Dominating in the first period, but endangered in the second act, Spain left Portugal with a rather well paid draw (0-0). In turn, Cristiano Ronaldo and Renato Sanches touched the crossbar of a Kepa well assisted by its amounts.
Portugal 0-0 Spain
Twelve minutes. This is the time spent by Sergio Ramos on the lawn of the José-Alvalade stadium in Lisbon. A city that the Real Madrid defender knows very well for having made a saving header in the C1 final in 2014, but a time that the bearded man cannot take advantage of to give the final victory to his team, despite a harvested opportunity at the end of the match. Spain did not score a goal, but they can be happy to keep their clean sheet, as evidenced by the last opportunity of João Félix, unable to straighten the ball against the left empty goal. Result? Draw, virgin, but not soporific.
Rui Patrício, site manager
From the outset, the Roja proves that she is not here to joke: Dani Olmo finds Gerard Moreno full center, the Spanish striker wins his duel in front of Ruben Semedo, but stumbles on Rui Patrício out to meet him (2e). Luis Enrique’s men are the most domineering, like the center of Sergio Canales repelled somehow by the Lusitanian defense (7e). Sovereign, Spain keeps control with the consecutive attempts of Rodrigo (17e), Gerard (19e) and Olmo (25e), but Rui Patrício thwarts Hispanic plans each time.
In diesel mode in front of an audience scattered in the Lisbon stands, Portugal finally brings danger into the opposing area, but Renato Sanches completely misses his shot from a distance (26e). Overall, this is too little for Portugal, forced to concrete under penalty of seeing his opponent find the loophole to interfere. Just before half-time, the locals still manage to destabilize the opposing block, but the recovery of Raphaël Guerreiro flies over (42e). Without a goal to scratch, Cristiano Ronaldo gets angry after the referee’s decision to send all these beautiful people to the locker room without any additional time.
La baraka de Kepa
Visibly frustrated, the five-time Golden Ball will benefit from Fernando Santos’ triple change to shine after the break. More creative, the Lusitanians set fire to the powder thanks to a fabulous strike from the left of CR7 which ended on the bar of Kepa Arrizabalaga before bouncing on the line and coming out (52e). As the match progressed, the Portuguese were still dashing, but lacked success: on a cross from Ronaldo, Sanches’ recovery hit the crossbar again, but the ball still did not pass the goal line (67e). Touched in his pride, Spain reacted through the athletic Adama Traoré: his lateral breakthrough found Olmo, whose recovery was rejected by Patricio (72e). In response, Francisco Trincão forces Kepa to make a decisive parade (74e). Thanks to Traoré’s supersonic speed, Spain thinks they will pocket the bet, but their cross strike only grazes the target (82e). You shouldn’t ask for too much.
Portugal (4-3-3) : Patricio – Guerreiro, R. Semedo, Pepe (R. Dias, 46e), Cancelo (N.Semedo, 68e) – Moutinho (Carvalho, 46e), R. Sanches, R. Neves – Trincão (Jota, 79e), C.Ronaldo (J.Félix, 73e), A.Silva (B.Silva, 46e). Breeder: Fernando Santos.
Spain (4-3-3): Arrizabalaga – Reguilón, E. García (Ramos, 82e), D.Llorente, S.Roberto – Busquets (Rodri, 62e), Ceballos (Campaign, 46e), Channels (A.Traoré, 62e) – R.Moreno, Olmo, G.Moreno. Coach: Luis Enrique.
By Antoine Donnarieix