Spain were under severe pressure in the second half of their opener, but emerged with a 4-1 win. Ecuador were cruising towards victory, yet had to settle for a 1-1 draw. It means that as La Roja sit comfortably, La Tri really need a result.
Ecuador-Spain, Wednesday 3 August, Manizales, 5:00pm (local time)
Victory in their penultimate Group C outing would guarantee the Iberians a place in the Round of 16. Defeat would leave the South Americans with a lot to do to qualify. Ecaudor can at least count on the return to their reins of Sixto Vizuete, who was suspended last time out. He will hope for more of the same from Juan Govea, who scored and starred against Australia, and a better performance from the highly rated Edson Montano. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui must decide whether to change a winning team to allow Sergio Canales, who has recovered from injury, to start. One youngster he won't drop is Rodri, the Brazil-born striker who punished the Costa Ricans with two goals.
16 – The record number of penalties Spain have now converted in FIFA U-20 World Cups following Isco's successful spot-kick against Costa Rica.
Juan Govea, Ecuador forward: “We're obviously disappointed to have drawn a match we should have won, but it's in the past now. Spain are a very good side, but we're going for the win. We won't be intimidated. If we can take our chances, we can do it.”
Rodri, Spain forward: “We came here to win this tournament. We are confident we can beat Ecuador and secure a place in the next phase. I hope I can keep up my good form against Ecaudor and prove that I deserve my place in the team.”