Spain are guaranteed a place in the Round of 16 and are all but sure of top spot in Group C, while Australia will likely require nothing short of three points to join them in the knockout phase.
Australia-Spain, Saturday 6 August, Manizales, 5:00pm (local time)
Having taken just one point from two matches, a draw is unlikely to be enough to extend the Young Socceroos' stay in Colombia. The Aussies, therefore, have to go for broke. In Tommy Oar they have a player who has scored twice thus far, while Jan Versleijen must decide whether to reinstall fan favoruite Mustafa Amini to his starting XI after the No10 impressed from the bench against Costa Rica. Central to Autralia's hopes of victory will be whether Julen Lopetegui picks a full-strength side or rests his first-choice players. Spain are all but guaranteed top spot, but how important will the 44-year-old regard going through with a 100 per cent record?
1 – The total of group-stage matches Spain have lost at the FIFA U-20 World Cup since a team including Santaigo Canizares, Albert Ferrer and Urzaiz fell 4-2 to a Lars Bohinen-inspired Norway in 1989. Thereafter, La Roja have 22 victories, three draws and one defeat, courtesy of Argentina's 2-1 success in 2003.
“It doesn't matter what team Spain put out, they'll be strong in defence, strong in midfield and strong in attack. But we believe we can do it. If we have the right game plan and play to our full ability, we can get the three points,” Trent Sainsbury, Australia defender.
“Regardless of what the situation is, we want to beat Australia. We want to have the pride of going through with a 100 per cent record as we have done in the past. They have improved a lot in recent years, but we will be doing our best to get the win,” Sergio Canales, Spain attacking midfielder.