s new striker Alvaro Negredo opened the scoring in the 26th minute, clinically flicking the ball between his legs and into the roof of the net following Santi Cazorla’s cut-back.
The Arsenal playmaker then doubled Spain’s lead on the hour mark when he latched onto debutant Cristian Tello’s back heel and fired into the bottom corner.
The visitors exerted their possession-based brand of dominance from the outset, executing delightful one-twos before peppering Maximo Banguera’s goal with an array of shots.
David Silva clipped the post inside the opening two minutes following beautiful link-up play between Cazorla and Andres Iniesta.
The game was bought to a standstill in the 11th minute as players from both sides joined supporters in a minute’s applause to remember Christian Benitez, who tragically passed away last month.
Ecuador were desperate produce a performance that would suitably commemorate their striker’s memory but they struggled to find a way through a disciplined Spanish rear-guard.
Spain were denied by the woodwork again in the 23rd minute when Sergio Ramos was allowed to surge through before picking out Iniesta, who let rip from 25 yards.
Ecuador’s best chance of the half came seconds later when the lively Felipe Caicedo steered his header wide from a deep free-kick.
But the breakthrough came in the 26th minute thanks to a mesmerising run by Cazorla. The 28-year-old played an intricate one-two with Silva before seeing his shot palmed away by Banguera.
But Cazorla was first to the rebound and steered the ball back across goal, where Negredo clinically converted from close range.
The half ended with Ecuador’s influential talisman Segundo Castillo skewing his volley wide when well placed on the edge of the area.
The second half became a disjointed affair with a series of substitutions, including a first cap for Spain’s Inigo Martinez and Koke, which helped stifle any chance of a revival for the home side.
But Ecuador should have been level on the 59th minute when Enner Valencia saw his header bounce back off substitute Victor Valdes' post.
Any chance of a comeback was short-lived though as Cazorla capped a wonderful performance with a goal of his own. Alvaro Arbeloa slipped the ball into Tello, who calmly flicked the ball into the path of Cazorla before he unleashed an unstoppable drive into the bottom corner.
In the closing stages, Ecuador huffed and puffed but rarely tested Valdes and Fernando Llorente should have added a third but he fluffed a header wide from Jesus Navas’ cross.
Vicente Del Bosque will now have to decide if any of his new faces are worthy of a place in the crucial qualifier against Finland on Septmeber 6.