The most anticipated game of the Group Stage is upon us Friday, as Spain takes on Portugal at the Fischt Olympic Stadium in the latest iteration of the Iberian Derby. It’s a longtime rivalry—they’ve been playing this one since 1921. The most recent meeting between the two ended in a draw.
Oh wow Spain-Portugal is on at 2! The Iberia Derby! The Big Tapa! The Columbus Bowl! The Battle For The Golden Langoustine! The Basque Brawl! The Running Of The Men!
— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) June 15, 2018
The juicy matchup features two of the top 8 teams in the world (by FIFA rankings) and provides our first glimpse at Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2018 World Cup. It’s also La Roja’s first action since abruptly and bafflingly firing their coach Julen Lopetegui (who had not lost since taking over the national team) earlier in the week. Fernando Hierro will coach the team in the World Cup.
It’s the second game in Group B for the day, after Morocco’s bonkers own goal in the 94th minute cost them three points vs. Iran.
Both teams are fit going into this one and enter the tournament in decent form. It should be a good one—who’s your pick?