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First Match Today,

16:00 Spain vs Iraq (Free State Stadium, Mangaung-Bloemfontein)

Key Battles

Fernando Torres vs Mohammed Kassid
FIFA.com -Thanks to a mixture of good fortune and good positioning, the Iraqi keeper managed to keep the South Africans at bay in Sunday’s tournament opener, denying Bernard Parker, Katlego Mashego and Teko Modise with some fine reflex stops. But with Spain and their fearsome strike force up next, there is sure to be plenty more work for the Al Zawraa custodian to get through on Wednesday evening.

“We’ve got a sweepstake going on who will end the tournament as top scorer. I went for Fernando Torres so I’m winning right now.” Cesc Fabregas, Spain midfielder


National Team Rosters (starting XI will be posted at game time)

Spain

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Real Madrid), Jose Manuel Reina (Liverpool, England), Diego Lopez (Villarreal)

Defenders: Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), Raul Albiol (Valencia), Arbeloa (Liverpool, England), Gerard Pique (FC Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Carlos Marchena (Valencia), Joan Capdevilla (Villarreal)

Midfielders: Sergio Busquets (FC Barcelona), Santiago Cazorla (Villarreal), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal, England), Xabi Alonso (Liverpool, England), David Silva (Valencia), Juan Manuel Mata (Valencia), Xavi, (FC Barcelona), Albert Riera (Liverpool, England)

Forward: Daniel Guiza (Fenerbahce, Turkey), Fernando Llorente (Athletic de Bilbao), David Villa (Valencia), Fernando Torres (Liverpool, England)

Andres Iniesta was originally announced in the squad but had to pull out of the squad due to injury.

Iraq

Goalkeepers: Mohammed Kasid (Al-Zawraa), Nour Sabri (Talaba), Uday Talib (Duhok)

Defenders: Basim Abbas (Talaba), Muayad Khalid (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Aws Ibrahim (Al-Zawraa), Samal Saeed (Arbil), Farid Majeed (Talaba), Essam Yassin (Amana), Dara Mohammed (Sulimaniya), Salam Shaker (Al-Khor, Qatar), Ali Hussein Rahema (Al-Wakra, Qatar), Mohammed Ali Karim (Al-Jazeera, UAE)

Midfielders: Ahmed Ayad (Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya), Hussein Abdul-Wahid (Arbil), Mohanad Nassir (Duhok), Safwan Abdul-Ghani (Duhok), Hulgard Mulla Mohammed (Sulimaniya), Mahdi Karim (Al-Khor, Qatar), Samar Saeed (Al-Ahly Tripoli, Libya), Salih Sadir (Al-Ahed, Lebanon), Qusai Munir (Nadi Qatar, Qatar), Nashat Akram (Al-Gharrafa, Qatar), Karrar Jassim (Al-Wakra, Qatar) Hawar Mulla Mohammed (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus), Abdul-Wahab Abu Al-Hail (Sepahan Isfahan, Iran)

Forwards: Loay Salah (Arbil), Ali Salah (Al-Wahda, UAE), Emad Mohammed (Sepahan Isfahan, Iran), Alaa Abdul-Zahra (Al-Khor, Qatar), Younis Mahmoud (Al-Gharrafa, Qatar)

Serie A Weekly will have links to the game play-by-play, the starting XIs and a matc-cast at game time.



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