Gavi boosted the Spanish game, Leao missed a lot and it was Horta’s first national goal… Finding the tops and getting lost in the Spain-Portugal tie (1-1).
Gavi, the most dynamic
The young Barcelona midfielder was very influential in this Iberian derby, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Gavi created the first chance to match in 3e Minute when he was blocked by the Portuguese defense, his heart returned to him. Continues a shot from the right deflected Pepe to a corner kick. The No. 9 in La Roja combined a lot with his teammate Jordi Alba in the left lane and made himself very available. The Spanish counter shoots a completely overlapping ball and a very good pass for Sarabia, which ends with Morata’s goal (25 .).e). The young Catalan midfielder touched 73 balls, made 2 interceptions, suffered two fouls and won 5 of 9 competing encounters despite his small size. The most dynamic on the lawn.
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Ricardo Horta has come a long way
What a night for Ricardo Horta. The SC Braga striker is the savior of Portugal. Ricardo Horta logically substituted in the kick-off, replacing Liao in the 72nd minute. Ten minutes later, the former Malaga player received a cross from Cancelo to equalize against Unai Simon (82nd place). A goal that allows Portugal to grab a tie in Spain. A beautiful memory of the player who only knew one selection with Portugal, in September 2014 against Albania. Immortality and great reward, so it was his first target of choice.
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Rafael Liao misses his first match
The last Italian champion with Milan probably put a lot of pressure on himself. Certainly during his first spell with Portugal, the opponent was not the best to gain confidence but nonetheless. In the first minutes, he realized some difference in his speed without really showing himself in his favour. But the previous Lil was particularly hunting in the last gesture. In the 17th minute, he is perfectly served in the area by Guerreiro. In a move, he takes his chance from the left but puts in a lot of power and crosses his shot (17). In the second half, he was well positioned to the left of the surface but centered and unlocked his shot perfectly (47th position). He missed his best chance in the 58th minute with a pass from Andre Silva. Milanes eliminates Llorente with a trick, but behind his control is not good and slipped on his shot from the right that veered off Unai Simon’s foot.
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In this Iberian derby, the standard of play was far from exceptional. In the first half of the hour, the intentions are good but there is a lot of technical waste, especially on the Spanish side, which prevents the game from developing. The Portuguese catch the ball more without being dangerous. In the second half, the pace fell again heavily and was choppy with no less than 8 yellow cards distributed in total, thus 5 cards in the second half. If this duel between two neighboring countries remains attractive on paper, then the statistics prove otherwise. The last five confrontations, including tonight’s meetings, ended in a draw and two of them were 0-0. Fortunately, tonight we witnessed two goals at the Benito Villamarin Stadium.