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Starting XI: Portugal vs Spain

2018 FIFA World Cup Starting XI: Portugal vs Spain

By David Kappel - Jun 15, 2018 06:46 PM @kappilinho

European rivals Portugal and Spain face each other in the first heavyweight clash of the 2018 FIFA World Cup tonight, and everyone is wondering how much the sacking of their coach just two days ago has affected La Furia Roja's squad – here's how the teams will line up!

Click through the gallery if you want to see the line-ups in images!

2018 FIFA World Cup, Group B

Teams: Portugal vs Spain

Date: 15 June

Time: 20:00

Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium

In a match-up between two European giants, 2010 FIFA World Cup champions Spain face 2016 UEFA European Championship winners Portugal. It will be only their second ever meeting in a World Cup after Spain beat Portugal 1-0 in the quarter-final on their way to the title at the 2010 showpiece in South Africa.

Overall, the two sides have met on 35 occasions, with Spain boasting 16 wins to Portugal's six. La Furia Roja enter the game on the back of 20 unbeaten games since their exit from Euro 2016. However, it remains to be seen how the sacking of Julen Lopetegui just two days ago has affected the team.

Portugal, meanwhile, have lost only two of their past 18 games – and one of those defeats came after penalties at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup – going into the tournament. A Selecao captain and all-time record scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will surely be keen to leave his mark on the tournament too, having scored just once at his previous three World Cups.

Read: The All-Time Top Goalscorers In World Cup History

Here is how both teams line up:

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho, Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Cristiano, Guedes.

Spain: De Gea; Nacho, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Koke, Busquets; Silva, Isco, Iniesta; Diego Costa.

Who do you think will win this clash? Have your say in the comments section below.


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kingMzu84 Jun 15, 2018 10:28 PM
@indidane did Ronaldo score all 3 goals frm penalties?
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@gunners Jun 15, 2018 10:07 PM
All hail King CR7
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alizebucs1986 Jun 15, 2018 08:48 PM
King CR7 to H**l with Haters 2 Goals and Counting
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indidane Jun 15, 2018 08:28 PM
@Romeo Maps88 , Penald0 sc0red via Penalty as usual.
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Romeo Maps88 Jun 15, 2018 08:24 PM
Heard that king CR7 scored. How great was the goal those watching? Was it from a long range shot or freekick? Or did he dance through players like Messi... Oh I mean like CR7 always does?
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indidane Jun 15, 2018 08:23 PM
C0staaaaaa ..... Yeeesssss
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alizebucs1986 Jun 15, 2018 08:06 PM
King CR7
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indidane Jun 15, 2018 08:03 PM
Penald0
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indidane Jun 15, 2018 07:55 PM
@Sucker Punch The Legend , kikikikiki... Aww kahle Kh0si, 10-0 ..
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PROPHET OF DOOM Jun 15, 2018 07:54 PM
Kuz0ba lit ngempela
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Jun 15, 2018 07:50 PM
@JamieM .That's true;We've left the mark.# ProudlySA !
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Sepanere Jun 15, 2018 07:49 PM
Spain 2-1 portugal
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Sucker Punch The Legend Jun 15, 2018 07:44 PM
Spain 10-0 PortuCOWL
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Daniel Madenza Kutumela Jun 15, 2018 07:43 PM
Spain 3:2 CR7
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wash & wear Jun 15, 2018 07:34 PM
the king cr7 will score hatrick as usually
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chiefs is useless Jun 15, 2018 07:34 PM
Now the world cup just began
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fisto vs zebraditor Jun 15, 2018 07:31 PM
Spain 3 Portugal 2
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indidane Jun 15, 2018 07:27 PM
S0 @ c0wdit0r, u decided t0 0pen predicti0ns after 5 games ??? Tjeeerrr wena s0metimes
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JamieM Jun 15, 2018 07:18 PM
I amso amazed to hear vuvuzelas in Russia. Wow we left a mark in 2010. At least there is something other countries liked about us.
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briii Jun 15, 2018 07:17 PM
Come on Portugal

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