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Spain's Diego Costa dreaming of Brazil World Cup final showdown

The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.
Spain fans still remain optimistic of winning the World Cup despite the sacking of Julen Lopetegui as they face Portugal.

Diego Costa, who scored twice in Spain's 3-3 draw with Portugal, has said he would relish the chance to face Brazil, the country of his birth, in the World Cup final.

Costa played twice for Brazil in 2013 before deciding to represent Spain the following year.

"I like to see them [Brazil] play because I have lots of friends in the team like Willian, Filipe [Luis], Miranda, people that I love and I don't want things to go badly for them," he told Onda Cero radio.

"Also in my home in Lagarto [in Brazil],...

 By Nick Ames

Spain in danger as Iran smell blood - one World Cup slip can prove costly

The guys respond to your tweets about Cristiano Ronaldo following his heroic display for Portugal against Spain in the World Cup.

When Cristiano Ronaldo whipped that vicious, nigh-on unstoppable free kick beyond David De Gea on Friday night, Spain howled and neutrals around the world rejoiced.

The game had finished in a draw but football had been the winner: Spain, for their part, had shown glimpses of their fluent, high-octane best and if that was an appetiser for match-ups between this World Cup's big guns then the knockout stages, when they begin in a week and a half, will be something to behold.

Yet it is not that simple...

David De Gea's form and focus make error vs. Portugal inexplicable

The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

KRASNODAR, Russia -- Anyone who tries to say "It's like this and there's no other explanation" about a goalkeeper who can make a brilliant save on a header that travels at 57 miles per hour across five yards in 0.18 seconds but then let's a weak Cristiano Ronaldo shot dribble past him at tortoise speed is lying.

Whether or not you had David De Gea ranked No. 1 in the world before that error against Portugal, his second in three games for Spain, the absolute truth lies neither in that utterly...

 By Ian Darke

Germany, Argentina, Spain and Brazil learn World Cup won't be easy

Raphael Honigstein joins the FC panel to discuss the ramifications of Germany's defeat to Mexico, Mats Hummels' postmatch comments and more.
The FC crew take a comprehensive look at how Iceland stifled Argentina and revisit La Albiceleste's continued dependence on Lionel Messi.
Steve McManaman breaks down Neymar's performance as the FC crew react to Brazil's draw with Switzerland in their World Cup opener.
The FC crew agree Spain and Portugal's draw in their opening match at the World Cup proved they are both a class above the rest of Group B.

ST. PETERSBURG -- All those World Cup previews are proving -- not for the first time -- that predictions can make fools of us all. Who would have thought, for example, that Brazil, Germany, Spain and Argentina would play their first games and not muster a win between them?

First impressions can be misleading, of course. In 2010, Spain lost their opener against Switzerland but went on to lift the trophy; four years later, Italy started with a win against England but failed to get out of the group...