Portugal 0-0 Spain: No way through for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co as Kepa Arrizabalaga and Rui Patricio keep clean sheets in entertaining stalemate… while Wolves’ Adama Traore makes his debut for the visitors
- Cristiano Ronaldo started for the hosts while Kepa Arrizabalaga played for Spain
- Spain dominated the ball but the best chances of the match fell to Portugal
- Ronaldo smashed the crossbar with a drive, as did midfielder Renato Sanches
- But there was to be no breakthrough in the star-studded friendly in Lisbon
Cristiano Ronaldo came closest to breaking the deadlock in Lisbon as Portugal and Spain drew 0-0 in the Jose Alvalade stadium.
On a night when the Premier League dominated both line-ups, it was Ronaldo who rattled the crossbar and teed-up Renato Sanches to do likewise as Portugal improved in the second half but could not beat Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who saved well late on from substitute Joao Felix.
In front of around 2,500 spectators, Spain lined up with at least one Premier League player in each line of their starting XI.
Cristiano Ronaldo started for Portugal on Wednesday but could not get on the scoresheet
The Portugal captain came close when he rattled the crossbar with a second-half strike
The game at the Jose Alvalade stadium in Lisbon took place with 2,500 fans in attendance
Leeds forward Rodrigo Moreno was up-front and Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos started in midfield.
Four of the back-five were from the Premier League too, with Chelsea keeper Kepa, Tottenham left back Sergio Reguilon and Manchester City and Leeds centre backs Eric Garcia and Diego Llorente.
Leeds forward Rodrigo tested Portugal keeper Rui Patricio with a shot from distance early on, after Gerard Moreno had also been denied by Patricio from close range.
Patricio was one of three Wolves players in Portugal’s starting line-up. He had club team-mates Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho ahead of him in midfield.
There was no Sergio Ramos in Spain’s starting team to face Ronaldo. And the Golden boy duel between Joao Felix and Ansu Fati was also on hold, with both the Atletico Madrid forward and the Barcelona striker named among the substitutes.
Spain continued to enjoy the upper hand early on and Olmo forced another save from Patricio. There was little news of Ronaldo in the opening exchanges, but his old Real Madrid team-mate Pepe was caught late by Reguilon.
Spain’s Gerard Moreno goes close in the first-half but Portugal keeper Rui Patricio denies him
But Portugal improved as the first half went on and it was the Juventus forward who headed wide from a free-kick in the last minute of the first period.
He carried on from where he had left off at the restart, hammering the ball left footed on to Kepa’s crossbar.
The frame of the goal was shaken again shortly after and again Ronaldo was at the heart of the chance. This time it was his cross to Renato Sanches and the midfielder who hit the crossbar with the ball bouncing down on the line.
With Wolves’ Adama Traore on now further boosting their contingent he sprinted down the right and pulled the ball back for Olmo to fire a low shot at Rui Patricio. He saved with his legs to keep the game goalless.
Portgal midfielder Renato Sanches smashed the ball against the crossbar in the second-half
Wolves winger Adama Traore came on to make his debut for Spain in the closing stages
Ronaldo was replaced by Joao Felix with 20 minutes left. He might have broken the deadlock almost immediately but Kepa saved brilliantly.
Ramos had been an animated substitute on the touchline for much of the second half and he was finally brought on with nine minutes left but there was no late goal from him.
The impressive Adama kept carrying Spain forward with his direct running but it was Portugal who almost snatched the winner, with Joao Felix just failing to connect with Ruben Semedo’s header in the last attack of the game.