Venue: Estádio Maracanã, Rio de Janeiro ; Date: June 19th ; Time: 12:30 am IST ; World Champions Spain crashed to a humiliating 5-1 defeat to the Dutch in their opening fixture of the world cup and Del Bosque’s side are facing a ‘must win situation’ against a buoyant Chile side.
The La Furia Rojas are one of the hot favorites to win the cup this year and their performance against the Dutch did not do much good to the reputation. So, they will look to regroup and bring out the old flare in them to put it all on the line against their South American opponents.
Good news for Spain however is that star striker Diego Costa now seems fully fit. The Athletico striker will have to fire on all cylinders if Spain is to win the match and overturn that enormous goal difference.
Chile on the other hand picked up an impressive 2-1 win over outsiders Australia to cling on to the second spot in Group B. They will be well aware that landing a killer blow to Spain today will all but ensure that they progress to the next round and hence they need to treat the match with utmost importance. Stars like Sanchez and Vidal are their trump cards and they will look to break the Spanish Armada in midfield.
Where to Watch Live:
Viewers in Brazil can watch the match live HERE, while viewers in Argentina and South America can catch the action HERE. US viewers can access it on ESPN and ABC and click HERE for online. Australians can click HERE to watch the game online, and those in Africa can view the match HERE. In India, TV channels Sony Six and Sony Six HD will show the matches live and for online live streaming of the match, click HERE. In Pakistan PTV Sport is the only channel given right to broadcast all FIFA World Cup matches and click HERE for online live streaming in Pakistan. For Live Score, many channels and online websites are there but visit the official FIFA.COM website.
Spain (4-3-3): Iker Casillas; Cesar Azpilicueta, Gerard Piqué, Sergio Ramos, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Xavi; David Silva, Diego Costa, Andrés Iniesta.
Chile (4-3-1-2): Claudio Bravo; Eugenio Mena, Gary Medel, Gonzalo Jara, Mauricio Isla; Charles Aránguiz, Marcelo Diaz, Arturo Vidal; Jorge Valdivia; Alexis Sánchez, Eduardo Vargas.
Prediction: 2-1 to Spain Key Stats: Chile have never beaten Spain in an international fixture. The last time the Sides met was in a 2-2 draw in September, 2013. Vargas scored a brace for Chile. Spain lost their opening fixture in the previous edition of the world cup as well with a 1-0 loss to Switzerland. Spain have not lost back to back internationals since October 2006.
Players to watch out for:
Spain – Diego Costa – In a side that provides a never ending supply of assists, Diego Costa needs to come up with the final goods. He is an aggressive ball player and will be handful for the inexperienced Chile defense.
Chile – Alexis Sanchez –Sanchez was Chile’s crucial man in their previous game as he put up an impressive performance to sink the Socceroos. The Barcelona man will know all his Spanish counterparts rather well and he will be their experienced campaigner in midfield.