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08 Jun 2018

World Cup 2018: Spain’s route to the final

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During a four-year spell between 2008 and 2012 - which included a World Cup win (2010) sandwiched between two European Championships (2008 and 2012) - the Spanish national team towered above all others. 

However, the air of invincibility they emitted eventually subsided - the 4-0 Confederations Cup defeat to Brazil in 2013 exposing a squad buckling under the weight of expectation.

The team exited the last World Cup with a whimper and the football world lamented the end of an era.

Following a rebuilding process that involved the recruitment of RFEF golden boy Julen Lopetegui as Coach, Spain have enjoyed something of a revival. They have remained unbeaten and are now keen to prove themselves at tournament level once again.

The 2018 Russia World Cup draw on Friday December 1, 2017 placed Lopetegui’s men in Group B alongside Iberian neighbours Portugal, Morocco and Iran. La Furia Roja will be expected to emerge from that group but which teams would they face in the knockout stages?

There are two routes to the World Cup final which would be determined by their finishing position in Group B.

If Spain wins Group B

If Spain wins the group, they would play the following fixtures:

Game Day Time Stadium City
1Portugal vs. SPAINFriday, June 15, 201820:00Fisht Olympic StadiumSochi
2Iran vs. SPAINWednesday, June 20, 201820:00Kazan ArenaKazan
3SPAIN vs. MoroccoMonday, June 25, 201820:00Kaliningrad StadiumKaliningrad
4Round of 16Sunday, July 1, 201816:00Luzhniki StadiumMoscow
5Quarter-finalsSaturday, July 7, 201820:00Fisht Olympic StadiumSochi
6Semi-finalsWednesday, July 11. 201820:00Luzhniki StadiumMoscow
7FinalSaturday, July 14, 201817:00Luzhniki StadiumMoscow

Assuming the favourites progress in order during each phase, their opponents in the Round of 16 would be hosts Russia. From there, Lionel Messi’s Argentina would be waiting in the quarter-finals. Next up, would be a semi-final clash against Germany, followed by a final against Brazil.

Potential route to final #1:

Group Round of 16 Quarter-final Semi-final Final
WinRussiaArgentinaGermanyBrazil