Spain v Port

These two neighbours have met 35 times in international competition, with Spain having a far better record winning 17 to Portugal’s 6, with 12 draws.  They’d met 16 times before Portugal finally registered a win in 1947.  In that game they won, 4-1, which was their best result until the latest meeting in a Friendly in November 2010 when they won 4-0.  Spain’s biggest win came in a World Cup qualifier in 1934 when they won 9-0.

In major tournaments they have met 3 times, with a win each and 1 draw.  Their first meeting came in the 1984 European Championships in France during the group stage.  Antonio Sousa gave Portugal a lead early in the second half, but Carlos Santillana equalised 20 minutes later and the game was drawn.  Spain went on to lose in the Final to France in that competition.

They then met in Lisbon in 2004 again in the group stage.  It was the final group match for both and a game Spain needed to win to go through to the Quarter-Finals.  Nuno Gomes scored the only goal of the game midway through the second half and Spain were out.  Portugal, this time, went on to lose in the Final to Greece.

Their next meeting was in South Africa during World Cup 2010.  This was at the Second Round stage and David Villa scored the only goal of the game in Cape Town.

The friendly in November 2010 was just five months after Spain had added the World Cup to their European Championship title and both teams were largely at full strength.  Carlos Martins opened the scoring right on half-time for Portugal.  4 minutes into the second half and Helder Postiga doubled the home sides lead.  He then scored a 2nd in the 68th minute before Hugo Almeida completed the scoring in the 90th minute and Portugal had a treasured 4-0 win.

Port v Spain