Spain v Turkey

Spain will be hoping for a much better performance when they tackle Turkey in their second game of Group D at the European Championship at Allianz Riviera on Friday.

La Furia Roja scraped together a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic in the opening round of the competition with centre-back Gerard Pique scoring a header in the 87th minute to spare manager Vicente del Bosque's blushes.

Del Bosque admitted after the match that his side struggled in front of goal, with striker Alvaro Morata in particular squandering a couple of guilt-edged opportunities, but overall he was proud of the heart they showed in fighting to the end and ultimately grabbing a late winning goal.

One of the key talking points ahead of that fixture was Del Bosque's decision to leave the country's most capped footballer, Iker Casillas, on the bench in favour of Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, which he admits in the lead-up to the game against Turkey as one of the most difficult decisions of his career.

"That Iker doesn't play is painful for me," he told reporters. "He is a player that we have to respect because he has been here for 14 years.

"We always try to make the best choice and the difference [between them] is minimal."

However, despite Del Bosque's apparent anguish, De Gea looks set to continue as the Spanish No.1 after keeping a clean sheet against the Czech Republic.

Turkey have a mountain to climb after they fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Croatia. Ay-Yildizlilar played well and gave their opponents a good battle, but ultimately the result was decided by a stunning first-half volley from Luka Modric.

Head coach Fatih Terim said he expects more from his charges, especially key players such as Barcelona's Arda Turan and Leverkusen's Hakan Calhanolglu.

"These are important players," he said after the loss. "We rely on their performance but, as you said, they couldn't deliver enough. We will need them but this happens.

"I have high expectations from them. If they deliver enough we will make some good results."

Spain can secure qualification to the round of 16 with a win, while anything but a victory for Turkey would all but confirm their relegation from the tournament.

Del Bosque has a fully fit squad to choose from, while Turkey need to reassess their options in defence after first-choice centre-back Serdar Aziz has been ruled out of the rest of the tournament with injury.

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