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FIFA Confederations Cup Preview: Nigeria v Spain

By Football News



Spain go into their Confederations Cup clash against Nigeria knowing a point will be enough to see them through to the semi-finals.

But that is unlikely to have any impact on Vicente Del Bosque's world and European champions heading into the Group B encounter at the Estadio Castelao in Fortaleza.

Spain were last beaten in November 2011, when a Frank Lampard goal gave England a 1-0 win in a friendly at Wembley.

They have gone unbeaten in their past 24 matches since that day, and will be hot favourites against a Nigeria side who suffered a 2-1 loss to Uruguay on Thursday.

Spain, meanwhile, thrashed minnows Tahiti 10-0, with Fernando Torres scoring four times to be the top scorer at the tournament.

David Villa netted a hat-trick and David Silva scored a brace, and that talent should be too much for Nigeria to deal with.

Showcasing their depth, Spain had the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta come off the bench against Tahiti.

Roberto Soldado was handed an opportunity in Spain's 2-1 win over Uruguay in their first match, and he made the most of it by scoring.

Whether he returns to the starting line-up ahead of the knockout stages or Torres keeps his spot will be a tough decision for Del Bosque to make.

Spain are yet to book their spot in the last four and a loss would throw the group wide open, with Uruguay likely to thrash Tahiti.

Del Bosque will also be wary of flirting with his side's form ahead of a semi-final meeting with either Brazil or Italy.

Stephen Keshi's men looked most dangerous on the counter-attack against Uruguay and – with Spain likely to dominate possession – that should be their plan again.

Ideye Brown and Ahmed Musa are both lively and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel scored a fine goal to draw his side level on Thursday.

But if beating Uruguay was a big ask, getting anything out of a clash against Spain is an even bigger one.