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Canada’s opening match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 didn’t go as planned, but the resilient squad is determined to bounce back for its next match against Nigeria on 16 November.

“I think it was a difficult game against a good opponent,” said U-20 coach Danny Worthington. “Spain is a team with many clinical finishers and we saw that today, but we’re going to regroup and take learnings from this match, and move on to Nigeria. A lesson like that is a hard one, it’s hard for the players and hard for the coaching staff, but best thing we can do is bounce back, move on, and concentrate on what we do over the next two days to prepare for Nigeria.”

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Canada Soccer will kick of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea 2016 against Spain at 16:00 local (01:00 ET/22:00 PT) on Sunday, 13 November 2016.

“I think our first game is going to be a great challenge for our young players,” said Canada Soccer U-23 EXCEL Programme Director and U-20 coach Danny Worthington. “Spain has brought in half its squad that won the 2015 Under 19 European Championships in Israel and half its squad that recently came second to France at the 2016 edition in Slovakia. We’ve studied them, and what you’ll see is a team with a good brand of play that is aligned from the U-17’s to the senior team, which is similar to Canada’s EXCEL program.”

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Spain national football team coach Julen Lopetegui has called Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas into his 25-man squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifying match at home to Granada on November 12 and international friendly away to England on November 15.

Aspas replaces Chelsea forward, Diego Costa who has been forced to withdraw from the squad as the result of a thigh injury which has been troubling him since playing against Everton in the English Premier League at the weekend.

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England's interim football manager Gareth Southgate has announced a 25-member squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against Scotland and international friendly against Spain. The England football team is scheduled to meet Scotland on November 11 while the tie against Spain is on November 15.

Experienced goalkeeper Joe Hart, who has rediscovered his form at Italy's Serie A outfit Torino, is expected to retain his place in the starting XI. The 29-year-old will be keen to make amends for a disappointing campaign at the European Championships earlier this year when England crashed out following a defeat to vastly improved Iceland in the second round.

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India's junior women team edged past hosts Spain 3-2 in the five-nation invitational hockey tournament in Valencia on Wednesday.

In a highly charged encounter, it was the hosts who had the early breakthrough as Clara Ycart provided them the lead in the 15th minute. India equalised via Jyoti's goal in the 28th minute to take the game into half time with the scoreboard reading 1-1.

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FC Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has said he will retire from the Spanish national side following the 2018 football World Cup final in Russia. He announced this after Spain scored a 2-0 win in Albania on Sunday night.

The 29-year-old defender from the Catalan region of Spain was on social network 'Twitter' accused of having deliberately cut the sleeves of his Spain shirt so as not to wear the Spanish flag.

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Spain overcame Albania 2-0 in an away qualifier in Shkoder to keep their campaign on track to qualify for the 2018 World Cup football tournament in Russia.

The victory in the Loro Borici Stadium on Sunday evening came thanks to second half goals from Diego Costa and Nolitio, putting Spain in a strong position within the group as they also tied Italy in the an earlier away qualifier.

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