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  • June 20, 2013
  • • 3:00 PM
  • • Estadio Jornalista Mário Filho (Maracanã), Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  • Referee: D. Haïmoudi
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Confederations Cup Preview: Spain - Tahiti

Confederations Cup Preview: Spain - Tahiti

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Vicente del Bosque's side will settle for nothing less than a commanding victory against the Polynesian outfit, which fell to a 6-1 defeat to Nigeria in its opening match.


Spain is expected to make wholesale changes to the team that beat Uruguay 2-1 on Sunday, with Victor Valdes, Fernando Torres and David Villa all in line for starts.

Defender Cesar Azpilicueta could win his third cap for the senior side, while the likes of David Silva and Jesus Navas are also set to make their first appearances of the tournament.

Tahiti has no new injury concerns after Nicolas Vallar overcame an ankle knock to play 53 minutes of the opening defeat against Nigeria.

Midfielder Jonathan Tehau scored the island nation's first ever goal in a major tournament against the African outfit and should keep his place in the starting XI.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Spain is unbeaten in its last 23 matches, winning 16. Its last defeat came against England in November 2011.
  • La Roja's biggest ever recorded win is a 13-0 hammering of Bulgaria in an international friendly in May 1933.
  • Alvaro Arbeloa (pictured, right) is in line to win his 50th cap for Spain.
  • Tahiti has lost six of its last eight international fixtures.
  • The South Pacific islanders are ranked 138th in the world - below the likes of Rwanda, Burundi and Puerto Rico.
  • Tahiti became the first nation other than Australia and New Zealand to clinch the Oceania Nations Cup last year.

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23Pepe ReinaGoalkeeper
2Raúl Albiol Defender
5César AzpilicuetaDefender
15Sergio RamosDefender
-Monreal
-Javi MartínezMidfielder
20Santi CazorlaMidfielder
21David SilvaMidfielder
7David VillaStriker
9Fernando TorresStriker
13Juan MataStriker
1Iker CasillasGoalkeeper
-Víctor Valdés
3PiquéDefender
-Arbeloa
6Jordi AlbaDefender
6Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
8XaviMidfielder
10Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
16BusquetsMidfielder
-Jesús Navas González
11PedroStriker
-Roberto Soldado
1Mikaël RocheGoalkeeper
4Tehevaril LudivionDefender
10Nicolas VallarDefender
12Edson LemaireDefender
17Jonathan TehauMidfielder
2Alvin TehauMidfielder
6Henri CaroineMidfielder
15Heimano BourebareMidfielder
16Ricky AitamaiMidfielder
13Steevy Chong HueStriker
3Marama VahiruaStriker
22Gilbert MerielGoalkeeper
23Xavier SaminGoalkeeper
5Tamatoa WagemannDefender
8Stephane FaatiarauDefender
19Vincent SimonDefender
20Yannick VeroDefender
14Rainui AroitaMidfielder
20Lorenzo TehauMidfielder
21Samuel HnanyineMidfielder
9Teaonui TehauStriker
11Stanley AtaniStriker
18Yohann TihoniStriker

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