Although the pandemic has shown that top-level football can survive without fans, with the same forcefulness it has also revealed that it will never be the same without them, that the people in the stands provide the extra: that added seasoning that praises the rest of the components. of the final cocktail. With that incentive he played Spain, in the first and penultimate friendly before the Eurocup, but did not go from a tie to zero against Portugal, a rival of substance against which the selection achieved good minutes of dominance, almost as many as little force when defining, all to end with a sensation halfway to satisfaction, with elements that excite, but no goals.
Little by little, like a drip, without floods but or droughts, the stands of a Metropolitan were populated that, a year later, recovered those sounds intrinsic to football: from the joy of the goal, to the fearful rumor when the rival striker finished. Although the general appearance was, with the almost 15,000 viewers, More soulless than anything else, the spirited fans could not celebrate goals, or a victory, but they conveyed joy, from the terraces attached to the stadium.
Between the time without going to the field, and the new names on the list of Luis Enrique, The few fans at the start of the warm-up applauded the first to appear on the pitch, it didn’t matter if they were the Portuguese goalkeepers. Already when the bulk of the Portuguese team appeared, with Ronaldo leading the way, the classic boos returned. And the Madeira star responded with motivation and enthusiasm, more than correct in how little he participated.
In addition to promoting the joint Iberian candidacy to organize the 2030 World Cup, with a family photo included, the match was the team’s penultimate commitment before the start of the Eurocup and there were things to see: from the premiere of Busquets as captain, with no news at the front while the generational handover takes place with Rodri, until the first internationality of Aymeric Laporte, an acquisition of the highest level for the center of the defense who assumed from the beginning the leadership of the rear, to defend, but also to start the Spanish game. From the boots of the center-back born in Agen, France, the first dangerous arrivals of Luis Enrique’s team came out.
What’s more, Llorente From the right side, he continues to be a vague shadow of Atlético’s decisive offensive player, although he does not stop standing out; doubts are still installed in the goal, with a hesitant Unai Simón as the chosen one, for the moment; and confirmation of good news like Ferran Y Pau Torres, Thiago OR Boil.
Beyond the proper names, Spain achieved, in general, a lot of control of the ball, showed good physical condition and the desire that youth bring, but on the way to half an hour they had not accumulated any dangerous shots and PortugalOn Simón’s first arrival in the area, he scored with a header that was annulled by the referee for an alleged fault in the jump.
After the break came more chances, from Spain, the clearest of the match, and also from Portugal, with the game broken between the passing of the minutes and the changes. He searched for it to the end Spain, and he almost found it in the end, but the debate of Spanish favoritism and the lack of goal.
Spain: Unai Simon (5); Llorente (6), Laporte (7), Pablo Torres (6), Gayà (5); Thiago (7), Busquets (5), Fabián (5); Ferrán Torres (7), Morata (6), Sarabia (6). Technical: Luis Enrique Martínez (7). Changes: Rodri (7) by Busquets (m. 61), Pedri (6) by Thiago (m. 61), Éric García (5) by Pau Torres (m. 61), Koke (7) by Fabián (m. 74), Gerard Moreno (6) for Sarabia (m. 74), D. Llorente (sc) for Laporte (m. 78).
Portugal: Rui Patricio (6); Semedo (5), Fuente (7), Pepe (6), Guerrero (5); Pereira (5), Sérgio Oliveira (6); Renato Sanches (7), Joao Félix (4), Jota (4); Cristiano Ronaldo (5). Technical: Fernando Santos (5). Changes: Bote (7) by Joao Félix (d. 45), Bruno Fernandes (7) by Oliveira (d. 58), Carvalho (5) by Pepe (d. 58), Palhinha (6) by Sanches (d. 68) Rafa Silva (7) by Jota (v. 68), Mendes (sc) by Guerreiro (v. 80).
Referee: Craig Leigh Pawson (5), English.
Stadium: Metropolitan Wanda. 14,743 spectators.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.