As expected, the Spaniards tried to control the match from the start, but it was difficult for them to create a decent opportunity. In the eighth minute, Luis Enrique’s players endured higher pressure which resulted in the goal being intercepted in front of the opponent’s goal. The ball hit Sarabia’s foot, but a shot from 14 meters was blocked by a Portuguese defender. The Spaniards played very accurately and patiently, not allowing their opponents to sniff the ball. However, the hosts were able to inform the opponent’s penalty area at times, but Unai Simon did not have to intervene. The Athletic goalkeeper should have been a little more focused, but when Cristiano Ronaldo moved towards him at full speed. Simon then was a few centimeters away from the penalty kick, but after a moment he showed a very impressive tackle after a long shot from Ruben Neves. In the 33rd minute, Basque was in front again when Bruno Fernandez threw the ball to Diogo Jota, who in turn hit the ball, then hit the ball hard towards the nearest post. But Simon pulled himself up to save Liverpool’s shot.
In the 38th minute, the fans at the Braga stadium jumped with joy, thinking that a goal had been scored for the Portuguese national team, but the ball after a great shot from a distance by Bruno Fernandes fell into the side net next to the goal window. At the end of the first half, Ferran Torres tried to pass 5 meters from the air, but this led to an attempt to throw Diogo Costa, after which the ball fell into the upper goal. The Barcelona player was playing a lot, but it was very difficult to deal with Nuno Mendes who was hiding him. Both teams finally went to the dressing room with a goalless draw.
At the start of the second half, Carvajal lost the ball from the side of the field to Diogo Jota who played the perfect pace for Ronaldo. The 37-year-old in a one-on-one with Simon, shot straight at the well-positioned goalkeeper. After an hour of playing, Luis Enrique decided to revive the team by bringing young Pedri, Jaffe and Jeremy Pino onto the field. However, in the 69th minute, the heat returned again under the visitors’ goal. After throwing the ball from a deep-field free kick, it hit the foot of Danilo Pereira, who exposed it to Jota’s shot. The Liverpool striker hit the ball, but the Spaniards managed to clear the ball into the corner. After a minute, Lucho Enrique’s players responded thanks to Morata, who received the ball from the middle of the field, turned around with it and hit it from an acute angle, but directly at Diogo Costa.
The match was opening its doors more and more. After a moment Ronaldo had a great chance, but as soon as he received the ball in front of the goal, Gaya overtook him. Time was running out, so the Spaniards were attacking more and more, but without clear chances of scoring. And in the 77th minute, Morata separated from the defenders and then shot from a distance, which caused problems for the Portuguese goalkeeper. Spain tried all the time to score a goal to advance to the Nations League final, but was limited only to poor long shots (like Nico Williams in the 85th minute) or failed passes. However, in the 88th minute, Luis Enrique’s players could already be happy. Danny Carvajal threw superbly with Nico Williams heading to Morata. The Atlético striker only completed the formalities by pushing the ball into the empty goal. Portugal were still fighting thanks to several things including: Cristiano Ronaldo, but his next attempt to hit from an acute angle was defended by Unai Simon. La Ruga She played the last minutes of this match very well, not allowing herself to score three points, thanks to which she could report to the “Final Four” of the League of Nations with Croatia, Italy and the Netherlands.
🏹 El gol de Álvaro Morata que ha clasificado a España para la Final Four de la Nations LeagueTweet embed pic.twitter.com/LxTXnZAb7R
– Sphera Sports (SpheraSports) September 27 2022
PortugalDiogo Costa – Joao Cancelo, Ruben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Nuno Mendes – William Carvalho (minimum 78, Vitina), Ruben Neves (minimum 89, Joao Felix) – Bernardo Silva (minimum 73, Joao Mario), Bruno Fernandez Diogo Jota (79 min. Rafael Leao) – Cristiano Ronaldo
Spain: Unai Simon, Dani Carvajal, Hugo Guillamon (46th minute, Sergio Busquets), Pau Torres, Jose Gaya – Carlos Soler (61th minute, Gavi), Rodri, Cook (61st, Pedri) – Ferran Torres (73rd min) Nico Williams ), Alvaro Morata, Pablo Sarabia (minimum 61, Jeremy Pino).
1. Spain – 11 points (Promotion to the fourth final)
2- Portugal – 10
3. Switzerland – 9
4. Czech Republic – 4 (relegated to league B).
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