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
1
Portugal vs. SPAIN
Friday, June 15, 2018
20:00
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Sochi
2
Iran vs. SPAIN
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
20:00
Kazan Arena
Kazan
3
SPAIN vs. Morocco
Monday, June 25, 2018
20:00
Kaliningrad Stadium
Kaliningrad
4
Round of 16
Sunday, July 1, 2018
16:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
5
Quarter-finals
Saturday, July 7, 2018
20:00
Fisht Olympic Stadium
Sochi
6
Semi-finals
Wednesday, July 11. 2018
20:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
7
Final
Saturday, July 14, 2018
17:00
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow

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
Win
Russia
Argentina
Germany
Brazil

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