World Cup pre-game: Australia vs. Spain

Spanish pride is on the line, again. They don’t want to go home without a single point. Australia is also out, but they played two very solid games. The teams go head-to-head for the first time Monday (, 12 p.m. ET).

Australia and Spain want to leave with a win

Spain's players take part in a training session at CT do Caju in Curitiba at the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the eve of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Group B football match between Spain and Australia. (Lluis Gene/Getty Images)

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.

Impact players

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.


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