Spain vs. Ireland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

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Spain vs. Ireland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview
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In a match that will be just as much a show for the fans as it is a useful match for both teams, Spain will take on Ireland in Yankee Stadium.

This will be Spain's second match in a row in the United States after defeating Haiti 2-1 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida on Saturday. This friendly will be the final tune-up before beginning the Confederations Cup.

Ireland has no scheduled matches for the next few months after winning its only World Cup qualifying match in June by a score of 3-0 over Faroe Islands. Still, this would be a great opportunity for the squad to test itself against one of the best teams in the world.

However, the match will also serve as a way to generate interest in the sport for New York fans. Major League Soccer recently announced that it will add a second professional team in the city, and these types of contests are certain to get people excited.

Chelsea and Manchester City played at Yankee Stadium in a friendly following the EPL season last month.

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The battle between Spain and Ireland should be a great one to watch, so here is what you need to know about the upcoming match. 

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Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York 

When: Tuesday, June 11

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV Info: beIN Sport on June 13 at 12 a.m. ET

Live Stream: beIN Sport Play

 

Spain Player to Watch: Andres Iniesta

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There are guys on Spain's roster who will get more recognition for scoring goals, but no one is as important to the squad as Andres Iniesta.

The midfielder always seems to be around the ball and he consistently puts teammates in position to score with his distributing ability. This skill helped Iniesta finish third in last year's voting for the Ballon d'Or behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Although he might not start as the team tries to take a look at young players, he will almost certainly get into the match at some point. When that happens, Ireland must do its best to keep him away from the action, or he will create a goal in someway. 

 

Ireland Player to Watch: Robbie Keane

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Robbie Keane proved in the team's most recent match that he can still get goals when needed. He finished with a hat trick against Faroe Islands, representing the only scores of the match in a 3-0 victory.

He will need to be just as good if not better in this match with a number of Irish players not competing for various reasons. Among those is Jonathan Walters, the talented scorer who will be out with a knee injury.

This puts a lot more pressure on Keane, who will be the captain in the match. He must create opportunities for himself and make sure that he finishes when he gets close to the net.

If Ireland has any chance of competing in this contest, the veteran must be the one scoring goals.

 

Prediction: Spain 3, Ireland 1

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Ireland has played very well lately and is in decent shape to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. The squad is unlikely to pass Germany for the top spot in Group C, but it is tied with Austria for second place.

If the team can hold onto the second spot, it can sneak into the final stage with a victory in the playoff.

Based on what we have seen in recent months from this squad, that is certainly not out of the question.

That being said, Spain is arguably the top international team in the world and has won the last three major championships. The team is incredibly talented at every spot on the pitch, especially the midfield where it will look to control possession for most of the match.

There is simply little chance Ireland succeeds in keeping Spain from scoring at least a couple of goals, and that should be enough to earn the victory. 

 

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