The matchup between Israel and Spain may be the matinee at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla., on Friday, but it is certainly not the undercard.

The two top teams in the World Baseball Classic qualifying round will meet at 1 p.m. ET with a guaranteed spot in Sunday's final on the line. The loser will stay alive in the tournament, moving on to face the winner of Friday night's game between France and South Africa.

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"It's a pretty good team. They're well built. They have speed, power, average, depth -- it's a good team," said Mauro Mazzotti, Spain's manager. "But it's one ballgame. So, one ballgame, anything can happen."

Spain will start left-hander Richard Salazar against right-hander Justin Schumer, who will take the hill for Israel.

Schumer went 7-4 with a 4.87 ERA in 27 games, 23 of them starts, for the Class A San Jose Giants this season. Salazar, a 31-year-old former Orioles prospect, went 8-7 with a 4.08 ERA in 20 starts for Sioux City, an American Association club.

Israel breezed through its first-round game against South Africa, claiming a 7-3 victory on Wednesday that was only that close because of some shaky pitching in the bottom of the ninth. Backed by a supportive crowd and a desire to make the country's first appearance in the Classic a memorable one, Israel looked to live up to some of the early hype proclaiming it the best team in this bracket.

"Going out there, wearing 'Israel' across my chest -- and I know everyone else in the locker room felt the same -- it was a special day, a special moment," outfielder Adam Greenberg said. "Obviously, coming out on top, what's better than that?"

But the Spanish team can make the same argument, having rolled over France, 8-0, on Thursday night. Spain doesn't have as many big names or quite the inspiring narrative, but it's the only team in this bracket that can match Israel's collection of Minor League talent. That was on full display on Thursday night, when Rangers prospect Engel Beltre went 3-for-5 with a triple.

"We've just got to come out and continue playing, and playing hard," said shortstop Paco Figueroa, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs in the win over France.

No matter who wins on Friday, the two teams figure to meet again on Sunday in the final game of this modified double-elimination qualifying pool, with the ultimate goal of appearing in March's main tournament and making their respective home countries proud.

"You see the energy in the crowd," said Israel first baseman Nate Freiman, who hit two solo homers on Wednesday. "This means a lot to a lot of people, including all of us, so we're really happy with how it started. But we're also not going to lose sight that we have another game coming up, and [we're] setting our sights on that one."