2018 UEFA EURO U-21. Portugal 1-3 Spain: UEFA Under 21 Euro match report, Spain advance to semi-finals
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When: Friday at 2 p.m. ET
Where: Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Sochi
TV: Fox and Telemundo
Iberian rivals Portugal and Spain square off on Friday at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the second match of Group B. The neighbors, with plenty of familiar players and similar styles, go to battle in what is arguably the most highly-anticipated groups stage match of the cup.
With Iran and Morocco in their group, this is a match that will put the winner as the strong favorite to win the group, while a draw will leave both vulnerable to a shocking upset and potential early exit. For the loser, even more so.
Spain enters this game in good shape overall, but it is expected to be without defender Dani Carvajal, who has just returned to training. He isn’t expected to play in this one, though.
As for Portugal, the team is healthy and led by superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who just won his third straight Champions League title with Real Madrid. There are no significant injuries for the reigning Euro 2016 champs.
Head coach Fernando Santos has brought an experienced squad to Russia, with the likes of Pepe, Bruno Alves and Jose Fonte among the defenders in the panel.
Portugal have picked up no fresh injury concerns from their tournament warm-up games and preparation, so Santos should have a fully-fit squad available for Friday.
Potential Portugal XI: Patricio; Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Moutinho, Carvalho, Mario, B. Silva; Guedes, Ronaldo.
The departure of Lopetegui has the potential to throw Spain’s plans into disarray, but the starting XI should remain the same nonetheless.
Alvaro Odriozola is likely to start at right-back ahead of Dani Carvajal after impressing in the Real Madrid defender’s absence in warm-up friendlies.
Potential Spain XI: De Gea; Odriozola, Ramos, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Iniesta, Isco, Thiago, Silva; Costa.