UEFA Nations League: Spain and Portugal share points in the opener

Ricardo Horta’s late goal gave Portugal a 1-1 draw with Spain in their Nations League opener on Thursday at Estadio Benito Villamarin. Alvaro Morata had given Spain the lead, but a goal by Horta tied the game for the fourth time in a row between the two teams. Since 2004, Portugal hasn’t won a game against Spain, and they’ve never won a game against Spain on Spanish soil. “Spain is strong and we were having fun, so it tastes good. It turned out well for Portugal “midfielder Bernardo Silva said. “We knew them very well, but playing against them is hard.”

In the third minute of the League A Group Two match, midfielder Gavi had a chance from outside the box, but his shot was blocked. This was a good start for Spain. Pepe did a good job of stopping midfielder Carlos Soler, who was on his way to the goal after getting a perfect pass low.

In the 25th minute, midfielders Gavi and Pablo Sarabia worked well together to set up Morata, who scored from close range. Morata said, “We didn’t win, but we played a good game.” “We will meet up again. In soccer, we have to do the same thing.”

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The 29-year-old hopes to play in his first World Cup this year, and he is now three goals away from Raul’s record of 61 goals for the national team, which includes all ages. “He doesn’t have crazy stats, but Morata gives us everything we need to attack and defend,” said Spain coach Luis Enrique. “It was a match like the ones that had come before. We might have won, but we might have lost, too.”

Before halftime, both forward Rafael Leao and striker Andre Silva had chances to tie the game for Portugal, but they just missed the mark. Just before the hour mark, Fernando Santos’s team came close to tying the game again. Silva passed the ball to Leao, and Diego Llorente didn’t block his shot, but Unai Simon reached out to stop it.

In the 64th minute, just before he was taken off, Morata had another good chance that just missed the left post. Horta, who came on as a substitute, tied the game for Portugal with 8 minutes left. He beat the Spanish defense to a precise cross from defender Joao Cancelo inside the box and shot right in the middle of Simon’s goal.

Fans of both teams could enjoy a lively game that crashed the website of the Spanish national team when tickets went on sale last week. The last time they played well against each other was when Spain won on penalties at the European Championship in 2012. Their last two friendlies ended with no goals.

In the next 10 days, both teams have three more Nations League games. Spain plays twice against the Czech Republic, and in between, they go to Switzerland. Portugal, on the other hand, hosts the Czechs and plays Switzerland twice.

Spain and Portugal will play each other again on Sept. 27. This will be the last game in their group.

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