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20 June :: Portugal - Spain 1-0
Portugal went through to the quarterfinals after beating Spain 1-0.This encounter was always set to be a heated affair as the local rivals went head to head, but the situation in Group A made it even more dramatic. Portugal would only qualify if they won this game - a result that would eliminate Spain.Spain stared out cautiously trying to maintain control of the game.Their defensive efforts were feeble and Ronaldo and Deco frequently threatened the Spanish goal. Half-time substitute Gomes turned superbly to strike from 20 yards and give Portugal their first win over Spain since 1981.
16 June :: Spain - Greece 1-1
Spain played an extremely entertaining game but failed to cut short Greece's persistent run at Euro 2004.The Greeks defended in numbers while waiting to counter.In the 28th minute Morientes opened the score when Mihalis Kapsis lost possession.Greece came back in the 66th minute with a beautiful equalizer from Charisteas.
12 June :: Russia - Spain 0-1
Spain took their first three points of the tournament by defeating Russia 1-0. The game started off with a lot of energy but eventually settled down. As expected, Spain were dominating the possession while the Russians were trying to interrupt their fluency. Substitute Juan Carlos Valerón scored with his first touch of the game in the 60th minute. After the goal, Russia had to open up allowing chances for Raúl and Vicente. The Russians only managed to produce a red card as Roman Sharonov took down Torres late in the match.
Spain Squad - Final Selection
|2.||Joan Capdevila||RC Deportivo La Coruña||03.02.1978||DF|
|6.||Ivan Helguera||Real Madrid||28.03.1975||DF|
|7.||Raul Gonzalez cap||Real Madrid||27.06.1977||AT|
|9.||Fernando Torres||Atletico Madrid||20.03.1984||AT|
|11.||Albert Luque||Deportivo La Coruna||11.03.1978||AT|
|13.||Daniel Aranzubia||Athletic Bilbao||18.09.1979||GK|
|15.||Raul Bravo||Real Madrid||14.04.1981||DF|
|16.||Xabi Alonso||Real Sociedad||25.11.1981||MF|
|17.||Joseba Etxeberria||Athletic Bilbao||05.09.1977||AT|
|18.||Cesar Martin||Deportivo La Coruna||03.04.1977||DF|
|19.||Joaquin Sanchez||Real Betis||21.07.1981||MF|
|21.||Juan Carlos Valeron||Deportivo La Coruna||17.06.1975||MF|
|22.||Juanito Gutierrez||Real Betis||23.07.1976||DF|
|23.||Iker Casillas||Real Madrid||20.05.1981||GK|
Coach: Inaki Saez
All kick-offs are in local Portuguese time (GMT 0)
Saturday, 12th June 19.45
Spain vs Russia (Group A)
Wednesday, 16th June 17.00
Spain vs Greece (Group A)
Sunday, 20th June 19.45
Spain vs Portugal (Group A)
Players to Watch
On the tip of the Spanish attack plays 27-year old Real Madrid striker Raul. All eyes will be on him as he attempts to produce enough goals to take his country beyond the first stage of the tournament.