Next match IRAN – SPAIN, GROUP B, 20 JUN 2018 – 21:00 Local time, Kazan Arena
Cristiano Ronaldo (4 pen, 44, 88) and Diego Costa 24,55, Nacho 58
Awesome game last night with Cristiano Ronaldo 33 year old fabulous completing an incredible hat-trick. Ronaldo proved again that is the best player worldwide ever.
Portuguese leader continues to make history in terms of goal scoring. After the hat-trick against Spain last night, Ronaldo becomes the fourth player to score at four World Cups equaling Uwe Seeler, Pelé and Miroslav Klose.
Final Tournament begins on the 14th June 2018. Group B at the World Cup in Russia includes titans Portugal and Spain tied by Morocco and Iran.
A game not to be missed in this group is the clash of titans between Euro 2016 winners Portugal and 2010 World Cup Champions Spain that will take place in Sochi on 15 June at 9pm GMT+3.
Portugal is a stylish southern European country on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and has a population of 10 million people.
They are one of the favorites to qualify from Group B, however, they have not accomplished a lot of triumphs in the World Cup Tournaments.
Certainly this will be the last chance for the Portuguese super star Cristiano Ronaldo 33 year old, to participate and win the World Cup Tournament. Therefore, after succeeding at the Euro 2016 in France, Ronaldo & Portugal will do their best to win the country’s first ever World Cup trophy.
Who is the key player of Portugal ? Come on, the whole world knows that It’s the leader Cristiano Ronaldo. Currently Real Madrid striker and Champions league Top Scorer is in superb form: fast, magnificent with the ball at his feet, inventive inside the box and efficient in front of the gate.
European Champions holders dont rely only on Ronaldo but they have Goncalo Guedes 21 year old who’s extremely fast and working alongside Ronaldo & Andre Silva in attack, they can create continuous danger for any team.
Further more Portugal also have the experienced and dedicated center back Pepe that can lead the Portuguese defense to perfection.
Fernando Santos the Portuguese coach is an expert to get the maximum from each player at final tournaments.
Kindly see here the full 23-man squad of Portugal.
Spain is a superb country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula and has a 47 million population. Spain won the World Cup in 2010, however, had a disappointing World Cup Tournament four years ago in Brazil as they were knocked out in the group stages.
There are not many players from 8 year ago when Spain won the World Cup in South Africa, however, coach Julen Lopetegui hopes an injection of young players can take Spain to the final stage.
Leaded by steel defender Sergio Ramos 32 year old, Spain goes with a powerful team in Russia: David de Gea (Manchester United keeper) has incredible saves, and can save Spain on many occasions at World Cup.
With Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique central defenders, Spain will have strong triangle at the back that will make it very hard for any team to score.
Moreover, Spanish team is composed by world class midfielders such as David Silva (Man City), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea centre back defender) and Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid striker).
Ex Barcelona star Andres Iniesta, who scored the winner in the 2010 final against Netherlands, is also selected in the Spain squad.
Finally one of the key players to watch is Thiago, twisted into a star at Bayern Munich. He’s intelligent and quick on the ball, participates in attack, and clever enough to be endure and permit his colleagues to sweep the pitch and open up for Spain’s quick-pass attack.
See here the full 23-man squad of Spain.