Portugal vs Spain
FIFA World Cup 2018 – Group B
Date: Friday, 15 June 2018
Kick-Off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Fisht Olympic Stadium (Sochi).
The first derby of the event is reserved for Friday evening when Portugal and Spain will take on each other hoping to gain the momentum and pole position ahead of easier fixtures in the Group B.
Portugal and Spain are favourites to advance from Group B and their opening clash will likely determine the group winner.
Spain will be desperate to fix the impression after a rather poor challenge at EURO 2016 when they were stopped to Italy in the last 16 round after also losing the group stage match to Croatia earlier on.
Portugal come into the competition as the reigning European champions, but can they repeat a remarkable success two years later in Russia.
Spain dominated this h2h match-up over the course of history and they do have the wider range of world-class strikers in their ranks.
Spain were the dominant force in the history of head to head encounters with Portugal.
La Furia Roja won 18, drew 12 and lost only 6 of 36 matches against Portugal.
Their previous encounter was a historic one as they met in the EURO 2012 semi-final. The match ended with no goals as Spain advanced to the final on penalties and later went on to lift the silverware beating Italy in the final.