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Spain vs. Portugal in World Cup 2010

Iberian Peninsula bragging rights, along with a spot in the final eight, are on the line when Spain battles Portugal. Rain is in the forecast.

Live stats here, in-game commentary here, shot chart here.

By Matt Bonesteel  |  June 29, 2010; 2:02 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , Portugal , Spain  
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Spain has to win. If they're out, then my next team to follow is the Dutch -- and we know their stellar World Cup history.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 29, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Portugal will most likely play like they did against Ivory Coast...negatively and scared. Portugal just isn't good enough to play straight-up with Spain, Germany, Brazil, etc.
Spain will dominate and win 2-0 or 3-1.

Posted by: marksman37 | June 29, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The part to keep an eye on is to see if CR does anything.

Over/under on hearing "Iberian darby"?

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Portugal are sponsored by Castrol.

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

One thing the US team can learn from Spain is how to put the proper weight on a pass. You won't see any soft toe-poke passes from Spain. Each pass has pace, giving the player receiving the ball more time and space to do something... well, impressive. It seems simple, but I'm amazed how lazily many national teams pass the ball.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 29, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Spain are the better team so far but look vulnerable on the counter. It C. Ronaldo "goes off" Spain could be in serious trouble. I would also then be willing to bet Portugal have the defensive merit to withstand a Spanish onslaught.

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 29, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Rand-al Thor, I agree but Spain can play at that pace because they have superiour technique than everyone else. Imagine Ricardo Clark's touch if Xavi pinged a few at him (Alright, I should leave Clark alone).

Posted by: grubbsbl | June 29, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Puyol has always annoyed me. A diver is bad enough, but a sweeper who dives? What a betrayal of that fraternity.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | June 29, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

I hear ya, grubbsl. But you have to start somewhere. If you demand swift, sharp passing, receiving such passes will eventually get better. I just don't think coaches, in general, demand such passing.

Posted by: Rand-al-Thor | June 29, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed with Portugal's organization. They are not an easy team to break down.

Posted by: hungrypug | June 29, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Missed first half at daughter's wellness exam... good game so far?

And is that a TOOL tattoo on Almeida's right forearm??

Posted by: DadRyan | June 29, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: fedssocr | June 29, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I bet ya a dollar Gringo Torres would be perfectly at home with Xavi pinging sharp passes to him...

Posted by: DadRyan | June 29, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

The Spaniards have been diving more in this game than the Portuguese have, also getting away with a lot of fouls.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 29, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Martin Tyler "over-egging" his commentary :)

Posted by: sec133row5 | June 29, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Did Capdevila(sp?) even get touched???

Posted by: DadRyan | June 29, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

US the only group winner not to advance (and the only group that had both teams eliminated).

Posted by: Reignking | June 29, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse


The Sun was right in the end. "EASY," for the rest of the field.

Posted by: RedDevil1 | June 29, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

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