Why Spain Vs. Portugal Is 'Can't-Miss' Game Of Group Stage

Why Spain Vs. Portugal Is 'Can't-Miss' Game Of Group Stage

The 2010 World Cup winners Spain were placed in the same group as Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions Portugal in an exciting draw for the 2018 tournament in Russian Federation on Friday. The past figures and results don't serve us.

With the opening clash against the European champions likely his side's toughest, the Spain boss talked up Fernando Santos' squad - namely their Real Madrid superstar.

"I'm happy to go to any court, any disciplinary committee, anyone and I'll be happy to talk about the fact that there has never been and will never be any state programs related to doping in this country, we do not need that", Mutko told reporters at a press conference.

England's players will face familiar club foes - and some teammates - in the form of Belgium in Group G, which is completed by Tunisia and World Cup debutants Panama, while Group H looks the most finely balanced of them all, with no discernable favourites amongst the foursome of Poland, Senegal, Colombia, and Japan.

Though untroubled in qualifying, England harbouring the same eternal doubts about whether they will crack under pressure once the tournament comes around.

Morocco will face Iran first on June 15 in Saint Petersburg. "The majority of Morocco's players are playing in Europe and they knocked the Ivory Coast out and hasn't lost any games", Lopetegui stated. "They haven't lost in qualifying. It's a team with continuity and they have qualified in style".

"We've been good at writing teams off and then getting beaten. We have to believe in ourselves and continue with the same dynamic.it's going to be marvellous".

"These are two countries that are not far from Morocco". "Whatever the group, the French team have to qualify for the knockout round and have to finish first in the group", Deschamps told BeIN Sport.

"I don't care about the threats and what they have been trying to do to stop me talking".

Just over a year after being dumped out of Euro 2016 by the Azzurri, Spain thrashed Italy 3-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in September in a style reminiscent of the "tiki-taka" short-passing game that bamboozled opponents and won fans across the world between 2008 and 2012. Of course they have a chance.