FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010

Season 1 Episode 56

Spain vs. Portugal

Aired Daily 7:00 AM Jun 29, 2010 on ESPN
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Spain vs. Portugal
Round of 16, Match 56: Spain vs. Portugal, 8:30 PM, Green Point Stadium, Cape Town.

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  • The Battle of the Iberian Peninsula - an Excellent Match and a Deserving Winner

    Especially after the snoozer that was the first game of the day, I was expecting much from this match and it did not disappoint. Both teams generated chances and could have scored more goals. The Portuguese were definitely the ones more content to soak up pressure and the Spaniards played their usual ball possession game. In the end, Spain managed one breakthrough which turned out to be enough.

    Spain is the co-favorite in the tournament and you could see why today. They shouldn't have too much trouble with Paraguay in the quarter final after which things will get considerably tougher. They will have to be in top form if they hope to repeat their Euro 2008 championship run, but they are capable. Not only that, they are a pleasure to watch!moreless
  • por vs. spa

    Sorry Cristiano Ronaldo, looks like it is back to 30 minute abs for you as your team, Portugal, was sent home.

    In the Isthmus Game, Spain vs. Portugal, Spain got the victory, just like they have been doing over Portugal since the 1500's (I blame the world for not actually being flat.)

    The game was super competitive and as Alexi Lalas pointed out, Spain can be a very dangerous team in this cup for anyone. I just thought Portugal was better than them, but Spain was just matching them move for move and eventually got the goal, something Portugal could not do. But both teams deserve a round of applause.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Portugal Goalkeeper Eduardo: I had a good game for sure but when it comes to World Cups individual performances aren't enough. It's the team that counts at the end of the day and it's really frustrating to concede a single goal and get knocked out of the World Cup. Portugal are known for being tight at the back but we ended up letting in a goal we never should have conceded. We had some great chances in the first half but Spain created the better openings after the break. It's a shame, but the dream is over for us.

    • Portugal Coach Carlos Queiroz: Spain had more possession and it was no surprise they dominated play. It was a fair result when you consider the possession they had and the chances they created. We had a few chances of our own but we failed to take them, which was a shame. If we'd put them away, things could have been a lot tighter. We can feel proud of our performance because we went on the attack and the players fought to the end. They're pretty pleased with how they played and what we need to do now is come back even stronger.

    • Spain Coach Vicente del Bosque: We looked comfortable out there today. We played well and we were vigilant in defense and when we were on the ball we created a lot of good chances. When we're in that form it's difficult to stop us.

  • NOTES (3)


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