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13:30 ET Canada-USA | 19:30 Cairo Local Time
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

Referee: Craig Pawson (England)

In what is an all-star showdown at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Friday evening, Spain and Portugal will face off in a friendly showdown.

Spain

Starting with the hosts, while Spain might have last been seen back in March collecting back-to-back 2-1 and 3-1 wins against Georgia and Kosovo, the former world champions have struggled to find top gear.

Despite signing off their run to the Nations League semi-finals with that famous 6-0 romp against Germany on home soil last year, Luis Enrique’s side could only open their World Cup qualifying campaign with a shock 1-1 draw against Greece in Granada. Nevertheless, still opening this summer’s European Championships as one of the standout picks, the one-time Barcelona boss should be boosted by his side’s continued success on home soil.

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Unbeaten in each of their last 11 straight home fixtures, a run that stems back to their 3-2 defeat against England back in October 2018, Enrique will use Friday’s showdown in Madrid as the perfect chance to get a look at his squad for the first time since March. One man it is worth keeping an eye out for is Villarreal’s red-hot number nine, Gerard Moreno. Guiding The Yellow Submarine to this year’s Europa League title, the 29-year-old recorded 30 goals for club and country this season.

Including veteran defender Sergio Ramos, Spain boss Luis Enrique made the shock decision to exclude all Real Madrid’s players from his squad.

Switching his allegiance from France last month, Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte could make his Spain debut on Friday.

Portugal

As for the visitors, also left disappointed to have only collected a point against Serbia back in March while on World Cup qualifying duties, Fernando Santos’ side did manage to battle back.

Avoiding what could have been a real banana skin, they did eventually land a hard-fought 3-1 win against Luxembourg on foreign soil last time out. Just about missing out on a spot in the semi-final of the Nations League, The Navigators now have their sights firmly set on defending their European crown this summer.

Unbeaten in their last four contests and also landing a 3-2 win against 2018 World Cup finalists Croatia back in November, Portugal have also continued to impress with their performances on foreign soil. Knowing that victory in Madrid this week would be the perfect momentum heading into the summer, Santos will be calling on attacking icon Cristiano Ronaldo to spearhead their charge on Friday evening. While the 36-year-old might have failed to guide Juventus back to their Serie A crown this summer, he did rack up a hugely impressive 39 goals for club and country this season.

After featuring in Manchester City’s Champions League defeat last weekend, the duo of Ruben Dias and Bernardo Silva are expected to settle for a place on the bench.

After overcoming an injury scare, Liverpool forward Diogo Jota should feature this weekend.

LIVE: Spain vs Portugal | Friendly Game

13:30 ET Canada-USA | 19:30 Cairo Local Time
Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

FT Spain 0-0 Portugal


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