The two nations are expected to battle it out to win the qualifying group, but only one can qualify automatically.
“After the game, one of the two teams will be well on course for qualification,” Del Bosque said. “This is like a cup tie that needs to be overcome. There will still be 15 points to play for after this game but the double clash with France is vital.”
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