Neighbours and rivals Spain and Portugal prepare for Friday confrontation

Emmett Rice
June 16, 2018

With less than 48 hours before Spain kick off their World Cup campaign against the 2016 European champions, it is hard to imagine what changes Hierro can make to the tactics Lopetegui had been using in preparation for Russian Federation.

"We will feel part of your strength, union and passion", added Lopetegui, who was unveiled by Real on Thursday after his sudden dismissal from the Spain camp in Russian Federation.

The second day of the World Cup was filled with excitement in each of the three games.

In converting the penalty, Ronaldo created a bit of history - not just at World Cup level, but in terms of all major worldwide competitions.

Ronaldo had twice put Portugal in front, and yet he was required to score a superb 88th-minute free-kick to grab a point after Spain had fought back brilliantly.

He has also now scored in eight consecutive major tournaments, going back to Euro 2004, when as a teenager he helped Portugal all the way to the final as hosts.

"We feel very proud of the players after the adversity of the match itself", he said. Ronaldo is reportedly unhappy with his club for several reasons, and its lack of action on his tax evasion accusations is just one.

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The 33-year-old has struggled to produce his glittering best in World Cups, with only three goals from three previous tournaments, against Ghana, North Korea and Iran.

Football fans absolutely loved the former Everton player's tweet, which has racked up over 14,000 likes at the time of writing.

"We are using the difficulties as a source of inspiration for our motivation to be strengthened during the games", said Queiroz.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos believes that Cristiano Ronaldo's "incredible" characteristics and talent rightly make the Real Madrid man "one of the best in the world".

"We are not the favourites, but yes, we are candidates".

"We have a very clear goal in mind, we've worked for two solid weeks before the competition".

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