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Date: February 6, 2013 TIME: 6:00 PM UTC
Vanue: Khalifa International Stadium — Doha
Puyol is going to make 100th international appearance-cap in friendly game in Doha. The European and South America champions will play in the Qatari capital looking to preparations ahead of key World Cup qualifiers next month.
Spain comes into this friendly-match having seventeen games unbeaten run. La Roja are at the top of the Group I. Their last five games have seen four wins and one draw. Spain have been the most dominant team in World Football for the last five years. Their last seventeen games have seen thirteen wins, and four draws. Also La Roja have won two of their last three games against Uruguay. Carles Puyol could become the seventh player who will reach 100 appearances for Spain.
Uruguay are in very poor form currently. In the World Cup Qualifiers they are in danger of missing out a qualification. They are currently fifth of ninth in their group, with just four direct places into the next round. Their last five games have seen one win, one draw and three losses. The South Americans are eight points off leaders Argentina, so this could be not enough to perform at the latter stages of the World Cup. Luis Suarez needs only four goals to overtake Diego Forlan’s record of thirty three goals and become Uruguay’s all-time leading striker.
Barcelona playmaker Xavi will miss Wednesday’s friendly-match cause of a hamstring injury. Real Madrid leaders Xabi Alonso and Iker Casillas will also miss out due to injuries. Javi Martinez, Roberto Soldado and Fernando Torres have all been misplaced by Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque. But, defender Cesar Azpilicueta and playmaker Isco are both included into the squad and could make their international debuts.
Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez will play without midfielder Gaston Ramirez. He has a leg injury. La Celeste’s attacking stars with Luis Suarez, Diego Forlan and Edinson Cavani could start together from the first minutes.
Spain line-up: Valdes, Arbeloa, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Fabregas, Busquets, Iniesta, Silva, Villa, Pedro.
Last three matches:
Panama 1 – Spain 5;
Spain 1 – France 1;
Belarus 0 – Spain 4.
Uruguay line-up: Muslera, M Pereira, Lugano, Godin, A Pereira, Gonzalez, Arevalo, Gargano, Suarez, Forlan, Cavani.
Last three matches:
Poland 1 – Uruguay 3;
Bolivia 4 – Uruguay 1;
Argentina 3 – Uruguay 0.