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Spain look to underline their World Cup 2022 credentials when they take on Germany in a heavyweight contest at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Defeat to Japan puts Hansi Flick’s side in trouble with defeat to a rampant Spain side likely to push them close to a group stage exit again.
La Furia Roja ran riot in their Qatar opener, hitting Costa Rica for seven in a statement victory after doubts over where the goals would come from in the side.
“This team is not going to relax,” said Luis Enrique. “Germany can beat us because they are a powerhouse, but we’re going to go out and play the same way. Praise weakens, but this team is not going to relax. It has been a very special game for us. It is usually difficult for us to start competitions, but we have done very well. It has been a very important victory.”
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
When is it?
Spain vs Germany is scheduled to kick off at 7pm GMT on Sunday 27 November.
The game will take place at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
How can I watch it?
In the UK, the match will air live on BBC, and it will also stream live on the broadcaster’s iPlayer streaming service. Coverage starts at 6:30pm.
What is the team news?
Alvaro Morata and Dani Carvajal are back in contention to start after overcoming flu in the build-up to the opener. But with Ferran Torres and Cesar Azpilicueta performing well, Enrique has a series of difficult choices to make.
Pau Torres could play over Rodri at the back to give Spain added strength at the back.
Leroy Sane has been nursing a knee injury and only been involved in individual training, meaning a place on the bench is likely the best outcome.
Spain XI: Simon; Carvajal, Laporte, P Torres, Alba; Pedri, Busquets, Gavi; Asensio, Morata, Olmo
Germany XI: Neuer; Kehrer, Rudiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum; Gundogan, Kimmich; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz
Spain – 5/4
Draw – 5/2
Germany – 15/8
Germany simply cannot afford to lose here and with their added desperation, a major response is probable. Spain will be a tricky test, but we’ll lean on the character of a world class side fighting back to earn a 2-1 win here to get back on track in Qatar.