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  • September 2, 2011
  • • 2:45 PM
  • • AFG Arena, St. Gallen
  • Referee: J. Laperrière

International Friendly Preview: Spain - Chile

The world champion side faces the South Americans in Genoa as Vicente del Bosque's team looks to reclaim top spot in the FIFA World Rankings after falling behind Holland.

Spain (4-3-3): Casillas; Arbeloa, Ramos, Raul Albiol, Dominguez; Xabi Alonso, Xavi, Iniesta; Villa, Torres, Mata

Del Bosque may experiment with his side and there may be starts for Chelsea duo Fernando Torres and Juan Mata with the world champion having cancelled a tie against Brazil in favor of this contest.

Spain has included three uncapped players in the squad to face Chile, in the shape of Alvaro Dominguez, Sporting Gijon center back Alberto Botia and Barcelona B right back Martin Montoya, with Vicente del Bosque leaving out veteran defenders Carlos Marchena and Joan Capdevilla as a result.

Barcelona defenders, Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique are out due to injury, along with fullback Andoni Iraola, whilst Nacho Monreal misses out after being named in the squad to play Italy.

Chile (3-5-2): Bravo; Contreras, Jara, Vidal; Cermona, Beausejour, Medel, Isla, Valdivia; Alexis Sanchez, Orellana 

Claudio Borghi will be without defender Waldo Ponce who withdrew from the squad due to injury, as have Matias Fernandez (leg) and Mauricio Pinalla (knee). Mark Gonzalez will also miss the fixture against the World Cup winner in Switzerland due to the same hip injury which kept the CSKA Moscow man out of the Copa America.

Felipe Seymour, who missed the Copa America, is back in contention and is likely to be named on the bench, after recovering from a long-term injury.

Gustavo Canales could make his debut for Chile after receiving a call-up for the match against Spain, while Borghi also included uncapped Gerson Acevedo and Christian Vilches.

Barcelona’s summer signing Alexis Sanchez is included in the squad, and at the tender of age of 22 represents Chile's main threat with an impressive international record of 14 goals in 41 appearances.

  • Spain has never lost to Chile in any of their eight fixtures. The Europeans have won seven of those matches, and drawn once.
  •  The Spain squad has 13 players from one of Barcelona or Real Madrid, the ratio 8:5 in the Catalans' favor.
  • Spain has dropped to second in the FIFA World Rankings after its defeat to Italy saw Vincent Del Bosque’s side fall behind the World Cup finalist Holland.
  • A David Villa hat-trick would see him become the first Spaniard to reach 50 goals in international colors.
  • Chile is unbeaten in international friendly matches since the turn of the year, beating Colombia and Estonia, and drawing against the USA, Portugal, Paraguay and France.
  • During the Copa America, Chile managed a draw against eventual winner Uruguay in the group stages but was beaten, surprisingly, by Venezuela in the quarterfinals.

  • It took Chile until its 34th international to register a victory. The team made up for lost time, though, with a 7-1 win over Bolivia in 1926.
  • Chile faced Spain in the 2010 World Cup group stages, with Marcelo Bielsa's side beaten 2-1 in Pretoria after goals from David Villa and Andres Iniesta.

Chile faced Spain in the 2010 World Cup Group Stages, with Marcelo Bielsa's side beaten 2-1 in Pretoria after goals from David Villa and Andres Iniesta.

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