Spain face bottom team Malawi in the last matchday of Group E with their place in the second round already assured. They will, however, be looking to secure top spot in the group in order to remain in Kano until the quarter-finals. For newcomers Malawi, this will be their last chance to record a win, or at least open their scoring account in their first ever FIFA tournament.
La Roja have claimed maximum points so far, showing their fighting spirit to come back from a goal down against USA, before producing some sublime football in their victory over United Arab Emirates. And while coach Gines Melendez may well make changes to rest some of his players, he will not want to relinquish Spain’s perfect record of two wins from as many starts.
The Malawi players do not want to leave Nigeria 2009 without claiming making an imprint on the points table. After creating chances in their matches against USA and United Arab Emirates, they will be striving to make them count against Spain. John Kaputa’s men will be going all out in their last game to give their fans something to celebrate.
"We’re going to focus on winning the game. It’ll be hard, but that’s our goal – to play as well as we can to get the win. We’ve got nothing to lose. We’ll try to correct the mistakes we made in our previous games. The players are becoming increasingly relaxed, as they already have two games under their belts." John Kaputa, Malawi coach
"I want every player to get some game time. I’ll rest the players who have had to put in most effort, especially against USA, but we still want to win the game. The players want to claim maximum points and remain with the wonderful fans in Kano." Gines Melendez, Spain coach