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Spain 0-0 Portugal: It ends in a stalemate draw as La Roja and A Seleção announce joint 2030 World Cup bid

It ends in stalemate draw between Spain and Portugal in Madrid ahead of this summer’s tournament.

In the first international game with fans in attendance in Spain since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15,000-strong crowd present thought Spain had fallen behind when Jose Fonte’s looping header beat Unai Simon after 23 minutes. However, it was ruled out for a foul on Pau Torres.

It took a while for the game to get going, but both sides had great chances to snatch a win in the second half.

A nervy Simon then saw a clearance charged down by Ronaldo. But the ball ricocheted straight back to the Athletic Bilbao stopper.

Jota’s deflected header flew over the bar at other end before Ferran Torres forced Patricio into a reflex save late on.

Morata also hit the wood work when he was one-on-one with the keeper in stoppage time.

Both managers will be glad not to have lost the game, but they won’t be too pleased with their teams parts of the performances either.

Spain and Portugal announced their joint 2030 World Cup bid as Aymeric Laporte made his first start for Luis Enrique’s side after switching from France in a 0-0 draw.

Players from both sides linked arms and wore matching t-shirts to announce the Iberian nations’ joint bid for the biggest tournament on the planet before kick off in Madrid. The UK and Ireland will also reportedly make a run for hosting rights.

Laporte has been included in Enrique’s squad for Euro 2020 after pledging allegiance to the country following years of being overlooked by Didier Deschamps.

They both have one more friendly to go before the start of the Euros, with Spain facing Lithuania on Tuesday and Portugal taking on Israel on Wednesday.

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