JUPITER, Fla. -- As expected from the time this World Baseball Classic qualifying round bracket was announced, Israel and Spain will meet on Sunday at 5 p.m. EST, with a spot in March's main tournament on the line.

The two teams first squared off on Friday afternoon, with Israel prevailing, 4-2. But due to the Classic's modified double-elimination rules, Spain does not need to beat Israel twice on Sunday to advance out of the qualifying round, so Sunday's game is truly a winner-take-all affair.

The game can be viewed at worldbaseballclassic.com and on tape delay on MLB Network at 8 p.m.

"Our work's not done," said Israel's first baseman Nate Freiman, who has dominated the pool with four homers and six RBIs in two games. "We don't have the luxury of being able to absorb a loss on Sunday."

According to South African manager Rick Magnante, whose team lost to both finalists, Israel has the edge, based strictly on talent.

"I would give Israel the hands-down advantage over Spain, because they're better," Magnante said. "This is a Double-A, Triple-A All-Star team they're putting out there on the field. [Spain is] older and experienced, but in terms of tools and skill-sets, athleticism, Israel's a better team. I'm not discounting [Spain]. I'm not saying anything disparaging about them."

Freiman was essentially the difference in these teams' last meeting. He clubbed two two-run homers, the only runs Israel could manage. Spain, meanwhile, piled up the hits but couldn't break through against an unyielding Israeli pitching staff.

That's why the key will be treading carefully around Freiman, Mazzotti said, forcing him to hit inside pitches rather than giving him the opportunity to extend his long arms and get a hold of his pitch. Spain will also need to come through with the timely hits that eluded them Friday if it hopes to advance to the main Classic tournament.

Spain proved it could rack up runs on Saturday night, cruising past South Africa, 13-3. But Freiman has been swinging a hot enough bat to carry Israel to one more win on his own.

Spain tried pitching around him in Friday's game by pounding him inside, but couldn't locate well enough to execute that plan. Spain catcher Adrian Nieto recognized the problem right away and knew the pitching staff would have to correct it before Sunday's rematch.

The Padres' Double-A prospect has been nothing short of unstoppable in his first two games, proving Brad Ausmus -- Israel's manager and a special assistant in the San Diego organization -- right for making Freiman Israel's No. 3 hitter.

"I caught some heat because people thought I was playing favoritism toward my own organization's player, but he's making me look good," Ausmus said.

Countered Mazzotti: "The odds are in our favor, because you cannot hit six home runs in a week. You know, sabermetrics."