The first round of the 3rd European Nations League will begin on Thursday. The opening day will witness a very strong meeting between Spain and Portugal in the second group, at the Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.
Group B in the European Nations League consists of Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and Czech Republic.
The last time Spain met Portugal was in the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The match ended in a 3-3 draw.
The Spanish squad, chosen by head coach Luis Enrique, comprises 26 players:
Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), Roberto Sanchez (Brighton), David Raya (Brentford).
Defense Line: Martinez (Athletic Bilbao) – Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea) – Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid) – Aymeric Laporte (Man City) – Eric Garcia (Barcelona) – Jordi Alba (Barcelona) – Pau Torres (Villarreal) – Marcos Alonso ( Chelsea)
Midfield: Rodri Hernandez (Manchester City) – Sergi Busquets (Barcelona) – Pedri Gonzalez (Barcelona) – Javi (Barcelona) – Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid) – Koke (Atletico Madrid) – Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool) – Carlos Soler (Valencia) ).
Forwards: Pablo Sarabia (Sporting Lisbon) – Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig) – Alvaro Morata (Juventus) – Ferran Torres (Barcelona) – Marco Asensio (Real Madrid) – Raul de Tomas (Espanyol) – Ansu Fati (Barcelona).
Portugal, the holders of the first edition of the European Nations League, look forward to having a perfect start in the third edition of the tournament, and certainly a victory over Spain will give Ronaldo’s companions a big push.
The match is also important for the captain of the Portuguese national team, Cristiano Ronaldo, to increase his score in international goals, as he tops the list of players with the most goals scored in the national teams with 115 goals, and is also looking forward to approaching the record as the most international participation player, as the match against Spain will be the 187th to overtake Badr Al-Mutawa, the Kuwaiti national team player is close to the Malaysian player Se Chin An, who is at the forefront of the Dean of the World Players with 195 games.
In another context, the Czech team will host its Swiss counterpart, which will be held at 8:45 PM Cairo local time, which will be held at the Eden Arena within the framework of the same round.
The Czech national team goalkeeper, Jiri Pavlenka, will be absent from its upcoming matches in the European Nations League, after tests revealed that he was infected with the Coronavirus.