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Japan vs Spain line-ups: starting XI, confirmed squad news, latest injury for 2022 World Cup game today

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pain has key duo Gavi and Rodri fit for their final World Cup Group E clash with Japan tonight.

Both players were seen training separately from the main squad in the Spanish camp on Tuesday, but for Gavi it ​​was an upgrade after the Barcelona sensation missed out completely 24 hours prior after suffering a knock that left him forced out in the 1-1 draw with Germany. .

Rodri, meanwhile, operates as a centre-back for Spain and has played the full 90 minutes at Al Bayt Stadium, and he and Gavi are ready to start as usual tonight.

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Elsewhere for La Roja, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pau Torres, Alejandro Balde and Nico Williams all enter the first XI, replacing Dani Carvajal, Aymeric Laporte, Jordi Alba and Ferran Torres, with Alvaro Morata also up front in place of Marco Asensio after his goal off the bench against Germany.

As for Japan, that remarkable loss to Costa Rica wiped out all their hard work after a historic upset from Germany to open the group.

They must win tonight, with a draw enough to reach the round of 16 if Costa Rica hold Germany at the same time. A defeat puts an end to their journey in the group stage.

Shogo Taniguchi, Ao Tanaka, Junya Ito, Takefusa Kubo and Daizen Maeda are all brought into the starting squad by head coach Hajime Moriyasu tonight.

Japan starting XI: Gonda, Taniguchi, Yoshida, Itakura, Nagatomo, Morita, Ito, Tanaka, Kamada, Kubo, Maeda

Spain starting XI: Unai Simon; Azpilicueta, Rodri, Pau Torres, Baldé; Busquets, Pedri, Gavi; Nico Williams, Olmo; Morata.


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