World Cup pre-game: Australia vs. Spain
Australia and Spain want to leave with a win
Group B: Australia vs. Spain
- 12 p.m. ET, Monday, June 23
What’s at stake
Spanish pride, again. They were thumped by Chile and they don’t want to go home without a single point.
Australia is also out. But they played two very solid games. This third game - their last in Brazil - will be a chance to leave on a high.
These two teams have never played each other.
Australia: Oliver Boznanic. A sub against the Netherlands, he won a penalty that put Australia up 2-1.
Spain: Sergio Ramos. Like his teammates, this experienced defender has struggled in Brazil. But can he help Spain go home with at least one point?
What to watch for
Tiki taka didn’t work out very well for Spain. Will they change up their approach in this last hurrah in Brazil?
Spain has precisely one goal so far. And no points. They want to prove to the world - and themselves - that they haven’t completely fallen off the global football stage.
Tim Cahill is out for the Socceroos. Against Spain, Australia will highlight their next generation players in Brazil before going home.
They said it
“If I am a problem for our football, I will go." Spain’s Vincent Del Bosque after his team crashed out of the World Cup.
“You never go into a title fight thinking you are going to lose. And when you get that one chance you have to take it.” Tim Cahill speaking about giving it everything against the Netherlands.
The big number
2 — Spain is the first defending champion to be knocked out after only two games in the group stage. Time to plan for Russia 2018.
Obligatory fun fact
Tim Cahill, Australia’s most famous footballer, played badminton as a kid.