Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Spain vs Chile FIFA World Cup - Group B 18-06-2014

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Spain and Chile will lock horns at the emblematic Estádio Maracanã in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday night. A must-win match for the defending champions.
Spain team come into this clash knowing that they will almost certainly have to win the game to stand a chance of qualification since they have lost 5-1 against Netherlands on Friday evening. The Spanish defensive line had a night to forget and Casillas, in particular, will certainly remember that match forever. The goalkeeper definetely showed the world why he was benched by Mourinho and Ancelotti.
Captain Iker Casillas is expected to keep his place in goal despite a performance he described as the worst of his career, with David De Gea out of this match and possibly the rest of the competition with a hip injury. Diego Costa caused the Dutch some problems but his overall performance was not the most convincing, so Fernando Torres might replace him.
Chile secured a comfortable 3-1 victory over Australia in the first round. They were bright with Sanchez, Vargas and Valdivia in particular creating a lot of goal chances. La Roja was in control of the game very early at 2-0 up but Australia pulled one back before the break and in the end it was nervy stuff until a 90th minute goal restored the two goal cushion.
Arturo Vidal lasted an hour in Cuiaba on his comeback from a knee operation but will retain his spot. Sampaoli may consider bringing in Francisco Silva at centre-back, but he is expected to continue with Gary Medel and Eugenio Mena as his central defensive pairing.
Spain have won just one of their last five internationals played a neutral venue but they are undefeated in ten previous matches against the South Americans. They have also not lost back to back international matches since October of 2006 either.

probable line-ups:
Spain (4-3-3) – Casillas – Azpilicueta – Sergio Ramos – Piqué – Jordi Alba – Xabi Alonso – Busquets – Xavi – Iniesta – Juan Mata – Fernando Torres.
Chile (3-4-3) – Bravo – Jara – Medel  - Isla – Vidal – Díaz – Mena -Aránguiz – Valdivia – Sánchez – Vargas.

Spain vs Chile - Competition: FIFA World Cup, Group B
Match date: 18 June 2014 - Kick Off Time: 20:00 BST
Venue: Estadio do Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]

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