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Tim Cahill put in a commendable performance against Netherlands but will miss the game against Spain due to suspension. Getty Images

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Australia take on Spain as both teams have nothing but pride to play for in their final Group B fixture of the 2014 Fifa World Cup at the Arena da Baixada, Curitiba on Sunday.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is set for 5pm BST. Live coverage will be on ITV 4. Radio commentary of the game will be available on BBC Radio 5 Live.


Australia have failed to progress into the knockout stages of this year's World Cup after being handed back-to-back defeats in both their fixtures in Group B. After losing the first game 3-1 against Chile, the Socceroos succumbed 3-2 against Netherlands last Wednesday.

Former Everton striker Tim Cahill levelled matters within a minute as Arjen Robben put the Oranje into the lead in the 20<sup>th minute. Ange Postecoglou's side then took a shock lead after Mile Jedinak netted from the penalty spot in the 54<sup>th minute after the ball hit the outstretched arm of Daryl Janmaat.

Four minutes later, Robin van Persie restored parity for Louis van Gaal's side. Australia continued to turn the screw, but a wasted attempt to take the lead resulted into a counter attack and Memphis Depay hit the winner in the 68th minute as goalkeeper Matthew Ryan erred in palming the 20-year-old's shot away from goal.

The result meant that the Dutch were through to the next round while Australia were left to play in a dead rubber with Spain who are also in a similar situation. Vicente Del Bosque's side were eliminated in the group stages after suffering back-to-back defeats against Netherlands and Chile.

After the 15<sup>th ranked team humiliated them 1-5, the South American outfit inflicted a 2-0 defeat at the Estadio Maracana, Rio de Janeiro, to send the defending champions crashing out in the group stages. Both teams have no chance of progressing and will be looking to at least conclude their campaign with a consolation victory.

What Managers Say

Ange Postecoglou (Australia): "We will try and win it. Timmy is out, somebody else will come in and we'll go at it again and we're going to measure ourselves against the very best in the world. We're not going to make any excuses. Spain are an outstanding team and we want to come off the pitch knowing how far we have come and where we're at. So our approach won't change, we want to again go into that game and prove to people that we can play good football against the best in the world."

Vicente Del Bosque (Spain): "In this World Cup, we have all failed - veterans, youth and the coaching staff. Blame it on all of us. I don't think there is any distance between the players. I think they have a very good relationship. The dressing room has always responded. I thought we came here in good shape and the problem would be which were the best eleven players to field. But things did not turn out as we expected. The reasons for what has happened are entirely sporting, that's all. People can look for other explanations but I do not share them."

Prediction: Australia 1-3 Spain

Betting Odds (Bwin)

Australia: 27/4

Draw: 15/4

Spain: 4/11

Team Form


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L L D L
  • Last Result: Australia 2-3 Netherlands


  • Last Five (all competitions, most recent first): L L W W W
  • Last Result: Spain 0-2 Chile

Team News


  • Injured: Ivan Franjic (hamstring)
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: Tim Cahill

Probable Lineup: Langerak; McGowan, Wilkinson, Spiranovic, Davidson; Milligan, Jedinak, McKay; Halloran, Leckie, Oar


  • Injured: N/A
  • Doubtful: N/A
  • Suspended: N/A

Probable Lineup: Reina; Juanfran, Ramos, Albiol, Alba; Martinez, Fabregas; Mata, Koke, Cazorla; Villa