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Confederations Cup

  • June 23, 2013
  • • 20:00
  • • Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo, Fortaleza, Ceará
  • Referee: J. Aguilar
  • • Attendance: 51263

Nigeria-Spain Preview: World champions look to seal last-four berth

Nigeria-Spain Preview: World champions look to seal last-four berth

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La Roja need just one point from their final group match to guarantee progress to the semi-finals, while the Super Eagles must equal or better Uruguay's result against Tahiti

Nigeria midfielder Ogenyi Onazi will not be involved in Sunday's crunch clash against Spain in Fortaleza because of a knee injury.

Coach Stephen Keshi confirmed this week that the Lazio player will stay back in Nigeria for treatment after previously expressing optimism that he could be fit in time to feature in the tournament.

Winger Nnamdi Oduamadi is a doubt after picking up a knock in the defeat against Uruguay, while striker Ideye Brown could keep his place in the starting XI ahead of Anthony Ujah.

Spain are expected to recall several of their key players after fielding a largely second-string team against Tahiti.

Roberto Soldado may be preferred as the central striker ahead of Fernando Torres and David Villa, who shared seven goals between them in the 10-0 hammering of the Pacific islanders, having sat out following the 2-1 win over the Copa American winners.

  • Nigeria have only won two of their last six international fixtures (W2, D3, L1). However, the 2-1 defeat to Uruguay on Thursday ended a 19-match unbeaten run.
  • The Super Eagles' only previous competitive encounter with Spain ended in a 3-2 victory in the group stage of the 1998 World Cup.
  • John Obi Mikel (pictured, right) made his 50th appearance for Nigeria in the defeat against Uruguay, crowning the landmark with a goal.
  • Spain are on a five-game winning run and are unbeaten in their last 24 matches.
  • La Roja last faced African opponents in the previous edition of the Confederations Cup in 2009. They beat host nation South Africa 3-2 in the third-place play-off.
  • Only a defeat by four goals or more against Nigeria would put Spain at risk of elimination from the tournament.


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Last Five Matches
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Jun 16, 2014Iran 0 - Nigeria 0WC
Jun 7, 2014USA 2 - Nigeria 1FR
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Jun 18, 2014Spain 0 - Chile 2WC
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Available Squads
-Víctor Valdés
15Sergio RamosDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
-Roberto Soldado
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
4Javi MartínezMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
-Jesús Navas González
7David VillaStriker
9Fernando TorresStriker
10Juan MataStriker

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