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Draw to zero in the friendly between Portugal and Spain

8 October, 2020
Empate a cero en el amistoso entre Portugal y España

Draw to zero in the friendly between Portugal and Spain. The Iberian duel ended without goals. A match in which the Spanish team was superior in game and strategy. Adama Traoré made his debut in the first team and had a brilliant game. Ansu Fati did not play and we will have to wait for a new meeting for the long-awaited duel with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Despite being a friendly, the match between Portugal and Spain promised spectacle and goals. Luis Enrique’s team was superior and created danger in the opposing goal from the first minute, against a sleepy Portugal, without initiative and clearly inferior. In the first minutes of the game, Gerard Moreno and Dani Olmo had clear scoring chances. Like his compatriot, Sergio Canales.

Danger without goal

Draw to zero in the friendly between Portugal and Spain. The Spanish team did not know how to take advantage of the clear scoring chances and ended the match with a bittersweet flavor. After finishing the game, Luis Enrique was satisfied with the team’s game, “I think we have been better than Portugal. We have dominated the game. It is true that they in transitions have had their two shots at the sticks, but also we have had ours. ”

For their part, Portugal stepped up their game and had clear scoring chances in the second half. A ball from Cristiano Ronaldo and another from Renato Sanches could have given Portugal victory.

The starting eleven of the Spanish team was full of news. A new era of new players who hope to win titles and go down in history as their predecessors Iker Casillas, Andrés Iniesta or Xavi Hernández did.

Luis Enrique was daring to trust a 4-3-3 and a renewed team. In the Asturian’s starting lineup, only four LaLiga players were present, Sergi Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Sergio Canales and Gerard Moreno. Eric García, Rodrigo, Ceballos, Kepa, Reguilón and Diego Llorente played in the Premier League. And from the Bundesliga, Dani Olmo.

UEFA Nations League

Luis Enrique’s strategy was to “give rest” to some heavyweights of the national team like Sergio Ramos. Ramos, the captain of the selection was substitute and left in minute 82. The star of the Barça, Ansu Fati, did not play. Spanish coach wanted to reserve the young footballer for the UEFA Nations League matches against Switzerland and Ukraine.

The Spanish team hopes to be able to play the second leg of the UEFA Nations League against Ukraine despite the three positives for coronavirus in the Ukrainian team. The match is scheduled for next Tuesday, October 13. In the match played on September 6, Luis Enrique’s men thrashed Ukraine by four goals to zero and in which Ansu Fati shone and made a spectacular match. A few days before, on Saturday October 10, the Swiss team will be measured.

Data sheet

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cancelo, Pepe (Dias, min. 46), Rúben Semedo, Guerreiro (Nélson Semedo, min. 68); Neves, Moutinho (William Carvalho, min. 46), Renato Sanches; Trincao (Diogo Jota, min.79), André Silva (Bernardo Silva, min. 46) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Joao Félix, min.73).

Spain: Kepa; Sergi Roberto, Diego Llorente, Eric Garcia (Sergio Ramos, min.82), Reguilón (Gayà, min. 46); Ceballos (Campaña, min. 46), Busquets (Adama Traoré, min. 61), Canales (Rodri, min. 62); Olmo, Gerard Moreno and Rodrigo (Mikel Merino, min.46).

Goals: 0-0

Referee: Paolo Valeri

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