Spain 0-0 Portugal: Aymeric Laporte makes first start since switching

Spain and Portugal announce joint 2030 World Cup bid before stalemate draw as Aymeric Laporte makes first start after switching from France with Luis Enrique’s side unable to find a way past the reigning European champions ahead of Euro 2020

  • Spain and Portugal announced their joint 2030 World Cup bid on Friday 
  • Aymeric Laporte made his first appearance for Spain after switching allegiances 
  • The Manchester City star has chosen to represent Spain instead of France
  • Laporte made a good first impression as he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw 

Spain and Portugal announced their joint 2030 World Cup bid as Aymeric Laporte made his first start for Luis Enrique’s side after switching from France in a 0-0 draw.

Players from both sides linked arms and wore matching t-shirts to announce the Iberian nations’ joint bid for the biggest tournament on the planet before kick off in Madrid. The UK and Ireland will also reportedly make a run for hosting rights. 

Laporte has been included in Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020 after pledging allegiance to the country following years of being overlooked by Didier Deschamps.

Portugal and Spain announced their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup before their friendly

Aymeric Laporte made his first start for Spain after switching allegiances as they drew 0-0

The Manchester City has chosen to represent Spain after being overlooked by France

Cristiano Ronaldo fires goalwards as the Portuguese star looks to beat Spain’s Unai Simon

The Juventus attacker looks to the ground after failing to find a way through for Portugalk

Spain (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Gaya, Pau Torres (Garcia, 63), Laporte (Llorente, 79), Llorente; Busquets (Rodri, 63), Fabian (Koke, 75), Thiago (Pedri, 63); Sarabia (Moreno, 75), F. Torres, Morata

Subs not used: Alba, Azpilicueta, De Gea, Olmo, Oyarzabal, Sanchez 

Scorers: None

Booked: None

Manager: Luis Enrique

Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio; Guerreiro (Mendes, 81), Fonte, Pepe (Carvalho, 59), Semedo; Sanches (R. Silva, 69), Danilo, Sergio Oliveira (Fernandes, 59); Jota (Palhinha, 70), Joao Felix (Pedro Goncalves 46), Ronaldo

Subs not used: Lopes, Moutinho, Neves, A. Silva, R. Silva (GK)

Scorers: None

Booked: None

Manager: Fernando Santos 

The defender kept Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix quiet as Spain and Portugal played out a stalemate in Madrid ahead of this summer’s tournament.  

In the first international game with fans in attendance in Spain since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15,000-strong crowd present thought Spain had fallen behind when Jose Fonte’s looping header beat Unai Simon after 23 minutes. However, it was ruled out for a foul on Pau Torres.

A nervy Simon then saw a clearance charged down by Ronaldo. But the ball ricocheted straight back to the Athletic Bilbao stopper.

After struggling early on, the hosts were much better after the restart, with Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia both missing chances.

Portugal were indebted to keeper Rui Patricio, who denied Ferran Torres from close range with two minutes remaining, before Morata hit the bar in stoppage time as Luis Enrique’s side pushed for a late winner to no avail.

Nelson Semedo looks to keep the ball away from the onrushing Pablo Sarabia in Madrid, Spain

Jose Gaya attempts to send a ball past Renato Sanches in a nip-and-tuck contest in Madrid

Spanish fans wave flags as they cheered on their team at the Wanda Metropolitano on Friday

‘We wanted to win, but it wasn’t to be. We did some very good stuff and we’ll take that away with us,’ defender Jose Luis Gaya told Spanish television.

‘There’s room for improvement, but all sides have things to improve before the tournament.

‘Maybe we need to get better at set pieces, which is where Portugal are really strong, but the reality is we had the best chances to win the game.’

Spain face Lithuania in their final warm-up fixture on Tuesday before the Euros kick off next Friday.

Portugal host Israel on Wednesday before they start the defence of their Euro title. 

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