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June 23, 2013 3:00 PM EDT
Estádio Governador Plácido Aderaldo Castelo — Fortaleza, Ceará
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Confederations Cup Preview: Nigeria - Spain

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

By Karthick Arvinth

Fernando Torres, Santi Cazorla y David Silva, Spain - Thaiti
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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. Striker Ideye Brown could keep his place in the starting XI ahead of Anthony Ujah.

Spain is expected to recall several of its 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 winner.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Nigeria has only won two of its 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 is on a five-game winning run and is unbeaten in its 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 playoff.
  • Only a defeat by four goals or more against Nigeria would put Spain at risk of elimination from the tournament.


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12Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
3PiquéDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
17ArbeloaDefender
6Jordi AlbaDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
8XaviMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
11PedroStriker
14Roberto SoldadoStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
19MonrealDefender
4Javi MartínezMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
22Jesús Navas GonzálezMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
-Fernando Torres
13Juan MataStriker
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Fernando Torres Fernando Torres
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Chelsea
5 0
Fred Fred
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Fluminense
5 0
Abel Hernández Abel Hernández
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Palermo
4 1
Neymar Neymar
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Barcelona
4 0
Javier Hernández Javier Hernández
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Man United
3 1