Last September, 15 players signed letters that said they were withdrawing from the national team to protect their emotional health. The players also called for the removal of coach Jorge Vilda. The Spanish federation ultimately backed Vilda, and only three of the 15 players returned to the team in time for World Cup selection.
La Roja advanced to the semifinals by scoring in extra time to defeat the Netherlands on Friday.
Meanwhile, Sweden — runner-up to Canada at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics — is coming off victories over the defending champion U.S. squad in the Round of 16 and previously undefeated Japan in the quarterfinals.
What time is the Spain vs. Sweden match?
The World Cup semifinal between Spain and Sweden kicks off Tuesday at 4 a.m. ET (8 p.m. in New Zealand) at Eden Park in Auckland.
How to watch Spain vs. Sweden on TV: What channel is it on?
The first of two 2023 World Cup semifinals will be shown nationally on FOX and Telemundo.
How can I live stream Spain vs. Sweden?
The match between Spain and Sweden in the 2023 World Cup can be live streamed in English on FoxSports.com and in Spanish on Peacock. You can also watch it on your favorite streaming service that provides live TV, including DirecTV Stream, Sling Blue, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and Fubo.
To see all the ways you can watch and add reminders to your calendar so you don’t miss a match, visit our 2023 World Cup tracker.
Betting on the 2023 World Cup: Who is favored to win?
Although No. 3 Sweden is the highest-ranked team remaining in the World Cup field, the Swedes are not the odds-on favorite to win the title. BetMGM has No. 6 Spain a slight favorite as the top choice at odds of +180. No. 4 England is a close second at +188. Co-host Australia is +350 with Sweden the longest shot at +500.
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