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Sun., June 23, 2013

Victor Valdes will start in goal for World Cup winner Spain against Nigeria today ( 11:30 a.m., ESPN), the third different goalkeeper coach Vicente del Bosque will have used in three matches at the Confederations Cup. Del Bosque showed his team’s depth by changing 10 of his 11 starters in a lopsided 10-0 victory over Tahiti in the last match. But he says he’ll return to “basically the same lineup” he used in the 2-1 opening game victory over Uruguay. Spain will advance to the semifinals with at least a draw today and would face Italy. Del Bosque says the compact schedule at the Confederations Cup has guaranteed “that all players have been able to play their share.” – AP


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