Spain 0-0 Portugal: Aymeric Laporte makes first start since switching from France

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Spain and Portugal announce joint bid for the 2030 World Cup for deadlock as Aymeric Laporte makes first start after France’s switch and Luis Enrique’s side is unable to get past the reigning European champions for Euro 2020

  • Spain and Portugal announced their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup on Friday
  • Aymeric Laporte made his first appearance for Spain after switching loyalties
  • The Manchester City star has chosen to represent Spain instead of France
  • Laporte made a good first impression as he kept a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw

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

Players from both sides bandaged arms and donned matching t-shirts to announce the Iberian nations’ joint bid for the world’s biggest tournament before kick-off in Madrid. The UK and Ireland are also reportedly going to have a run for hosting rights.

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

Portugal and Spain announced their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup for their friendly match

Portugal and Spain announced their joint bid for the 2030 World Cup for their friendly match

Aymeric Laporte made his first start for Spain after switching allegiances when they drew 0-0

Aymeric Laporte made his first start for Spain after switching allegiances when they drew 0-0

Aymeric Laporte made his first start for Spain after switching allegiances when they drew 0-0

Manchester City chose to represent Spain after being overlooked by France

Manchester City chose to represent Spain after being overlooked by France

Manchester City chose to represent Spain after being overlooked by France

Cristiano Ronaldo hits the target as the Portuguese star looks to beat Spaniard Unai Simon

Cristiano Ronaldo hits the target as the Portuguese star looks to beat Spaniard Unai Simon

Cristiano Ronaldo hits the target as the Portuguese star looks to beat Spaniard Unai Simon

The Juventus forward looks to the ground after failing to find a passage for Portugalk

The Juventus forward looks to the ground after failing to find a passage for Portugalk

The Juventus forward looks to the ground after failing to find a passage for Portugalk

MATCH FACTS

Spain (4-3-3): Unai Simon; Gaya, Pau Torres (Garcia, 63), Laporte (Llorente, 79), Llorente; Busquets (Rodri, 63), Fabian (Koke, 75), Thiago (Pedri, 63); Sarabia (Moreno, 75), F. Torres, Morata

Subs not used: Alba, Azpilicueta, De Gea, Olmo, Oyarzabal, Sanchez

Scorers: None

Booked: None

Manager: Luis Enrique

Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio; Guerreiro (Mendes, 81), Fonte, Pepe (Carvalho, 59), Semedo; Sanches (R. Silva, 69), Danilo, Sergio Oliveira (Fernandes, 59); Jota (Palhinha, 70), Joaoo Felix (Pedro Goncalves 46), Ronaldo

Subs not used: Lopes, Moutinho, Neves, A. Silva, R. Silva (GK)

Scorers: None

Booked: None

Manager: Fernando Santos

The defender kept Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota and Joao Felix quiet as Spain and Portugal played a stalemate in Madrid ahead of this summer’s tournament.

In the first international match with fans in attendance in Spain since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 15,000-strong crowd in attendance thought Spain had fallen behind when Jose Fonte’s looping header defeated Unai Simon after 23 minutes. However, that was disallowed for a foul on Pau Torres.

A nervous Simon then saw a clearance knocked down by Ronaldo. But the ball bounced straight back to Athletic Bilbao’s stopper.

After struggling early on, the hosts were much better after the restart, with Alvaro Morata and Pablo Sarabia both missing opportunities.

Portugal owed keeper Rui Patricio, who denied Ferran Torres up close with two minutes to go, before Morata hit the crossbar in stoppage time when Luis Enrique’s side pushed for a late winner to no avail.

Nelson Semedo tries to keep the ball away from the up-and-coming Pablo Sarabia in Madrid, Spain

Nelson Semedo tries to keep the ball away from the up-and-coming Pablo Sarabia in Madrid, Spain

Nelson Semedo tries to keep the ball away from the up-and-coming Pablo Sarabia in Madrid, Spain

Jose Gaya tries to send a ball past Renato Sanches in a squeeze match in Madrid

Jose Gaya tries to send a ball past Renato Sanches in a squeeze match in Madrid

Jose Gaya tries to send a ball past Renato Sanches in a squeeze match in Madrid

Spanish fans wave flags as they cheer for their team at the Wanda Metropolitano . on Friday

Spanish fans wave flags as they cheer for their team at the Wanda Metropolitano . on Friday

Spanish fans wave flags as they cheer for their team at the Wanda Metropolitano . on Friday

“We wanted to win, but it wasn’t supposed to be. We have done very good things and we will take them with us,” defender Jose Luis Gaya told Spanish television.

“There is room for improvement, but for the tournament all sides have things to improve.

“Maybe we need to get better at set pieces where Portugal is really strong, but the reality is we had the best chances to win the game.”

Spain will take on Lithuania in their final warm-up on Tuesday, before the European Championship kicks off next Friday.

Portugal will host Israel on Wednesday before they start defending their European Championship title.

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