Australia, Spain to fight for pride

Australia, Spain to fight for pride
Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas

by Staff Reporter

Monday Jun 23, 2014. 08:49

Australia and Spain will both be looking to avoid three consecutive defeats when they meet in a 2014 FIFA World Cup encounter at the Arena da Baixada on Monday.

Both sides are guaranteed to finish in the bottom half of Group B after suffering back-to-back losses and will look to exit the tournament on a high.

The Socceroos started their campaign with a 3-1 loss to Chile and went on to push the Netherlands all the way before suffering a 3-2 defeat and are currently lying third with no points.

Spain on the other hand suffered a humbling 5-1 defeat against the Netherlands before losing 2-0 to Chile and remain rooted at the bottom of the table with zero points.

Vicente del Bosque’s side will be disappointed following their early exit after lifting the trophy in South Africa four years ago but will most likely look to use this last game to prove that they are still a good team.

The Socceroos will be without star forward Tim Cahill, who is suspended for this clash after picking up his second yellow card of the tournament against the Netherlands but Ben Halloran believes they have what it takes to win the game.

“From a team perspective that we’re happy with the performances but not the results," Halloran said.  “These are the kinds of games you want to make a statement and from a team perspective we feel our performances don’t warrant three losses.

"It’s a World Cup match against the former champions. So if anyone’s taking it lightly, they should take a good look at themselves.”

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque on the other hand may opt to make a number of changes to his squad to give other players an opportunity to experience playing at this level.

Defender Raul Albiol is one of the fringe players who may be given a run against the Socceroos but he says they are taking the game seriously.

"We have to win and take all three points, firstly to not finish bottom of our group and secondly because we're representing an entire nation and its colours,” he said.

“We have to give our all in this game. We know that these are our last 90 minutes at this tournament. Then we're heading home unfortunately, but we're motivated.

“We'd love to be playing for a place in the next round, but we're playing for our pride. We have to stand up and be counted.”



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