The illusion in the Spain – Portugal that marked the beginning of the path of the National Team in the Eurocup was put by the almost 15,000 people who were in the stands on the afternoon of this Friday in the Wanda Metropolitano. Luis Enrique’s first test bench was a frog, although the current European champion was not very wise either. Morata in the second half was able to change the fate of the match several times, but the forward was very erratic and the 0-0 remained in the light from beginning to end. [Narración y estadísticas: España 0-0 Portugal]
With the Wanda Metropolitano receiving a new public after more than a year, Spain did not reward the long slumber for the fans with a great football exhibition but with some glimpses of some players. Ferrán Torres continues to be the most exciting thing about the team’s attack presented this afternoon by Luis Enrique; had the clearest with a header that went to the left of Rui Patricio.
The presence of Sarabia was surprised, who tried without much luck. What happened with Morata only served to see that the good form of Gerard it is more than necessary. In a flustered first half, Portugal saw Fonte head a corner, causing Unai Simon could not reach the ball. But he leaned excessively on Pau Torres and the referee determined so. It would not be the only one that would have since the Athletic goalkeeper took excessive risks several times to get the ball with his feet.
In one of them, his punt hit in Cristiano Ronaldo and hopefully, it returned to his hands. Ondarroa’s goal continues without transmitting security. Nor did the idea of Llorente as a right back. Spain is losing one of the footballers in better shape trying to give a solution to this band. With the feeling that Luis Enrique he is going to die with this idea, reality craves a complicated future. Neither defensively nor offensively did the Atlético player contribute too much. Something better worked the center of the field.
Thiago took the stripes of the Spanish possessions, Fabian He spread out where he was supposed to be and Busquets did not clash. Still, it wasn’t being enough to pose enough danger. Within the poor rhythm of the game that was seen throughout the match, the National Team went into the second half with more enthusiasm than Portugal. This was noted on two clear occasions that he arranged Alvaro Morata. The Atlético player on loan to Juventus forgave both after two great assists from Llorente.
Changes for the revolution
The rojiblanco unleashed a little more in the second half and, after a great recovery after not stopping his pressure, gave the ball to Sarabia who forgave. The Portuguese replied with an individual move by Cristiano that ended up in the head of Diogo Jota, but Laporte was quick to get between the goal and the spiker and sent it to a corner. The tests continued with the entry of Pedri, Eric García and Rodri, while Cristiano continued looking for his goal.
He had it in a free kick from the right wing as he finished at pleasure, but did not connect the ball well and sent it out. The former Real Madrid player has always been given the Metropolitan. He spurred on his teammates to keep the pressure on in every action. The Portuguese wanted to leave his signature in Spain and in the capital that one day he had at his feet. Luis Enrique continued looking for solutions since the team had not reappeared since those first occasions. Would Boil and Gerard Moreno those who would have to spice up a game that became more bland by the minute.
The Villarreal player played on the right wing, in another experiment by Luis Enrique and not in the position of a Morata who continued to be erratic. He had it again in a great play on the left wing between Ferran and Gayá, but the forward did not reach the ball.The two teams seemed content to not lose. Although it is true, Spain had one more in the head of Ferran, who combed a good foul thrown from the left flank by Koke and Rui Patricio he had to react to prevent the goal in the last minutes of the game.
Before, Cristiano returned to forgive in a heads-up game by controlling the ball badly from the head. Morata still had time to have a clearer, leaving alone against the Portuguese goalkeeper, but he sent the ball to the crossbar. The bad fortune returned to fill the Madrid striker in an afternoon from which he can be signaled. Little did both teams wear, since the team that defends the crown in this Eurocup neither did a crash at his level.
Spain 0-0 Portugal
Spain: Unai Simón; Marcos Llorente, Laporte (Diego Llorente, 79 ‘), Pau Torres (Eric García, 62’), Gayá; Busquets (Rodri, 62 ‘); Thiago (Pedri, 62 ‘), Fabián (Koke, m. 75); Ferrán Torres, Morata and Sarabia (Gerard Moreno, 75 ‘).
Portugal: Rui Patricio; Nelson Semedo, José Fonte, Pepe (William Carvalho, 59′), Raphael Guerreiro (Bruno Mendes, 82′); Danilo Pereira, Sergio Oliveira (Bruno Fernandes, 59′), Renato Sanches (Rafa Silva, 72′); Diogo Jota (Palinha, 72′), Joao Félix (Pote, 46′) and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Referee: Craig Pawson (Inglaterra).
Incidents: friendly match played at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium before 14,743 spectators