Spain won a deserved victory at the expense of its counterpart Portugal, 1-0, during the match that was held between them, Tuesday evening, at the “Municipal” stadium, in the sixth and final round of the group stage of the 2022-2023 European Nations League.
The only goal of the match came through Alvaro Morata in the 89th-minute match, to snatch the qualification card for the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League for the current season 2022-2023 from the second group.
Spain topped the standings of Group B in the European Nations League with 11 points from winning 3 matches, drawing 2, and losing one, scoring 8 goals and receiving 5.
While Portugal was in second place in the standings of Group B of the European Nations League with 10 points collected from winning 3 matches, drawing 1 and losing 2, scoring 11 goals, and receiving 3.
The match witnessed continuous attempts by the Portugal team, who tried to take advantage of the land and the fans who were present in the stadium, but his attempts were unsuccessful until the last minutes of the match before Alvaro Morata managed in the 89th minute to score the first goal for Matador.
The two teams met in 39 matches before Tuesday’s match in the European Nations League, as the Spanish Matador has a great advantage in the confrontations with 17 wins compared to 6 wins for Brazil in Europe, while 16 matches were drawn, and the Spanish team scored 80 goals against the Portuguese team, while the latter scored 47 a target.
Tuesday’s match is the 40th historically between the two teams, in various competitions, where the Portuguese team will be the most faced by the Spanish team in its history, surpassing the number of confrontations with its Italian counterpart with 39 games.
The Portuguese national team had previously won the first European Nations League title in 2019, where it defeated its Dutch counterpart, while the Spanish team lost the final of the last edition of the tournament against France.
The Portugal national team line-up is as follows:
- Goalkeeper: Diego Costa.
- Defence: Nuno Mendes, Ruben Diaz, Danilo, Joao Cancelo.
- Midfield: Bruno Fernandez, Lian Carvalho, Ruben Neves.
- Forwards: Bernardo Seville, Diego Costa, Ronaldo.
While the composition of the Spanish national team was as follows:
- Goalkeeper: Unai Simon.
- Defense Line: Danny Carvajal, Hugo Guillamon, Pau Torres, Gaya.
- Midfield: Soler, Rodri, Coca.
- Forwards: Ferran Torres, Alvaro Morata, Sarabia.