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Spain, Netherlands, Chile headline Group B at WCup
Question of the Day
Three of the four should contend for a spot in the knockout phase, with plucky Australia looking overmatched but able to spoil the hopes of the others.
Here are five things to know about Group B:
With Brazil a potential opponent in the round of 16, no team can afford a poor start in Group B.
Spain lost its opening match at the World Cup four years ago, but went on to beat the Netherlands in the final. This year, those same two teams meet in one of the most anticipated opening matches of the tournament.
The rematch is likely to produce a different spectacle than four years ago when the Dutch soured their tournament run with a physical, defensive display that has come to be symbolized by Nigel de Jong’s kung-fu style kick to the chest of Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso.
SPAIN ON COURSE
“We’ll have to be ready from Day 1,” Spain coach Vicente del Bosque said after the draw. “With this selection of rivals, we cannot afford to let our concentration slip one bit. The Netherlands will demand our best.”
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