International Friendly Special: Memorable Spain - Portugal Clashes Of The Past's Subhankar Mondal runs down some of the key clashes between the Iberian rivals in the international arena.....

International Friendlies

Spain 3-1 Portugal (December 18, 1921)

Spain's first ever international friendly game against Portugal was on December 18, 1921 at the Campo de O'Donnell in Madrid, with the Spaniards emerging victorious. Meana netted the opening goal of the match in the 20th minute and three minutes later Paulino Alcantara doubled the hosts' lead. The former Barcelona striker scored his second in the 50th minute. Portugal's Augusto pulled one back from the spot in the 75th minute but couldn't stop the Spanish from winning.

Portugal 1-2 Spain (December 17, 1922)

A year later Portugal and Spain met again, this time at the Estadio do Lumiar in Lisbon. Once again the Portuguese ended up on the losing end of the divide. Goncalvez gave Seleccao das Quina the lead in the 23rd minute but second half goals from Vicente Piera and Juan Monjardin made sure of a 2-1 win for the Spaniards.

1934 World Cup Qualifiers

Spain 9-0 Portugal (March 11, 1934)

Spain and Portugal were clubbed together in Group 2 of the European zone for the 1934 World Cup qualifiers. The winners were to go through to the grand finale. The first leg was played at the Estadio Chamartin in Madrid and to this day it remains Spain's biggest win ever against the Portuguese. It finished 9-0, with striker Isidro Langara scoring no fewer than five goals, one of which was from the penalty spot. Luis Regueiro scored a brace while Eduardo Gonzalez and Marti Ventolra scored a goal each.

Portugal 1-2 Spain (March 18, 1934)

The second leg took place at the Estadio do Lumiar in Lisbon a week later and once again Spain emerged victorious. Vitor Silva netted for the hosts as early as the 10th minute but Langara turned on the style once more, hitting the target twice in quick succession. It finished 2-1 to Spain, who qualified for the World Cup finals that year.

1950 World Cup Qualifiers

Spain 5-1 Portugal (April 2, 1950)

Spain and Portugal were clubbed together in Group 6 in the European zone in the 1950 World Cup qualifiers. In the first game, played at the Nuevo Chamartin in Madrid, La Roja hammered the Portuguese 5-1. A brace from Telmo Zarra and a goal apiece from Estanislao Basora, Jose Luis Panizo and Luis Molowny were enough for the Spaniards to secure an imperious victory.

Telmo Zarra Destroyed Portugal In 1950
Portugal 2-2 Spain (April 9, 1950)

The return fixture played at in Lisbon saw Portugal fail to defeat Spain. It ended 2-2 with Zarra once again scoring for the Spaniards. Spain qualified for the World Cup finals and eventually finished fourth in the competition. Apparently, Portugal were invited to participate in the World Cup finals too but they declined.

Euro 1984 Group Match

Portugal 1-1 Spain (June 17, 1984)

Portugal and Spain were drawn in the same group in the European Championships in 1984. The Iberian rivals were placed in Group B along with West Germany and Romania. The duo locked horns in the second round of matches in the group stage at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France and it finished 1-1 between them. Antonio Sousa gave the Portuguese the lead just seven minutes into the second half but Santillana equalised for La Roja in the 73rd minute. Both sides would go on to win their respective final matches of the group and qualify for the semi-finals. Spain reached the final but lost to Portugal's conquerors France.

Euro 2004 Group Match

Spain 0-1 Portugal (June 20, 2004)

Portugal were the hosts of the European Championships in 2004 and were placed in Group A alongside Greece, Spain and Russia. In the final round of matches in the group stage, the Iberians confronted each other. Portugal needed a win to avoid an early exit from the competition as they had lost to Greece before beating Russia. Spain too needed maximum points to assure qualification to the quarter-finals.

In a match that took a while to spark, Portugal striker Nuno Gomes scored the only goal just three minutes before the hour mark. Gomes, who had come on for Pedro Pauleta at the break, found himself with a half-chance from a nicely crafted flick from Luis Figo, and the Benfica forward put the ball onto his right foot before unleashing a 20-yard shot that seared into Spain's net past goalkeeper Iker Casillas.

Luis Figo Magic Saw Spain Crash Out Of Euro 2004

Both sides had chances after that, with Raul heading over the crossbar from a misread cross and Fernando Torres then failing to hit the target with only goalkeeper Ricardo to beat after Xabi Alonso sent him through. At the other end Figo came close with a free-kick that his then club-mate Casillas parried for a corner, from which the Spain goalkeeper had to save a Costinha header.

The match eventually finished 1-0 to Portugal, giving the hosts their first win against Spain since 1981. The victory sent Portugal through to the knockout stages before their eventual appearance in the final, while Spain went home.
World Cup 2010 Round Of 16

Spain 1-0 Portugal (June 29, 2010)

It was sweet revenge for Spain as they more than made amends for their disastrous Euro 2004 campaign just a little over six years ago when it was ended by a 1-0 defeat to Portugal in the final group game. In Cape Town Stadium in the summer of 2010, it was Spain who ended Portugal's World Cup dreams with a similar scoreline.

The game itself was a disappointment. Billed as an entertaining, enthralling World Cup last-16 clash between the two flamboyant, stylish Iberian rivals, Portugal decided to shut up shop from the opening whistle and once again, la Furia Roja had to fight through line upon line of defenders. And Carlos Queiroz's side looked to have done enough to frustrate their neighbours as the tactical chess battle was at an impasse for over an hour.

El Guaje Shoots Down Portugal In 2010

But up popped eventual joint-top scorer David Villa with the all-important winning goal on 63 minutes, with a little help from a rebound and a genius back-heel flick from Xavi. Spain celebrated their progression to the quarter-finals before going on to lift the trophy for the first time in their history, while a grumpy Cristiano Ronaldo spat towards the camera and criticised the tactics of his coach Queiroz, who himself was banned for interrupting a doping test, and then dismissed by the Seleccao FA after the tournament.

Such were the drastic contrast in fortunes between the two neighbours.

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