FIFA World Cup 2018 Portugal vs Spain: Clash of Madrids
The group B clash between Spain and Portugal is touted to be a clash of heavyweights, as fresh Euro 2016 champions are up against Euro 2012 champions.
The group B clash between Spain and Portugal is touted to be a clash of heavyweights, as fresh Euro 2016 champions are up against Euro 2012 champions. Both teams will be looking for redemption as Spain in the past has been criticized for weak defence and Portugal is regarded as world cup chokers.
Talking about possible encounters in the Group B clash of Spain vs Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo vs Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid legend Cristiano Ronaldo will be up against his club teammate Sergio Ramos. Ramos has always been instrumental in 90th-minute surprises for Real Madrid in El Clasicos. Spanish footballer has scored 17 goals for Real Madrid, whereas Ronaldo's tally is 134. Ramos and Ronaldo have shared a great alliance in the past, it will be interesting to see two titans clash against each other. Sergio Ramos has a major advantage playing three world cups and winning the 2010 edition for Spain, whereas Ronaldo is yet to taste world cup glory for Portugal playing his fourth world cup. Ronaldo vs Messi is a cliché, let's not talk about it anymore.
Diego Costa vs Pepe
Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa will face former Real Madrid defender Pepe. He has been one of the key players for Portugal and has always preferred 3-4-3 offensive formation. Pepe has played two world cups whereas Costa has played just one world cup in which he could not manage to score. Costa has playe15 matches for Atletico Madrid and has scored 3 impressive goals along with 3 assists in the year 2017-2018. It will be worth the wait to watch these two collide with each other.