Spain will look to get their world cup back on track when they take on Chile. The holders got their campaign off to the worst possible start when they lost 5-1 to 2010 runners up Holland.
Xabi Alonso put the Spanish ahead from the spot after Diego Costa was deemed to be fouled however Robin Van Persie equalised before half time.
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The second half was all Holland however as goals from Arjen Robben (2), Stefan de Vries and a second from Van Persie sealed the result of the tournament so far and left the Spanish shell-shocked.
Vicente Del Bosque’s men need to beat Chile if they are to have any hope of progressing from the group and they will have to do so in the Maracana, the scene of their FIFA Confederations Cup final defeat to Brazil last year.
Many people have written off the Spanish challenge in the wake of their capitulation however midfielder Cesc Fabregas believes it is early for the obituaries.
“Let’s go out and give everything,” Chelsea’s new signing said. “It will be a hotly contested match.
“We have to come out on top. We’ll try until the last minute.
“We have to think what this team have done in the last six years – we have made history. We are a team who know what is at stake. We must be brave and win.
“The team is trained to attack and win the game. We have many players with a high level.”
Del Bosque could make some changes to his side in the wake of their poor opening performance with Diego Costa in particular one who could make way. The Atletico man struggled to impose his game on the Dutch and looked off pace throughout.
His most likely replacement is Barcelona man Pedro. The forward was perhaps the best Spanish player on the field following his introduction.
Del Bosque could also shake up things at the back with the likes of Pepe Reina Raul Albiol, Juanfran and Javi Martinez pushing for starts although it is likely that David de Gea will miss out with a muscle injury.
Chile meanwhile expect to have Arturo Vidal fit after he came off in the second half of their 3-1 win over Australia. The Juventus man has been struggling prior to the game but proved his fitness
This will be the 12th meeting between the two sides with Chile yet to taste victory. The South Americans have drawn two and losing 9, including a 2-1 defeat at the 2010 world cup. The sides drew 2-2 when they met in a friendly in September