Portugal and Spain will conclude the second day of FIFA World Cup when they meet in the Russian Black Sea City of Sochi on Friday.
The clash between the European neighbors will be officiated by Italian Gianluca Rocchi. Spain is three-time European Champions and a World Cup winner. Portugal is current European Champion.
The pitch will be full of stars. Spain has solid players in all positions and a strong bench. Portugal, however, depends largely on its forward Cristiano Ronaldo.
But the sacking of Spain coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the clash with Portugal might have impacts on the Spanish team.
The Spanish football federation decided to sack Lopetegui, who coached the team for a 20-0 record in past two years, and replaced him sporting director Fernando Hierro. The move followed Lopetegui’s agreement with Real Madrid to coach their team.
Spain, nevertheless, has experienced players who can manage the pitch and control the tempo of the game.
Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos has his own force as well like midfielders Andre Silva, Bernardo Silva and Joao Mario, strikers Gelson Martins and defender Raphael Guirreiro.
The two teams should have easy qualification for the round of 16, but each will see to lead the group in order to avoid meeting Uruguay from Group A, which is expected to finish on top of its group.
Source: Kuwait News Agency