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Confederations Cup

  • June 17, 2013
  • • 06:00
  • • Itaipava Arena Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco
  • Referee: Y. Nishimura
  • • Attendance: 41705

Spain-Uruguay Preview: Tabarez's side eyeing first ever win over la Roja

Spain-Uruguay Preview: Tabarez's side eyeing first ever win over la Roja


La Celeste face a daunting test in Sunday's Group B opener against the world and European champions, who they are yet to beat in six previous attempts



 Arbeloa, Pique, Ramos, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
 Pedro, Villa, Mata


M Pereira, Lugano, Godin, Caceres
Perez, Gargano, A Pereira
Cavani, Forlan, Suarez

Barcelona's Victor Valdes is set to start as Spain's goalkeeper in their Confederations Cup clash against Uruguay at the Arena Pernambuco.

Captain Iker Casillas featured in friendly wins over Haiti and the Republic of Ireland last week, but is unlikely to get the nod on Sunday, as he has not played for his club side Real Madrid since January.

Coach Vicente del Bosque will have to choose between David Villa and Fernando Torres in attack, with Cesc Fabregas offering another alternative as a 'false nine' striker.

Uruguay forward Luis Suarez is available after missing Tuesday's World Cup qualifier win over Venezuela through suspension.

Boss Oscar Tabarez could name an attack-minded side with Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani all starting together.

  • Spain are unbeaten in their last 22 matches, winning 15.
  • La Roja have never lost to Uruguay in six previous encounters (W3, D3).
  • Spain are taking part in only their second Confederations Cup. Their only previous campaign ended with a third-place finish in 2009.
  • Uruguay have just won one of their last seven competitive matches (W1, D2, L4).
  • The Copa America winners lost 3-1 to Spain in a friendly in Qatar in February.
  • Luis Suarez (pictured, right) is Uruguay's top scorer in their 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign with eight goals.


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Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
15Sergio RamosDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
-Roberto Soldado
-Víctor Valdés
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
2César AzpilicuetaDefender
-Javi MartínezMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
-Jesús Navas González
7David VillaStriker
9Fernando TorresStriker
10Juan MataStriker
1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
2Diego LuganoDefender
16Maxi PereiraDefender
22Martín CáceresDefender
3Diego GodínDefender
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
18G. RamírezMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
7Edinson CavaniStriker
-J. Castillo
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
4Sebastián CoatesDefender
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
13M. AguirregarayDefender
-A. Scotti
-S. Eguren
14N. LodeiroMidfielder
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
11Abel HernándezStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker

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