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Spain vs. France: 5 Matchups to Watch in the Upcoming World Cup Qualifier
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Franck Ribery and France look to upset top-ranked Spain in World Cup qualifying.

France and Spain have gotten off to strong starts in the FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifying so far. Both teams are 2-0 heading into their head-to-head matchup on Oct. 16. This contest features some great matchups of some of the world’s greatest players. 

Spain kicked WC qualifying off with a 1-0 win over Georgia, followed by an impressive 4-0 shutout of Belarus. Few expected Spain to stumble in qualifying, especially since they are the top-ranked country in the FIFA rankings

Things do get more difficult for Spain, however, as they host 13th-ranked France. France started on a similar pace with a 1-0 win over Finland and a 3-1 win over Belarus. 

Injuries have plagued France early, which won’t make things any easier against the defending world champions. With Abou Diaby, Rio Mavuba and suspended defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa all out for the match, there are some significant matchups to watch come Oct. 16.

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