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Thursday, 13 June, 2002, 03:44 GMT 04:44 UK
McCarthy makes Ireland underdogs
Mick McCarthy has been very impressed with Spanish striker Raul
McCarthy believes the Irish can cause a big upset
Ireland coach Mick McCarthy has cast his team into the role of underdog ahead of their second-round match against Spain.

The sides compete on Sunday for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals.

And McCarthy has revealed that he will be paying particular attention to Spanish goal ace Raul during build-up to the big game.

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I don't think Spain will relish the prospect of playing us - they will think they have a tough game ahead
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Mick McCarthy

He watched Spain's final group B match on television after arriving with his squad in South Korea and was impressed by what he saw in the 3-2 win over South Africa.

"Spain are obviously a very good side and have come through with nine points from their group which tells its own story," McCarthy said.

"From what I've seen I would definitely put us in the role of underdog.

"For the third goal I thought Raul made a great movement off the shoulder of Lucas Radebe. I had him as my player of the year two years ago - he's up there with Rivaldo."

Despite the obvious depth of talent in Spain's squad, McCarthy is confident that his side can pull of an upset.

"We are here to have a go and I don't think Spain will relish the prospect of playing us. They will look at us and think they have a tough game ahead."


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