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Spain and Portugal play an entertaining stalemate | Sports


Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo with Spain’s Alvaro Morata after the game on June 5, 2021. Reuters pic

MADRID, June 5 – Spain and Portugal played a 0-0 draw today as the two teams prepared for this month’s European Championship.

In the first international match with fans in Spain since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the crowd of 15,000 in attendance believed Spain fell behind when Jose Fonte’s looped header beat Unai Simon after 23 minutes. However, he was ruled out for a foul on Pau Torres.

A nervous Simon then saw a clearing loaded by Cristiano Ronaldo. But the ball ricocheted directly off the Athletic Bilbao stopper.

After struggling early on, the hosts were much better after the restart, with Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia both missing chances.

Portugal were indebted to goalkeeper Rui Patricio, who pushed Ferran Torres back at close range with two minutes remaining, before Morata hit the bar in stoppage time as Luis Enrique’s side searched for a late winner in vain .

“We wanted to win, but we didn’t. We have done very good things and we will take it with us, ”defender Jose Luis Gaya told Spanish television.

“There is room for improvement, but all teams have things to improve before the tournament.

“Maybe we need to improve on set pieces, that’s where Portugal is really strong, but the reality is we had the best chance of winning the game.”

Spain will face Lithuania in their final warm-up game on Tuesday before the Euro kick off next Friday.

Portugal host Israel on Wednesday before starting their European title defense. Reuters