The teams are in, and there are one or two hints of pragmatism – Marcelo Bielsa’s swapped out three players who picked up yellow cards in the last match (though Humberto Suazo looked ripe for the bench anyway); Vicente del Bosque has brought Andres Iniesta back in at the expense of David Silva/Jesus Navas rather than Sergio Busquests, who keeps his place at the back of midfield. But let’s still hope for something better than Portugal and Brazil served up earlier – after all, a draw here is far less desirable for either side than, evidently, for Portugal.
Chile: Claudio Bravo, Mauricio Isla, Gary Medel, Waldo Ponce, Gonzalo Jara, Arturo Vidal, Marco Estrada, Mark Gonzalez, Alexis Sanchez, Jorge Valdivia, Jean Beausejour.
Spain: Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Carlos Puyol, Joan Capdevila, Xavi, Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Andres Iniesta, Fernando Torres, David Villa
The teams come out into a noisy stadium, cameras flashing madly like a Jonas Brothers concert. Is that who the kids are still into? I sense you could perform a rather natty jig in time to Chile's national anthem, but the players stand and sing in a neat line, instead. The mascots are exceptionally pleased to be on the TV. The Spanish anthem is drowned out by Chileans continuing to sing their own for a couple of minutes, and it's got Carlos Puyol's brow twitching.