Win or die trying: Spain risk all against Chile

Spain will seek World Cup redemption against Chile at the World Cup on Wednesday with Iker Casillas and his teammates still shaken by their humiliating defeat by the Netherlands.

Win or die trying: Spain risk all against Chile
This will be the last chance veteran midfielder Xavi has to lead Spain to glory. Photo: Lluis Gené/AFP

Spain take on the dark-horse South American side in Rio de Janeiro, while Group B leaders the Netherlands look to score more goals against Australia in Porto Alegre. Cameroon play Croatia in the third match of the day in Manaus at 2200 GMT.

After their 5-1 hammering by the Dutch on Friday, Spain know that only a win will do. Vicente del Bosque's side will be eliminated if they lose to the Chileans and the Dutch avoid defeat.

"We'll have to fight one against one," said star midfielder Andes Iniesta.

Del Bosque has hinted at changes to the team. Goalkeeper and captain Casillas, who took the blame for the defeat, has however been given public support by the coach who insisted the whole team should be scolded.

Chile, who play an aggressive attacking game, will be looking to Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez to put more pressure on whoever starts in goal for Spain.

Coach Jorge Sampaoli has doubts over Juventus midfielder Artur Vidal however.

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Spain proposes 2030 World Cup bid shared with Morocco and Portugal

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday that he had pitched the idea of a joint bid between his country, Portugal and Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup.

Spain proposes 2030 World Cup bid shared with Morocco and Portugal
Spain won the world cup in 2010. Photo: AFP

“I made the proposal, firstly to the government then to King Mohammed VI to launch a shared application with Morocco, Portugal and Spain to host the 2030 World Cup,” Sanchez said in Rabat after a meeting with the monarch.   

“It will be the first two-continent application, with Europe and Africa, and King Mohammed VI welcomed the proposal warmly.”   

Earlier this year the King ordered the Royal Moroccan Football Federation to launch their own World Cup bid but the office of the Moroccan prime minister, Saad Eddine el Othmani, refused to comment on Sanchez's statement when contacted by AFP.

The north African country has failed five times to bring the tournament to the southern shores of the Mediterranean, with the United States, Canada and Mexico most recently beating them to the 2026 competition.   

Uruguay, Argentina and Paraguay have proposed a bid to coordinate the 2030 event, which will mark 100 years since the first tournament.   

Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia are also considering a joint bid, as are the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.   

The official bidding process is set to being in 2020.

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