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Spain and Portugal debut in the Football League of Nations

For the local eleven this is one of the last opportunities in which their coach, Luis Enrique, will be able to evaluate players before gi


For the local eleven this is one of the last opportunities in which their coach, Luis Enrique, will be able to evaluate players before giving a final list with which they will face the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

For its part, Portugal, the first monarch of the young competition, will go out in search of being included in the Final Four again, where only one of the four teams of this key will go, and reaffirm itself as a candidate for the title.

An attractive duel is expected between two nations that aspire to jointly organize the 2030 World Cup, and that have a real chance of fighting for supremacy in this event.

Spain is the current runner-up in the second edition, when they fell in the 2021 final against France and their goal is to repeat their presence in the final stage to be crowned.

These two powerful squads met 38 times with 16 wins for Spain, 16 draws and six wins for the Lusitanians, the most recent in June last year when they drew scoreless in a friendly match.

In world cups they only have two games, a 1-0 victory for Spain in the second round of South Africa 2010, where they finally finished champions, and a three-goal draw in Russia 2018 in the group stage.

Likely lineups:

Spain

Unai Simon; Dani Carvajal, Iñigo Martínez, Pau Torres, Jordi Alba; Rodri, Koke, Gavi; Pablo Sarabia, Álvaro Morata and Ferran Torres.

Portugal

Rui Patricio; Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo, Nuno Mendes; William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes; Otàvio, Cristiano Ronaldo and Diogo Jota.

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