Russia on a Roll Heading To Euros, Spain Stutters

BURGHAUSEN, Germany -- Russia struck three second-half goals to beat Lithuania 4-1, while a fine individual goal from midfielder Xavi earned Spain an unconvincing 1-0 win over United States in both teams' final Euro 2008 warm-up games Wednesday.

The Russians, already without leading striker Pavel Pogrebnyak because of a knee injury, lost Alexei Berezutsky early on in Burghausen, Germany, when the defender sustained a cut over his eye after being caught by an elbow.

Lithuania scored against the run of play in the 25th minute, when Mantas Savenas slotted in the rebound after his first effort was saved by Russia's reserve keeper Vyacheslav Malafeyev.

Konstantin Zyryanov equalized with a long-range shot eight minutes later, and Andrei Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Vladimir Bystrov struck after the break to seal Russia's third straight warm-up win.

Pogrebnyak suffered his injury in a 2-1 win over Serbia last Wednesday and is expected to miss Russia's Group D opener against Spain on Tuesday.

In Santander, Spain dominated for long spells but found it difficult to break down a well-organized U.S. defense.

The home team showed more urgency as the second half progressed and hit the woodwork twice before Xavi dribbled his way through a crowd of players to score the only goal with 12 minutes to go. The victory extended Spain's unbeaten run to 16 games.

n Inter Milan striker David Suazo scored twice as Honduras began its 2010 World Cup campaign with a 4-0 home win over Puerto Rico in Wednesday second preliminary round, first-leg tie.

Meanwhile, Barcelona's Lionel Messi scored a stunning first-half goal to help Argentina to a 4-1 demolition of Mexico in a friendly in San Diego, California.

In other friendlies Wednesday, it was Estonia 4, Faroe Islands 3; Chile 2, Guatemala 0; Canada 2, Panama 2.