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Spain And Portugal In Lukewarm Stalemate Ahead Of Euro 2020

Spain and Portugal each lacked firepower as they drew 0-Zero in a pleasant heat up for the European Championships on the Metropolitano in Madrid on Friday. The match was each an event to formally launch the 2 nations launching a joint bid to host the 2030 World Cup and for the hosts to check out a new-look defence. Cristiano Ronaldo had a irritating evening on his first recreation in Madrid since leaving Real in 2018 and got here near scoring twice and arrange an excellent likelihood Diogo Jota did not make the most of.

Backed by Joao Felix, Ronaldo was largely neutralised by Barcelona pair Sergio Busquets and Thiago Alcantara in a decent residence midfield in entrance of a remodelled defence.

“It was a very good test for us and I think we will all be ready for the European Championship,” mentioned Spain coach Luis Enrique. “In the first 60 minutes we managed to almost completely cancel out the reigning European champions, they almost didn’t make three passes in a row,”

Alvaro Morata got here closest to scoring for Spain lacking two clear possibilities and hitting the bar in stoppage time.

“I think we made enough chnaces to score,” mentioned Luis Enrique. “I don’t get angry when my players miss chances, I’m never going to reproach my players for not being able to take their chances.”

Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte made his debut after choosing Spain forward of his native France.

Luis Enrique with Laporte and his centre again associate Pau Torres

“I thought they were both exceptional, dominant, with character, putting pressure on the Portuguese strikers.”

Portugal coach Fernando Santos was much less happy.

“We can do better, I’ll be talking with the lads and we have the quality to improve,” he mentioned. “They gave everything and it’ll serve us well.”

“We have the consistency to hope to win titles,” he added.

Some 14,743 masked followers attended at Atletico Madrid’s 68,000-seat Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

They whistled when Luis Enrique’s title was learn out earlier than kick off and sung an anti-Morata chant when the striker hit the bar.

In the nationwide workforce’s first recreation with a house crowd at Madrid’s Metropolitano, some spectators whistled his title when the line-ups had been introduced, however Luis Enrique mentioned that 


“It doesn’t affect me if they whistle or applaud me,” mentioned the coach. “It bothers me that they do that to my players.”

Spain proceed their heat up for the Euros with a match towards Lithuania on Tuesday whereas Portugal subsequent tackle Israel on Wednesday in Lisbon.

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