Spain will start Victor Valdes in goal against Nigeria

Valdes (center) has been confined to the bench through Spain's first two games of the tournament.
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FORTALEZA, Brazil (AP) -- Victor Valdes will start in goal for World Cup winners Spain against Nigeria on Sunday, the third different goalkeeper coach Vicente del Bosque will have used in three matches at the Confederations Cup.

Del Bosque showed his team's depth by changing 10 of his 11 starters in a lopsided 10-0 victory over Tahiti in the last match. But he says he'll return to "basically the same lineup'' he used in the 2-1 opening game victory over Uruguay. Spain will advance to the semifinals with at least a draw against Nigeria and would face Italy.

Del Bosque says the schedule at the Confederations Cup has guaranteed "that all players have been able to play their share.'' Iker Casillas started in goal for Spain against Uruguay, while Pepe Reina faced Tahiti.

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