Spain-Portugal (1-1): Pre-season draw in Seville

A goal from Horta in the 81st minute rescued the tie for the Portuguese, who saw how Spain took the lead in the 23rd minute with a goal from Morata in a good match against Luis Enrique’s men.

Spain started the Nations League with a tie in a game more typical of the preseason than of a serious competition. An equalizer that penalized an error from the back of those of Luis Enrique in the final stretch after dominating throughout the match a Portugal lazy.

The collection effort of FIFA Y UEFA has saturated the calendar with new competitions such as the Nations League wave Finalissima. Tournaments that the teams take with ease, to the point of becoming a tribute to Chiellini in his farewell to Italy or, as in this case, leaving Cristiano Ronaldo alternate. The former Madrid player has started few games on the bench in his career.

Serve as a symptom that the stands of the Villamarin They barely registered half an entrance, about 30,000 spectators. Against this background, the game started looking like a preseason game. Heat, a lot of touch, spaces… Despite the fact that Louis Henry iHe insisted on putting pressure on the Portuguese at the start, those from Saints they played judiciously and Spain ended up retreating to go against.

Morata’s goal

Rafael Leao He had the first clear chance after a quarter of an hour. The absence of Christian freed the Portuguese attackers, as they were not conditioned by their presence. Dynamism, association, long lanes… This Portugal, man for man, is a candidate to fight for the World Cup. However, he plays without a positional midfielder in the middle, and against Spainafter a recovery of Gavi, Sarabia attended to bruisewho overtook those of Luis Enrique. Five minutes later Carlos Soler was able to score the second in another counterattack. Portugal cradled the ball, but the sparks were Spanish. At the break, Morata’s goal was in command and the Portuguese complained about a penalty not awarded to Otavio.

Luis Enrique He left happy with the team’s performance. in midfield Busquets gave a placement exhibition, Gavi was very aggressive in the recovery and exit of the cons and Carlos Soler He was participatory in attack. That added to the sobriety of the defense, which was helped by a Portugal he wasn’t scared with the ball at his feet. The announced high pressure from Spain became an efficient counterattack exercise.

Duel ‘azulgrana’ in the medullary

The second part began with Portugal cutting the leak in the midfield, where Ruben Neves, the midfielder who wants the Barcelonajumped onto the field for an outmatched Moutinho. And the Portuguese took control of the game. Better placed in the field and with a little more hunger, which was not very difficult after the indolence of the first part, Spain began to suffer. had it Raphael Leo, but Unai Simón was impeccable with his foot. After the hour he entered the field Christian while Luis Enrique put legs in the medullary with Koke by to usually do and vertical with Daniel Olmo for Ferran inconsequential.

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Spain I played to the rhythm they marked Busquetswhich exceeded Xavi in number of caps (134), and especially a Gavi who was the one who took the game most seriously. Perhaps because he was a few kilometers from his house and there were many friends in the stands. of Thomas replaced bruise in the last stretch of the match to try to give the finishing touch to the Portuguese, who didn’t suffer much in the second half either.

Luis Enrique gave orders to sleep the game, something in which the Portuguese collaborated, who jumped into the Villamarin in official mode. those of Saints They were not a particularly demanding rival and they did not show that vertical and offensive version that is always expected from a team in which, in addition, Christian is it so Bernard Silva either Raphael Leo. Of Bruno Fernandes long time no news. Spain had deflated and that took advantage of it Horta in the 81st minute to take advantage of a resounding mistake by Luis Enrique’s defense, who got very angry. And with this panorama languished the party that opens the participation of Spain in this Nations League with a draw as fair as it is economical in a clash with a summery whiff more typical of preseason. ansu did not jump into the field and now Spain prepares his visit to czechiathen go to Swiss and end up receiving the Czechs in Malaga. Portugal has not lost ground since 1958.


SPAIN: Unai Simon (6); Azpilicueta (5), D. Llorente (5), Pau Torres (5), Jordi Alba (5); Busquets (7), Carlos Soler (6), Gavi (8), Ferrán Torres (4), Sarabia (7) and Morata (6). Coach: Luis Enrique (6). Substitutions: Koke (6) for Carlos Soler (min. 62), Dani Olmo (6) for Ferrán Torres (min. 62), De Tomás (5) for Morata (min. 69), Marcos Llorente (sc) for Gavi ( min.80)

PORTUGAL: Diogo Costa (5); Cancelo (5), Pepe (5), Danilo (5), Guerreiro (6); Otavio (6), Moutinho (4), Bruno Fernandes (4); Rafael Leao (5), André Silva (5) and Bernardo Silva (5). Coach: Fernando Santos (5). Substitutions: Rubén Neves (6) for Moutinho (min. 46), Cristiano for Otavio (min. 62), Guedes (5) for André Silva (min. 62), Horta (6) for Rafael Leao (min. 72). Mateus Nunes (sc) by Bruno Fernandes (min.80)

GOALS: 1-0, Morata (min.24), 1-1, Horta (min.81)

REFEREE: Michael Oliver. He admonished Sarabia, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Busquets and Pepe.

STADIUM Benito Villamarin. 41,236 spectators.

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