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International Friendly Preview: Equatorial Guinea - Spain

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Del Bosque: A Spanish player should have won Ballon d'Or
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Del Bosque: A Spanish player should have won Ballon d'Or

Spain travels to Equatorial Guinea on Saturday and will be expected to cruise to victory against the African minnow.

Vicente del Bosque's men are the reigning World and European champions and currently sit atop the FIFA Ranking.

Equatorial Guinea, meanwhile, is 119th and without a victory in five matches. The team's highest ranked opposition in that run was Tunisia, which sits 47th.

The outlook is not good for the home side as it welcome a Spanish team that has lost just one of its last 32 fixtures - a 3-0 defeat to Brazil in the Confederations Cup.

The African nation finished bottom of its World Cup qualifying group without recording a single victory, while Spain edged out France to progress automatically from the European campaign.

Diego Costa - Atletico Madrid's Brazil-born forward who was tipped to make his debut for Spain - has been forced to withdraw from the squad with a torn muscle in his right leg, and he joins Cesc Fabregas (knee) on the sidelines.

Fernando Llorente and Marc Bartra have been called up as replacements, with the latter hopeful of making his senior debut on Friday.

Saturday's friendly is set to go ahead despite pressure from human rights campaigners, who are calling for action to be taken to help 75 percent of Equitorial Guinea who are gripped in poverty.

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