Game : Spain vs Iraq
Competition : Confederations Cup 2009, Group A
Venue : Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Date : 17 June 2009, Wednesday, 16.00 South African time.
After crushing New Zealand, Spain could book their spot in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup with a similar performance against Iraq.
The reigning European champions produced a scintillating first half display against New Zealand and ended up thrashing the All Whites 5-0. Had Spain played with the same intensity in the second half, the scoreline could have been even worse.
Fernando Torres scored a hat trick against New Zealand. David Villa and Cesc Fabregas were the other scorers for Spain. Expect no changes to the Spanish 11 from Vicente del Bosque. The only thing the former Real Madrid manager might do is to start with David Silva ahead of Liverpool’s Albert Riera.
Spain form- last five games- Spain scorers in brackets
New Zealand 0-5 Spain ( Fernando Torres*3, David Villa, Cesc Fabregas)
Azerbaijan 0-6 Spain ( David Villa*3, Albert Riera, Dani Guiza, Fernando Torres)
Turkey 1-2 Spain ( Xabi Alonso, Albert Riera)
Spain 1-0 Turkey ( Gerard Pique)
Spain 2-0 England ( David Villa, Fernando Llorente)
Iraq were criticised for their defensive game against South Africa, but it got them a point, and keeps them in the hunt for a spot in the semis. Bora Milutinovic may ask his boys to play a more attacking game against Spain. If they chose to sit back, Iraq keeper Mohammed Kassid could end up becoming a very busy man indeed.
Iraq form- last five games- Iraq scorers in brackets
Iraq 0-0 South Africa
Iraq 1-1 Poland ( Mahdi Kareem)
Qatar 1-0 Iraq
South Korea 2-1 Iraq ( OG )
Saudi Arabia 0-0 Iraq
Verdict:- Honestly, you cannot see anything but a Spanish win here. Even if Spain play only half as well as they did against the All Whites, Iraq could be at the receiving end of a 3 or 4-0 scoreline.
Spain 4-0 Iraq ( Torres*2, Villa, Xavi)
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