FIFA World Cup™ 2010: Preview - Spain vs Portugal





ESP vs POR

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa ™ - Round of 16
Date
Time
Venue
Referee
: 29 June 2010 (RSA)/30 June 2010 (IDN)
: 20:30 (RSA)/01:30 WIB (IDN) (live RCTI)
: Green Point Stadium, Cape Town City, South Africa
: Hector BALDASSI (ARG)

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Set to take centre stage in Cape Town on 29 June is a glittering Round of 16 clash between two neighbours and contenders for the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ crown: Spain and Portugal. Standing second and third respectively in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, the eagerly anticipated encounter between the Iberian duo at the Green Point Stadium is the sides’ first meeting at world football’s top table.

Expectations are extremely high ahead of the last-16 meeting between two teams considered among the pre-tournament contenders for the coveted Trophy. And with La Roja and A Selecção das Quinas both having had to come through a gruelling group phase, one of the fancied pair will be heading home much earlier than expected.

European champions Spain arrived at South Africa 2010 as firm favourites for the world title along with Brazil, though Vicente del Bosque’s team were given a harsh wake-up call in an opening 1-0 defeat against Switzerland. Showing their mettle, La Selección gritted their teeth and won their next two Group H games against Honduras and Chile to qualify in top spot in their section and avoid a last-16 meeting with Dunga’s charges.

Portugal, for their part, safely negotiated a fiercely competitive Group G also containing Côte d’Ivoire, Korea DPR and Brazil. Carlos Queiroz’s solid side played out a goalless opening draw with Didier Drogba and Co before cutting loose in a 7-0 success over the North Koreans. Following that goalfest, another scoreless draw in their final game against the five-time world champions was enough to secure second spot and a place in the knockout stages.

Both coaches have near-to-full-strength squads from which to choose, though former Real Madrid boss Del Bosque will be without key midfielder Xabi Alonso and defender Raul Albiol. Opposite number Queiroz, who also once held the reins at Los Merengues, welcomes back midfield schemer Deco though cannot call upon the versatile Ruben Amorim.

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::: HEAD TO HEAD :::

Spain
Portugal
32
15
12
5
71
37
Match Played
Wins
Draws
Losses
Goal For
Goal Against
32
5
12
15
37
71


FIFA World Cup™ Qualifiers


DateHomeScoreAway
09/04/1950
02/04/1950
18/03/1934
11/03/1934
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
2-2 (0-1)
5-1 (3-1)
1-2 (1-2)
9-0 (3-0)
ESP
POR
ESP
POR

Continental Final

DateHomeScoreAway
20/06/2004
17/06/1984
ESP
POR
0-1 (0-0)
1-1 (0-0)
POR
ESP

Friendly

DateHomeScoreAway
06/09/2003
13/02/2002
19/01/1994
15/01/1992
16/01/1991
20/06/1981
26/09/1979
15/11/1964
13/04/1958
03/06/1956
20/03/1949
21/03/1948
26/01/1947
06/05/1945
11/03/1945
16/03/1941
12/01/1941
05/05/1935
02/04/1933
30/11/1930
17/03/1929
08/01/1928
17/05/1925
16/12/1923
17/12/1922
18/12/1921
POR
ESP
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
0-3 (0-1)
1-1 (1-1)
2-2
0-0
1-1
2-0
1-1
2-1
1-0
3-1
1-1
2-0
4-1
4-2
2-2
5-1
2-2
3-3
3-0
0-1
5-0
2-2
0-2
3-0
1-2
3-1
ESP
POR
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
ESP
POR
ESP
POR
ESP
ESP
POR
ESP
POR

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ALLIEV PACITAN's PREDICTION

33 : 35 : 32

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