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Defending champions Spain will be looking for an improved performance in their second Group D match against Turkey at Nice. They were made to fight and struggle by Czech Republic in their first game, before a late header from Gerard Pique won them the match. Turkey on the other hand were outdone by a moment of genius from Luka Modric, as the midfielder scored a wonderful volley to give his side a 1-0 win. A win for Spain may all but confirm their qualification into the round of 16, but Turkey won’t be pushovers, considering the fight they put up to reach the Euro 2016.

Spain have en number of world class players in the side, but none of them made an impact in the first fixture against a stubborn Czech defence. Instead, they rode on the brilliance of goalkeeper David de Gea, who made number of good saves to keep his side in the game. And in the 87th minute, a sumptuous piece of football from Andres Iniesta found Pique completely open, who headed the ball in the net to give Spanish fans much needed relief.

Turkey in terms of squad stature are no match to the defending champions, but have their share of talented players in the side. FC Barcelona’s Arda Turan will lead the team, which also boasts of players like Selcuk Inan, Mehmet Topal, Nuri Sahin, Burak Yilmaz and Hakan Calhanoglu — a set-piece specialist.


Spain: Iker Casillas, David de Gea, Sergio Rico, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra, Cesar Azpilicueta ,Mikel San José, Juanfran , Héctor Bellerín, Bruno Soriano, Sergio Busquets, Koke, Thiago Alcântara, Andrés Iniesta, David Silva, Cesc Fábregas, Aritz Aduriz, Nolito, Álvaro Morata, Pedro Rodríguez, Lucas Vázquez.

Turkey: Harun Tekin, Onur Kivrak, Volcan Babakan, Ahmed Calik, Gokhan Gonul, Hakan Balta, Ismail Koybasi, Semih Kaya, Sener Ozbayarakli, Arda Turan, Caner Erkin, Hakan Calhanoglu, Memhmet Topal, Nurin Sahin, Oghuzan Ozyakup, Olcay Sahan, Ozan Tufan, Seicuk Inan, Volkan Sen, Yunus Malli, Burak Yilmaz, Cenk Tosun, Emre Mor

(R Narayan is a reporter with CricketCountry, and is an ardent cricket and football enthusiast (big Manchester United fan). Having followed cricket since 2003, he likes high scoring matches as well as good fast bowling. His Twitter handle is @RNarayan24nov)