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Spain need a point to seal World Cup berth (Preview)

Oct 14 2013, 5:50am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 14 (IANS) It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday.

Madrid, Oct 14 — It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday. A point for the...

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Spain need a point to seal World Cup berth (Preview)

Oct 14 2013, 5:50am CDT | by IANS

Madrid, Oct 14 (IANS) It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday.

Madrid, Oct 14 — It promises to be a happy homecoming for Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta as the reigning World Champions look to book their place in next summer's World Cup Tuesday.

A point for the Spanish at home to Georgia (who have no chance of qualifying) will assure that Spain have a ticket to Brazil and the match in Albacete's Carlos Belmonte Stadium is extra special for Iniesta given that it takes place in what is virtually his home town.

The man who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final to give Spain their first ever World Cup is from the area and has always maintained his roots there despite joining Barcelona when he was just eight years old.

Iniesta will form part of a starting 11 which pulled off a laboured 2-1 against Belarus in Mallorca Friday night to take them to the verge of qualification and thanks to their superior goal difference over second placed France, Spain could probably lose Tuesday and still be on the plane to Brazil.

However, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has some issues to settle in his starting 11. For starters, who is going to lead the Spanish attack.

Del Bosque opted to give a debut to Swansea forward Michu, who played as a false number 9 against Belarus and the experiment was not a total success as Spain laboured in front of goal, with their opening strike coming just after the hour, thanks to midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

Alvaro Negredo, a more typical centre forward made an impact as a substitute as he came on and scored the decisive second goal of the game. Negredo has now scored nine times for Spain and is pushing for a start, although his typical bustling play doesn't necessarily fit in with the touch style favoured by Del Bosque and his creative midfield.

Del Bosque also has an issue in goal where he decided to drop Iker Casillas in favour of Victor Valdes Friday. It was a surprise given the coach's previous support for the Real Madrid man, but also a logical decision given Valdes' early season form and the fact that Casillas is now substitute with his club. The question now is whether or not Del Bosque will stick with Valdes or bring Casillas back into the side.

Finally with central defenders Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique both carrying slight knocks, Del Bosque will have to consider playing Inigo Martinez in central defence, while Nacho Monreal continues at left back for the injured Jordi Alba, who will be out for six weeks with a torn muscle.

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Iniesta removed from Spain squad

Sep 1 2014 2:12pm CDT | Source: Soccer News

Andres Iniesta has been withdrawn from Spain’s squad for the matches against France and Macedonia after suffering a knee injury ...
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7 hours ago

Iniesta removed from Spain squad

Sep 1 2014 1:12pm CDT | Source: Soccerway

Andres Iniesta has been withdrawn from Spain's squad for the matches against France and Macedonia after sufferi ...
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Villarreal vs. Barcelona: Time, TV schedule and how to watch online

Aug 31 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: SBNation

Barca's first road match of the season is a tough challenge against the Yellow Submarine. Barcelona hit the road for the first time this season with a tricky test against Villarreal at El Madrigal. The Yellow Submarine won their opener against Levante and will now attempt to defeat the Blaugrana for the first time since return to the top flight after two close losses last season. Key player: Ivan Rakitić (Barcelona) The addition of midfielder Ivan Rakitić over the su ...
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Andres Iniesta Injury: Updates on Barcelona Star's Knee and Return

Aug 31 2014 6:21am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Andres Iniesta will be absent from the Spanish squad for the upcoming fixtures against France and Macedonia after being forced to withdraw with a knee injury. "The Medical Services are currently working to determine the extent of the injury," Barcelona's official website announced on Saturday.  Inside Spanish Football confirmed the Barcelona playmaker would miss the friendly against Les Bleus on September 4, as well as the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Macedonians o ...
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Villarreal vs. Barcelona: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Aug 31 2014 1:00am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Luis Enrique will be hoping to make it two wins from two games in his role as Barcelona boss when his side travel to Villarreal in Week 2 of the La Liga campaign. All eyes were on the Catalan giants during the opening weekend of the season following a flurry of summer transfer activity at the Camp Nou, and the Blaugrana duly obliged with an accomplished 3-0 victory against Elche; that despite being down to 10 men for the entirety of the second half. But they face a much tougher task in ...
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2 days ago

Villarreal v Barcelona

Aug 30 2014 9:05am CDT | Source: BBC Sport - Football

Neymar returns to the Barcelona squad for their trip to Villarreal after an ankle injury, but Andres Iniesta is out ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scoring performance helped Barcelona win its league opener ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scoring performance ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scoring p ...
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2 days ago

Neymar cleared to play against Villarreal

Aug 30 2014 8:15am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

BARCELONA, Spain — Neymar has been cleared to play again for Barcelona after the Brazil striker missed its Spanish league opener because of a left ankle sprain. While Neymar is in the squad for Sunday’s visit to Villarreal, Barcelona will be without Andres Iniesta, who has pain in his left knee. Coach Luis Enrique has also included 18-year-old forward Munir El Haddadi after his goal-scoring performance helped Barcelona win its league opener last week. ...
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