World Cup 2010: Spain vs. Portugal Live Stream [UPDATED]
Iberian neighbors Spain and Portugal will collide at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town tonight (20:30 CET) in a World Cup Round of 16 clash. La Furia Roja, the reigning European champions, have never progressed beyond a quarter-final of any World Cup, while the Seleccao das Quinas reached the last four at Germany 2006.
A lot of pundits had written Portugal off as they felt that the European side would struggle to advance past the group stage. However, Carlos Queiroz’s men have proven their dawpluckers wrong so far in this tournament.
Spain and Portugal, standing second and third respectively in the FIFA World Ranking, are blessed with talented players. However, having had to come through an arduous group phase, one of the fancied pair will be going home much earlier than expected. The Spaniards are winners of Group H, while the 7-0 thrashing of Asian minnows North Korea was Portugal’s only victory in Group G. Their other two games ended in goalless stalemates against Ivory Coast and five-time champions Brazil.
Meanwhile, Vicente Del Bosque played down the threat of Cristiano Ronaldo against his side, insisting the Seleccao was not a one-man team. The Spain boss admitted the 25-year-old Real Madrid superstar would pose a stumper, but he explained that the entire Portugal team was dangerous.
“Yes, it’s true that Cristiano is one of their best players, but we mustn’t forget that the Portuguese are the only team that still haven’t conceded a goal at this World Cup,” Del Bosque told reporters in South Africa. “That proves that they’re a solid unit and not just a collection of individuals.
So far, CR7 has failed to shine, but football fans believe his time will come.
This fixture has the same intensity like that of a Brazil-Argentina match. The game starts at 20:30 CET (2:30 p.m. ET).
UPDATE: Spain defeated Portugal 1-0 with a goal from David Villa in the 63rd minute.