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Portugal vs Spain, A classic match between the two historic nations in the Nations League

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Portugal and Spain have faced off many times in history, However, the close proximity of the two neighbouring countries has not stopped them from going in all against each other when it comes to Football.

Portugal will take on Spain in the Nation's league game on matchday 6, Portugal will be looking forward to continuing that form after beating the Czech Republic on matchday 5 with a score of 0-4.

The crucial match between the two nations will take place at Estadia Municipal de Braga in Portugal.

The two big footballing nations will go head to head for the match, the quality these two teams possess is enormous, and the potential battle between places can give us an exciting match in this Nations League fixture. Whenever these two nations have met, Expectations have always been high

Portugal vs Spain has always been a classic

In recent times, Portugal vs Spain has been a major talking point, the historic match between the two which took place in the world cup of 2018 was a kind of drama every football fan would expect, given Cristiano's Ronaldo's popularity in Madrid(Spain). Cristiano has played half of his career in Spain with Real Madrid. It was normal that fans would be thrilled to watch their star go against his teammates.

Portugal will be facing Spain again in the Nations League for their 6th matchday. Portugal will have the chance to go top of the table with their 0-4 victory against the Czech Republic, With Spain losing out to Switzerland on their matchday 5, Portugal has an advantage going into this fixture. Spain has a good opportunity to redeem itself as it could close the gap with Portugal.

Spain is dominated by Youngster players like Gavi and Pedri have taken over at a very young stage, The Barcelona prodigy is set to make headlines again.

apart from Gavi Spain might have a team for the future, with the likes of Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, and Sergio Ramos in their 30's the young talent might be taking over the Spain side soon.

Whereas Portugal also has a quality team in their books, Fernando Santos has a lot of qualities to choose from, with Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Rafael Leo, Ruben Dias, and Santos having quite a lot of options, Honestly, the Portugal team looks more strong than Spain on paper.

Portugal won the competition initially when it was started, so Portugal does seem to have experienced it too, whereas Spain was very close to winning the competition only to be defeated by France in the Finals.

Players to watch.

Diego Dalot

Diego Dalot With two goals under his belt for Diego Dalot the full-back is in blistering form, Dalot has also been very crucial to Manchester United. Erik Ten Hag has done wonders to bring back the confidence in Dalot, with him running down the wings the team has an entire midfield and the attack left to cope with the attack.

With the goals under his belt, Dalot will be looking to impress under Santos with another star performance.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo has always been classic when it comes to these types of games. Cristiano Ronaldo has not lived up to expectations this summer, the 37-year-old is yet to score or register any assist this season for Manchester United, Ronaldo has a rough start with Erik Ten hag as he might have potentially lost his place to Marcus Rashford in the starting line up.

Given his club woes, Ronaldo shouldn't be underestimated in any circumstances, the 37-year-old has produced magical moments when everyone deemed him to be finished.

He can be the game changer for Portugal against Spain as he has a good record against Spain, who can't remember the hat trick he scored against Spain in the World Cup of 2018. Ronaldo performed absolutely brilliantly in that game earning a point for Portugal in the dying minutes with an equally brilliant free-kick. He might be out of form but when the biggest stages have arrived he has always delivered.


Gavi was impressive during their game against Switzerland. The teenage prodigy from Barca has not failed to interest major suitors for the youngster, Even though barely 18 years of age Gavi has impressed many with his performance against Switzerland. His forward passing was crucial for the team creating chances.

Gavi will be looking forward to securing his future with Barcelona Xavi, the central Midfielder has been the main part of Xavi's rebuilding process. Gavi has excellent ball possession, he is quick to find spaces in Midfield.


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