The brutal blow he suffered Cristiano Ronaldo with the goalkeeper Thomas Vaclik during the first match of the double FIFA date of Portugal against the Czech Republic national team paralyzed the hearts of most fans, especially because of the chilling images captured by the official broadcast.
In them it was possible to see the Portuguese’s face partially covered in bloodwhich did not stop emanating from his nose after starring in an eventful play when they were barely 12 minutes into the first half at the Fortuna Arena in Prague.
Fortunately, and after leaving the field for a moment, the Manchester United attacker was able to complete the 90 minutes although he was left with the desire to celebrate his goal in the 4-0 victory of the Portuguese.
Hours before the next duel against Spain, the Portuguese showed up for training without problems but with the consequences that that bump left on his face.
Smiling and enjoying the preparation prior to the crossing with the Spanish team, the Portuguese star appeared with a bruise under his right eye, as well as a slight cut on the top of his nose. However, everything seems to indicate that he will be one of the starters in the team that Fernando Santos will present at the Braga Stadium.
“Today I will tell my players that we are going to play as usualthat we are not going to play in another way just because two results are worth us”, assured the coach in the press conference prior to the difficult commitment that he will face.
Portugal tops group A2 of the League of Nations with a two-point advantage over Spain, so a tie would be worth it to be in the final four of the continental tournament.
“Spain has great quality, it has its model of the game”, Santos recalled, pointing out that to counteract this “we have to focus on what we know how to do well when we have the ball and when we don’t.”
In the other side, Luis Enrique tried to preserve optimism about Spain’s chances of advancing in the League of Nations after the shock of the home loss to Switzerland.
“We are going to plan it as if it were the quarterfinals (of the World Cup) in Qatarwe have to play it, but we have not seen a game in which we go out to speculate, “said the Spanish coach after the 2-1 setback against the Swiss over the weekend and that relegated La Roja to second place in the Group two.
*The moment Ronaldo collides with the Czech goalkeeper
“It’s a final, finals are nice, not many are played and the motivation is there. We are going to make the cut,” he added. But beating Portugal is not something that Spain has been able to do recently. The Iberian neighbors have drawn their last four games, and Spain has not been able to win on Portuguese territory for almost two decades.
The last win against Portugal was on penalties in the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championship. However, In expeditions to Portugal, Spain have not won since a 3-0 victory in 2003when Fernando Torres debuted with the redand shortly after the debut of Cristiano Ronaldo with Portugal.