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June 17, 2013 6:00 AM SGT
Itaipava Arena Pernambuco — Recife, Pernambuco
Referee:‬ Y. Nishimura‎
Attendance:‬ 41705‎
 
20′ Pedro
Luis Suárez 88′
 

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

By Karthick Arvinth

Edinson Cavani - Uruguay
AFP
  PROBABLE LINEUPS


SPAIN


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



URUGUAY

Muslera
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.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • 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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World - FIFA Confederations Cup ‎(FCC)‎ Jun 17, 2013 Spain 2 - Uruguay 1
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International Friendlies ‎(FR)‎ Feb 7, 2013 Spain 3 - Uruguay 1
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Last Five Matches
Spain
Mar 6, 2014Spain 1 - Italy 0FR
Nov 20, 2013South Africa 1 - Spain 0FR
Nov 17, 2013Equatorial Guinea 1 - Spain 2FR
Oct 16, 2013Spain 2 - Georgia 0WCQE
Oct 12, 2013Spain 2 - Belarus 1WCQE
Uruguay
Mar 6, 2014Austria 1 - Uruguay 1FR
Nov 21, 2013Uruguay 0 - Jordan 0WCQ
Nov 13, 2013Jordan 0 - Uruguay 5WCQ
Oct 16, 2013Uruguay 3 - Argentina 2WCQS
Oct 12, 2013Ecuador 1 - Uruguay 0WCQS
Odds
Team News
Available Squads
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Jordi AlbaDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
8XaviMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
11PedroStriker
14Roberto SoldadoStriker
12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
19MonrealDefender
4Javi MartínezMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
22Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
-Fernando Torres
10Juan MataStriker
1Néstor Muslera MicolGoalkeeper
2Diego LuganoDefender
16Maxi PereiraDefender
22Martín CáceresDefender
3Diego GodínDefender
5Walter GarganoMidfielder
7Cristian RodríguezMidfielder
15Diego PérezMidfielder
18G. RamírezMidfielder
9Luis SuárezStriker
21Edinson CavaniStriker
12J. CastilloGoalkeeper
23M. SilvaGoalkeeper
4Sebastián CoatesDefender
6Á. PereiraMidfielder
13M. AguirregarayDefender
19A. ScottiDefender
-S. Eguren
14N. LodeiroMidfielder
17E. ArévaloMidfielder
20Alvaro GonzalezMidfielder
11Abel HernándezStriker
10Diego ForlánStriker
Results
Group A Matchday 1
Times In SGT
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
Striker
Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
Striker
Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
Striker
Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
4 0
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
Striker
Man. United
3 1