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POR vs SPA Match Result - FIFA WC 2018
Portugal
3 - 3
FT
Spain
Cristiano Ronaldo (P) 4'
Cristiano Ronaldo 44'
Cristiano Ronaldo 88'
24' Diego Costa
55' Diego Costa
58' Nacho
PEEP! PEEP! PEEEEEEEEP! FULL TIME! AN ABSOLUTE CLASSIC ENDS RONALDO 3 - 3 SPAIN!

What a game. Cristiano Ronaldo took it by the scruff of the neck, ably supported by a superb Portuguese outfit. Spain were superb too - barring De Gea - and neither side deserved to lose that. 

What a game. That's all from me, an exhausted - but over the moon Anirudh Menon signing out. 

Toodle-ooo!
90' + 4' Spain pass it around. They've had enough it looks like. 
90' +3' Ronaldo goes down with a touch of cramp
90' + 2' OH! QUARESMA! The magician sends Nacho to fetch a pail of water before lashing a shot at goal, that Pique throws himself at. The ball gets played out, Quaresma curls a lovely ball into the box and Ronaldo misses from five yards. HOW! 
90' +1' They play it short again, and Raphael Guerreiro swings it into nothingness.
90' Andre Silva holds off Nacho and wins a freekick. They hack it clear, but Moutinho floats a lovely out-ball to win another
89' I need to catch my breath... you need to catch your breath. We need to catch our breath.  
OH MY GOOD F***KING LORD! WHAT IS THIS MAN! WHAT. IS. THIS. MAN. He hasn't scored a fucking freekick for a decade, and he absolutely larrumps it into the back of the net. This is Cristiano Ronaldo's 51st career hattrick. 
 87' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAL! RONAAAAAAAAAAAAALDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
86' Substitution for Spain as Lucas Vazquez is coming on for David Silva. AND OH! Ronaldo kills a steepler dead with a velvety touch and draws a foul from Pique. 
84' Andre Silva runs into Busquets and wants a foul. The ref rightly asks him to get on with it. 
82' Iago Aspas gets on to the ball after around 1,376th minute of Spanish possession and he has a go at goal from inside the box. It's a hapless shot. 
81' This is death by a thousand passes. Portugal are pressing like mad-men, Spain are passing it like they don't give a damn. 
80' Andre Silva is thrown on for Goncalo Guedes. Senor Santos has hoisted that good ol' kitchen sink on to his shoulders now. 
79' OH! HIGH DRAMA IN THE SPANISH BOX! Cedric lofts a ball into space -- Ronaldo almost charges it down but ends up running into Pique and De Gea... the ball bounces out to Quaresma and then onto his hand. The ref blows for a Spain freekick as the Portuguese half-heartedly appeal for a pen for the Ronaldo incident.  
77' Hierro takes off Diego Costa for Iago Aspas. Spain are looking to pass their way to keeping hold of this win, now. 
76' Spain are allowing Ronaldo and Quaresma space to run at them. Not the wisest ploy. Quaresma then tries to trivela his way to goal from a fair distance out and from a nonsensical angle. Of course he does. It balloons into row Z. Of course it does. 
75' ... Thiago dribbles his way past Moutinho with absurd ease before slipping it to Isco. Who gets stopped in his tracks by an excellent Cedric tackle
74' Spain are passing it around the back under some serious pressure from the Portugal high press. And they pass their way out of it... 
73' Another dreamy Ramos crossfield - Nacho turn combination sets Spain on their way. They pass it into the middle where Isco runs straight into traffic. Portugal start from the back
72' Quaresma's first meaningful contribution is to win Portugal a corner. They play it short, Moutinho loops it to Pepe, who heads it deep - Ronaldo keeps it play but Ramos hacks clear
71' OH COSTA! After a bit of passing it around, Silva slips it to Isco - who slips it to Costa... WHO CONNECTS WITH NAUGHT BUT FRESH AIR. OUCH!
70' Alba almost sells Ramos short with a hopeless ball and Cristiano Ronaldo is this close to latching onto it. Spain regain composure, Nacho sends Guedes into another dimension with a body feint and Spain surge forward.
69' Substitution again for Portugal as that absolute magician Ricardo Quaresma comes on for Bernardo Silva. Hierro takes of a tired looking Iniesta for Thiago Alcantara 
67' Change for Portugal as Joao Mario comes on for Bruno Fernandes
66' A slight lull in this absolute classic... and just as I type that out Bernardo Silva decides to run into the box -- it looks interesting, till he forgets the ball halfway through the run. Aiy. 
64' Sergio Ramos Xabi Alonsos a ball out to Nacho - the difference maker then ends up crossing it into the hands of Rui Patricio. Joao Mario is stripped down and ready to come on, by the by
63' The corner is deep, Guedes heads it down to Pepe who tries to force his way through a crowded box; but Ramos is having absolutely none of that. Isco dances forward, nutmegs Bernardo Silva and forces the Portuguese to run into his compatriot Moutinho. Isco DISCO
62' OOOH! Another lovely flick from Ronaldo frees up Bruno Fernandes who wins a corner off Ramos. 
61' Pepe almost lets Ronaldo loose into the Spanish third with a thumping headed clearance, but Ronaldo can't control the ball. Pique then clears the ball into touch. 
60' Guerreiro's ball is not the best, and Nacho clears well. Good minute odd of football for the Real Madrid lad. 
59' Cristiano Ronaldo is an angry man, he runs at Nacho with real purpose and wins a freekick, before jogging into the box awaiting the delivery. 
OH MY GOOD LORD! OH. MY. GOOD. LORD. After a bit of pinball inside the box, the ball bounced out to Nacho - who absolutely LEATHERED IT ON THE VOLLEY. That clanged off the post in the most pleasing manner. SPAIN HAVE THE LEAD NOW! WHAT A GAME!
58' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAL!!! NAAAAAACHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
57' Spain are looking to pass Portugal to death right now. The passing carousel, as Sir Alex Ferguson so memorably described the Barca midfield machine. 
56' Ronaldo heads it on, Guedes looks to take on Ramos and goes down. The ref asks him to dust off his backside and get on with it. The Portuguese are not a happy lot with that decision. 
Another most un-Spanish goal for Costa! Iniesta pings it deep into Busquets, the Catalan nods it across the face of goal where Costa is on hand to tap it. Tony Pulis is sat somewhere in the Midlands nodding his head in approval. 
55' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! COSTAAAAAAAAAA!
54' WOOF! A lovely drop of the shoulder allows Guerrero to slip past Isco, but Spain regain possession and Iniesta returns the favour with a feint of his own, and this time he wins a freekick off Moutinho
53' Pepe looks to release Guedes on the counter, but he overhits it. Spain have the ball and they start again.
51' Nacho, David Silva, and Koke play keep ball in the Portuguese third. The men in red don't really give a damn, and allow them to continue playing their 'harmless' sideways balls. Silva look to change it up with a disguised ball to Costa, but Pepe reads it superbly and smacks it clear
49' Ronaldo does superbly to hold up the ball as Portugal finally move forward with intent -- he moves it onto Bernardo Silva, and the City lad finds Guerrero on the opposite flank with a sublime crossfield; but the move breaks down as Iniesta intercepts. The great man tries to dribble his way out of the half, Bruno Fernandes robs him off it, before curling a useless shot well wide of David De Gea's far post
47' Isco drops deep once again to get things going, and this results in Spain moving their passing session about fifty yards ahead. But Silva strays offside as they look for that one penetrating ball -- and they have to start all over again now. 
46' Spain are knocking it about with a patience that would be beyond most football teams. Most human beings, in fact. 
PEEP! WE ARE OFF AGAIN as Cristiano Ronaldo gets things going. No changes to either side
PEEP! PEEP! HALFTIME!

CRISTIANO RONALDO 2 - 1 SPAIN

Ronaldo won the penatly, and smacked it in. For the second, Ronaldo took the shot, and the chance, as he has always done in his career. What a beast of a man. 

At the other end, Spain have looked menacing, Isco dancing his disco around hapless men in red shirts, Diego Costa bullying men who are not used to being bullied, Iniesta gliding on water. 

But the unthinkable separates the two sides. A David De Gea blunder. As we live and breathe. 

It's been an immense game of football. By God, the World Cup has started. 
45' + 1' Spain win a corner, but it comes to nothing 
AI! AI! AI! A hack forward is controlled superbly by Guedes, he takes a shot that bounces off Ramos into Ronaldo's feet. The great man smacks it at goal and DE GEA LETS IT SLIP BETWEEN HIS GLOVES, ROB GREEN STYLE. No, seriously. De Gea. Rob Green. The same sentence. 
44' GOOOOOOOOOOOAL! RONALDOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!
43' OI! Guerreiro hacks an Alba ball away with an unorthodox ball but nothing comes off the corner. So all's well that ends well
42' Silva and Isco combine down the right to send the Madrid man dancing into the middle, and from the edge of the box, Isco lashes one into Patricio's grateful gloves
41' Diego Costa goes down as Pepe lets him know he's still around. That would have hurt - for once, Costa isn't putting up an act. 
40' Spain's pressing, though, is intense and Portugal lose possession with the minute. Fernando Hierro screams at his charges -- he wants more intensity. They'll die on their feet if they press with more intensity, Fernando you legend, you. 
39' AH! Busquets leaps over Ramos, and Pepe, and heads the ball into row Z. Portugal take the chance to knock it around a little, and move the Spanish team a little further into their pitch. 
38' The excellent Alba has taken up station just outside the Portuguese box, and as Iniesta attempts to find him, Spain win a corner
37' Portugal are getting a touch testy now. Their attacks look nervous and unco-ordinated, they look like they've got one less man on the pitch than Spain, and Raphael Guerreiro sending a cross into orbit (with three in the box) doesn't help matters
36' Spain are strangulating Portugal into their own defensive third. When they kick it long it's Ronaldo vs Ramos -- the best aerial duel you're likely to see this World Cup; Ramos wins this round 
35' OH! OH! OH! INIESTA! A superb flick from Costa sets off Alba - who plays in Iniesta immediately. The great man takes a moment, looks up, and curls a low shot that whistles this wide off the far post 
34' Bernardo Siva gets bullied off the ball with contemptuous ease by a backtracking Diego Costa and Spain build-up menacingly again. 
33' OH! WHAT! OH! Bernardo Silva took a fast throw that set Ronaldo off into acres of space, but it turns out that the throw was supposed to be Spain's so the ref calls everyone back. Cristiano doesn't look best pleased. His 33 year old legs can't sprint uselessly these days, you know. 
32' Pepe's so annoyed he's screamed up the field to foul Sergio Busquets on the centre-circle. The Portuguese battleship is rocking!
31' it's all Spain right now, Portugal are chasing shadows. The ball's found it's new (old) best friend
29' And after all that, Silva smacks it into the wall. The ball comes back into the Portuguese via Koke and an insane first touch from Busquets but the Portguese back-line holds strong and slowly move the red wall forward -- till Moutinho hacks a horrible crossfield out of play. 
28' They take an age to arrange the wall
27' Yellow for Bruno Fernandes as he hacks at Nacho Fernandez just outside the box. David Silva likes the look of this one. 
26' OH GOOD LORD HAVE SPAIN COME TO THE PARTY! Iniesta almost finds Alba with the most incredible ball you'll see. The ball bounces out to Isco from Fonte's tackle and the little magician curls it onto the bar, where it bounces ON THE LINE before Patricio claws it away! OH MY! 
WHAT A GOAL! WHAT AN UN-SPANISH GOAL! Busquets hoofs it forward, Costa bullies Fonte in the air, traps it dead at his feet; turns Pepe inside out and absolutely larrumps it past Patricio in goal. 
24' GOOOOOOOOOOAL! DIEGO COSTA!
22' OH PORTUGAL! Pepe heads the ball clear with authority, Guedes flicks it on, Bernardo Silva sends it to Ronaldo, who immediately returns it but the City man takes an unnecessary extra touch and Pique hacks it clear
21' OH INIESTA! AH INIESTA! What. Wow. The great man glides past Cedric like he isn't there and then suddenly stops, sending Moutinho into the advertising hoardings. He plays it to Silva; who smacks it off Fonte for a corner. 
20' Carvalho misplaces a simple pass, Isco pounces and a wave of white flows forward - Costa, though, runs into Fonte and Spain get nowhere
19' WOOF! Spain are finding their feet slowly, but surely. A twinkle-toes shuffle from Silva allows him to escape the attentions of Moutinho and play a ball into Costa -- but the ball's got too much oomph to it, and Fonte safely sees it out of play
18' ...Ronaldo takes, Ronaldo knocks out Nacho in the wall, Spain have the ball now. Sigh. Why does he keep trying?
17' Yellow for Busquets as he slides into Moutinho. Freekick in a position that's perfect for Bernardo Silva. So you know who'll take it... 
16' Isco sends Cedric for a glass of Vodka and a plate of Caviar with a shuffle of his hips but his cross is too deep for David Silva. Fonte intercepts and immediately plays it to Ronaldo; the superstar moves it to Guedes with a delicious flick of his right boot, 2 v 2, Guedes hangs on to it for a bit too much, and Pique wins that battle. 
14' Spain are rondo-ing Portugal now. Rat-a-tat-a-tat go the men in white. Till Alba loops a useless ball into the hands of Rui Patricio. With Costa outside the box, I don't know how he was expecting David Silva to beat Pepe and Jose Fonte in the air. 
13' They play it short and Isco and Silva almost work their way unheeded into the six-yard box but a desperate Pepe challenge makes sure nothing comes off that Spain attack. 
12' Alba bombs forward, Pepe comes out to see him - but the Barca man finds Isco, who's playing better and better as the match progresses, and the Madrid man wins a corner 
11' Ohoho! Alba runs into Cedric as he chases an Isco dink, Signor Rucchi asks the Catalan to dust himself off and get on with it. 
10' ... OOO! Their first coherent move forward, and Spain create a decent chance! Alba swings in a delicious ball into the box that Costa bullies Pepe and Fonte into giving away... the ball lands at Silva's feet but the City man slips just as he's connecting; and that's into the Black Sea for the ball. 
9' Now it's Iniesta dropping deep, the Spanish midfield machine is starting to purr slowly again... 
8' Nacho throws the ball straight out of play from a throw-in he got near the corner flag. Ouch. Sums up the first 8 minutes, and 2 days, of Spain's World Cup campaign. 
7' Isco's dropped so deep that he's in between Rmaos and Pique. He wants the ball, he's seeing none of it up front. 
6' Spain are treating the ball like the RFEF did Julen Lopetegui. It's all Portugal at the moment. 
Oh my days, is this game on or what? Cristiano Ronaldo sends David De Gea the other way with the coolest penalty you're likely to see at this stage. The move that led to Nacho fouling Ronaldo was sublime as well. These lads can play, alright. 
4' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! RONALDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!
3' PENALTY FOR PORTUGAL! NACHO BUNDLES CRISTIANO RONALDO OVER! SIGNOR ROCCHI HAS NO HESITATION!
2' Portugal win it back, soon, though, and a completely useless - and therefore utterly brilliant - double stepover from Cristiano Ronaldo gets the crowd on it's feet. They pass it around a bit, before Gurreiro slips in Fernandes, who plays it to Guedes -- the Valencia lad tries to slip in Ronaldo but Ramos gets in the way.  
1' Pass, pass, pass, go the Spaniards as the 2018 World Cup ball gets acquainted with it's 2010 counterparts best friend. 
PEEP! WE ARE OFF! 

Portugal in their majestic deep-red shall be kicking from left to right as you'd see it on the telly. Spain, will kick off though, in their lovely all-white. 

It's Portugal. It's Spain. It's a goddamn blockbuster
For those too lazy to scroll down, here are the lineups once again

Portugal XI (4-4-2): Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes

Spain XI (4-2-3-1):  David De Gea; 'Nacho' Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Koke; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa

Referee -- that's important today -- Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Cristiano Ronaldo has belted out the Portuguese anthem with a gusto that he usually only reserves for the bastardisation of Handel, i.e. the Champions League anthem. The Spaniards have stood there looking stoic as their lyric-less anthem gets played out. 

Hands have been shaken, photos have been taken, a coin is about to be tossed. 

Ronaldo and Ramos are staring each other in the face. THIS IS ON. 
Fernando Santos spent much of the press conference assuring the world's journalists that he was going for the win today. He's going to, as his most famous compatriot-coach once said - "Park the Bus", isn't he?

Guedes to nick it on a counter. 
The TV Cameras are all behind Cristiano Ronaldo - of they are - and boy, does he look good in the black Portuguese training tee. But on the idiot box, Wes Brown makes a rather valid point about Pepe, who they quickly pick out. 

He looks as menacing as ever -- Pepe is going to be so key to this campaign for Portugal, his thuggery and general skulduggery hides one of modern football's best defenders; capable of coming out and defending on the front foot, or hanging back and picking out interceptions, depending on his partner and the requirements of the match.

On the other side, the chemistry between Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique is going to be more important than ever before. Best friends, greatest enemies, those two are quite something else. 
Portugal vs Spain - Managers Speaketh

Fernando Santos is the most cautiously, erm... cautious manager on the planet: “We are still far from ideal, it is with the championship that we will grow. There are some things to fine-tune, there are players who are playing for the first time together in this selection.”

He said that after Portugal dismantled Algeria 3-0.

Fernando Hierro, Spain's coach of 48 hours, was all about focus: "We’re here to fight for the World Cup. The team is excited. We’ve got a great opportunity and that has to be the focus. My job is the Portugal game, then the next one, and the next… We’ve got fans and a country who are excited [about the World Cup]. The feedback I’ve had has been really good. The group is really tight, mature; they’re going to have dinner together today. The players are used to coaches coming and going. I know they’re going to give it all they’ve got, 100%. In a World Cup nobody gives you anything. We all know what it means.”

I just had a thought -- Can you see Ronaldo trying to get Ramos sent off the way he did for his then 'best friend' Wayne Rooney in 2006? Twitter would bloody explode, wouldn't it?
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It's on! Like we'd thought for Portugal, they're playing a 4-4-2, that neatly segues into a 4-2-2-2; this will help them stifle Spain's midfield superiority while the pace of Goncalo Guedes and the sheer awesomeness of Cristiano Ronaldo can give any defence - even one including the two best centre-backs of their generation - and that's what Fernando Santos is going to be counting on. 

Fernando Hierro meanwhile likes the solidity that Koke and Busquets brings to the base of midfield - they can pass their way out of trouble, or fight their way out - while you'll struggle to see a more majestic attacking midfield than Isco, David Silva and Andres freakin' Iniesta. Add Diego Costa to the mix (and put him against Pepe) and what you've got is absolute brilliance. 

Let's hope it's better than the two games we saw today, eh?
PORTUGAL VS SPAIN - CONFIRMED LINEUPS

Portugal XI (4-4-2):
Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes

Spain XI (4-2-3-1):  David De Gea; 'Nacho' Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Koke; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa
Portugal vs Spain - Preview

The Portuguese head into the World Cup with their first ever major trophy in the bag - the European Championships - and they're not the happy-go-lucky entertainers of World Cups yore. Fernando Santos has moulded the side in his image, strong, dour, no-nonsense -- with the flair being limited to the one man no one can tell what to do.

As good as the collective is, and they really are rather good, the narrative will always be about Cristiano Ronaldo. Win, lose, draw -- it will all be his success, or his failure. If the internet loves only one thing more than a Cristiano Ronaldo triumph, it's a Cristiano Ronaldo debacle. At 33, this is arguably his last shot at attaining immortality with a good showing at the grandest stage of them all -- he's had rubbish outings the previous 3 times, and there's no way he will want that to be his World Cup legacy.

The Spanish are, of course, much more of a unit and they came into this World Cup hot, hot, favourites on the back of some stunning displays of passing, attacking, football -- none more impressive than their 6-1 defenestration of Argentina in a friendly not so long ago -- but nothing's the same now. Nothing.

Julen Lopetegui, their unbeaten manager of two years, was sacked just day before yesterday - the RFEF furious with the way he and Real Madrid connived to strike a deal behind their back just days after he'd signed an extension and in order to show that they aren't pushovers, they fired him. Then and there. Madness.  The players wanted him to stay, he wanted to stay -- but none of that could assauge the hurt, and the violation of simple professional ethics, born out of Lopetegui's conduct, and so he had to go. 

Fernando Hierro - who's been with the team for nigh on a decade in various capacities - is in charge now, and it'll upto the players, especially the seniors like Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, to motivate themselves and drive them to the heights that they hit in 2010. 

And they don't get to ease into it. Portugal as first opponents was never going to be easy, but right now? OOO LA LA... 

This is going to be an absolute cracker of a match, and I'm going to back with the official lineups as soon as they are announced. See you in a bit. 
Portugal vs Spain - Kickoff time, Venue, TV Schedule, Live Streaming details

Kickoff time: 9:00 PM Local Time | 11.30 PM IST (that's 2330 for you, soldier) | 7:00 PM UK 
Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium, Sochi
TV Schedule: Ten 2, Ten 2 HD in India, ITV in the UK, SuperSport in Nigeria, Fox in the US
Live Stream: Sonyliv - but why disturb the folks when you can just follow it here!

Portugal vs Spain - Team News

For Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo is fit and firing -- does anything else matter?

Andre Silva's nosedive in form has given Fernando Santos plenty to chew on, but he might have just struck a pot of gold with his idea of starting Goncalo Guedes up top alongside his captain.

While he likes to have the guile of Bernardo Silva drifting in from the right -- but it's a toss-up between the industry of Bruno Fernandes and the flair of Gelson Martins on the opposite flank. Or the madness of Ricardo Quaresma. His decision could well decide the tone and rhythm of the match.

For Spain, the federation fired their coach day before yesterday -- does anything else matter? 

Fernando Hierro -- who's been with this team for 8+ years now -- is in charge, but there surely must be a sense of unrest amongst the members. Quite a lot of people feel the RFEF had no choice but to fire Julen Lopetegui, me included, from the simple point of view that they can't afford to let anyone or any club walk all over them.

But right now, none of that matters. Lopetegui's Spain play a very fluid, pass-pass-pass style of football that's immensely pleasing on the eye; but with Messrs Ramos, Koke, and Costa in the side they aren't lightweights who can be bullied off the ball, either.

Hierro will now have to decide if he wants to change the Lopetegui gameplan up or stick to the original. Will be interesting, for sure.

Portugal vs Spain - Probable Lineups

Portugal Predicted XI (4-4-2)
: Rui Patricio; Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, William Carvalho, Bruno Fernandes; Cristiano Ronaldo, Goncalo Guedes

Spain Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):  David De Gea; 'Nacho' Fernandez, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara; Andres Iniesta, Isco, David Silva; Diego Costa

Spain vs Portugal - Form Guide (all competitions - most recent first)

The Portuguese have been in some decent form; and with Guedes coming in, there's a sense of urgency coming through and woe betide those who underestimate them.

Portugal: WDDLWW

Most recent game: 08/06/18: Portugal 3 - 0 Algeria

Spain have been untouchable. Like that 6-1 evisceration of Argentina showed, they can pass-and-scythe anyone to death. But that was Julen Lopetegui's Spain.

Spain: WDWDWW

Most recent game: 10/06/18: Spain 1 - 0 Tunisia

Portugal vs Spain - Head to Head

Games Played: 35

The two Iberians are old foes and share a rich footballing history, but this will only be the second time they're meeting on the greatest stage of 'em all. The first ended 1-0 in favour of Spain during the round-of-16 in South Africa '10.

Portugal Wins: 6

Spain Wins:  16

Draws: That is but elementary [math], my dear Watson. Really, really, elementary

Portugal vs Spain - Prediction

Portugal meanwhile will be driven by the almighty will of Cristiano Ronaldo, and we all know what a collective with such a driven force behind them can do. 

Spain can be one of two things -- distraught at the loss of their coach and depressed, or distraught at the loss of their coach and determined to hold up his legacy by smacking all in front of them. Everything depends on which of those Spains turns up. 

Prediction? Portugal 1 - 2 Spain​
Cristiano Ronaldo
88'
86'
Lucas Vázquez
David Silva
André Silva
Gonçalo Guedes
80'
77'
Iago Aspas
Diego Costa
70'
Thiago Alcântara
Iniesta
Ricardo Quaresma
Bernardo Silva
69'
João Mário
Bruno Fernandes
68'
58'
Nacho
55'
Diego Costa
assist: Sergio Busquets
Cristiano Ronaldo
assist: Gonçalo Guedes
44'
Bruno Fernandes
28'
24'
Diego Costa
17'
Sergio Busquets
Cristiano Ronaldo, Penalty
4'
Spain (4-3-3)
Fernando Ruiz Hierro (Manager)
1
Rui Patrício
5
Raphaël Guerreiro
6
José Fonte
3
Pepe
21
Cédric Soares
16
Bruno Fernandes
14
William Carvalho
8
João Moutinho
11
Bernardo Silva
7
Cristiano Ronaldo
17
Gonçalo Guedes
1
David de Gea
18
Jordi Alba
15
Sergio Ramos
3
Piqué
4
Nacho
6
Iniesta
5
Sergio Busquets
8
Koke
22
Isco
19
Diego Costa
21
David Silva
Spain (4-3-3)
Fernando Ruiz Hierro (Manager)
Portugal Subs
20
Ricardo Quaresma
15
Ricardo Pereira
22
Beto
18
Gelson Martins
12
Anthony Lopes
10
João Mário
23
Adrien Silva
2
Bruno Alves
13
Rúben Dias
19
Mário Rui
4
Manuel Fernandes
9
André Silva
Spain Subs
10
Thiago Alcântara
13
Kepa
20
Marco Asensio
17
Iago Aspas
14
Azpilicueta
2
Daniel Carvajal
16
Nacho Monreal
9
Rodrigo
12
Álvaro Odriozola
23
Pepe Reina
11
Lucas Vázquez
7
Saúl
34% POSSESSION 66%
9 SHOTS 13
3 SHOTS ON GOAL 6
12 FOULS 10
4 CORNERS 5
1 OFFSIDES 3
1 YELLOW CARDS 1
0 RED CARDS 0
3 SAVES 0
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 5 9
2 Russia 3 2 0 1 4 6
3 Saudi Arabia 3 1 0 2 -5 3
4 Egypt 3 0 0 3 -4 0
Group B
1 Spain 3 1 2 0 1 5
2 Portugal 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Iran 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Morocco 3 0 1 2 -2 1
Group C
1 France 3 2 1 0 2 7
2 Denmark 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Peru 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Australia 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group D
1 Croatia 3 3 0 0 6 9
2 Argentina 3 1 1 1 -2 4
3 Nigeria 3 1 0 2 -1 3
4 Iceland 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group E
1 Brazil 3 2 1 0 4 7
2 Switzerland 3 1 2 0 1 5
3 Serbia 3 1 0 2 -2 3
4 Costa Rica 3 0 1 2 -3 1
Group F
1 Sweden 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Mexico 3 2 0 1 -1 6
3 Korea Republic 3 1 0 2 0 3
4 Germany 3 1 0 2 -2 3
Group G
1 Belgium 3 3 0 0 7 9
2 England 3 2 0 1 5 6
3 Tunisia 3 1 0 2 -3 3
4 Panama 3 0 0 3 -9 0
Group H
1 Colombia 3 2 0 1 3 6
2 Japan 3 1 1 1 0 4
3 Senegal 3 1 1 1 0 4
4 Poland 3 1 0 2 -3 3
MATCH DETAILS
Tournament FIFA WC 2018 - Week 1
Stadium Olimpiyskiy Stadion Fisht
Match time Fri, 15 Jun 2018, 11:30 PM
Updated: Jun 16, 2018 01:22 AM | Published: Jun 15, 2018 23:55 PM
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