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Preview: Luxembourg vs. Spain

Sports Mole previews Sunday's Euro 2016 qualifier between Luxembourg and Spain as La Roja attempt to bounce back from a shock defeat to Slovakia.

Spain will try to rectify Thursday night's defeat to Slovakia with a trip to Luxembourg on Sunday in their third Euro 2016 qualifier in Group C.

Both nations will head into the contest on the back of late defeats, with Luxembourg having succumbed to a 3-2 loss at the hands of Macedonia last night.

Spain were stunned by Slovakia, who also left it late to grab a 2-1 victory on home turf with a Miroslav Stoch winner, which inflicted a first qualifying loss on Spain in eight years.

Despite Vicente del Bosque's side suffering defeat, they began their qualifying campaign in emphatic fashion with a 5-1 triumph over Macedonia last month, while Luxembourg are yet to win following their opening-round 1-1 draw with Belarus.

Spain failed to continue their winning run, but La Roja played relatively well in Zilina, which means that changes are likely to be minimal for Sunday's encounter.

One question that has arisen concerns goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who currently has David de Gea knocking on the door, and the Manchester United stopper may enter the fold following the Real Madrid stopper's shaky performance against Slovakia.

Recent form

Luxembourg: LDDLDL

Spain: LWLWLL

Possible starting lineups

Luxembourg: Joubert; Jans, Philipps, Chanot, Krogh Gerson, Janisch; C Martins Pereira, Mutsch, D Turpel, Da Mota; Bensi

Spain: De Gea; Juanfran, Pique, Albiol, Alba; Koke, Busquets, Fabregas; Silva, Costa, Iniesta

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Juraj Kucka (C) of Slovakia celebrates his goal during Euro 2016 qualifing football match between Slovakia and Spain in northern Slovak town of Zilina on October 9, 2014
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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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