In a first high profile encounter, Portugal will lock horns against Spain of the 21st FIFA World Cup. Portugal is entering the tournament as a favourites and European Champions. Earlier, in 2010, Spain defeated Portugal 1-0 in the knockouts but that was 8 years ago. The Spanish side suffered a massive setback ahead of their first match as the management sacked Julen Lopetegui as the head coach and replaced him with former Spain footballer Fernando Hierro.
While Portugal will be brimming with confidence, Spain has a lot to ponder about after the sensational sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui on the eve of the World Cup. However, captain Sergio Ramos has thrown his weight behind new Spain head coach Fernando Hierro and backed him to succeed.
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