Spain v Portugal Live Commentary & Result, 04/06/2021, Friendlies

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16′ Spain have won 16 of their 37 games against Portugal (D15 L6), more than against any other national side alongside France (GP35 W16 D7 L12) and Switzerland (GP22 W16 D5 L1).

14′ Oliveira is caught on the ball and he swipes Morata’s legs out from under him in an attempt to win it back. The referee plays an advantage as Thiago switches play out to Ferran Torres, but his cross is blocked by Semedo.

12′ Portugal break quickly upfield as they try to get on the front foot and Jota pulls into space on the left again. He curls a good cross into the box, but it’s just behind Joao Felix and Ronaldo can’t find a way past Ruiz after latching onto the loose ball.

10′ Ferran Torres plays a one-two with Ruiz to get out of a tight spot in the left of the box before chipping his cross into the middle of the box. Llorente is waiting for it but fluffs his volleyed shot and Pepe clears his lines.

8′ Gaya plays a one-two with Ferran Torres down the left to open up some space for himself before curling a deep cross into the box. It’s way too high for Morata and Sarabia can’t keep it in play at the far post.

6′ Jota spins away from Sarabia before trying to pick out Guerreiro’s overlapping run ahead of him down the left wing just as Thiago slides in. Simon is quickly out of his box to clear the danger though.

4′ Llorente plays a hopeful pass down the right and Sarabia does really well to keep it in play at the byline and fizzes a cross into the middle. Fonte gets an important touch on it to take it away from Morata.

2′ Portugal have made a bright start and are putting Spain under some early pressure. Pereira plays a good throughball into Ronaldo, who drops deep to reach it, but he came back from an offside position and the flag goes up.


1′ Morata gets the game underway for Spain! 

The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

Portugal are winless in their last three meetings with Spain (D2 L1). Their last win against the hosts came back in November 2010 when they beat them 4-0 in a friendly match.

Fernando Santos also makes six changes, with some key players missing due to playing in the Champions League final. Ronaldo once again leads the line, with Jota, Joao Felix, Sanches and Fonte also retaining their places.

Luis Enrique names a strong side and makes six changes to the one that started their last game in March. Laporte makes his first start after switching his international allegiance from France. Pau Torres, Gaya, Ruiz, Thiago and Sarabia also come in.

PORTUGAL SUBS: Joao Moutinho, Anthony Lopes, Bruno Fernandes, Pote, William Carvalho, Joao Palhinha, Andre Silva, Rafa, Ruben Neves, Rui Silva, Nuno Mendes.

PORTUGAL STARTING XI (4-3-3): Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, Pepe, Jose Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro; Sergio Oliveira, Danilo Pereira, Renato Sanches; Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Felix.

SPAIN SUBS: Eric Garcia, Pedri, Cesar Azpilicueta, Dani Olmo, Rodrigo, Koke, David de Gea, Diego Llorente, Gerard Moreno, Robert Sanchez, Jordi Alba, Mikel Oyarzabal.

SPAIN STARTING XI (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Marcos Llorente, Aymeric Laporte, Pau Torres, Jose Gaya; Thiago Alcantara, Sergio Busquets, Fabian Ruiz; Pablo Sarabia, Alvaro Morata, Ferran Torres.

Both sides are starting their preparation for the Euros, with the tournament now just around the corner. It’s a different Spain side from previous tournaments, but they come into the game in good form, having lost just one of their last 22 in all competitions (W14 D7) and are unbeaten in their last six outings. As for Portugal, they’ve lost just one of their last 11 games in all competitions(W8 D2) and are unbeaten in their previous four.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly between Spain and Portugal at the Wanda Metropolitano!

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