Portugal had to settle for a 0-0 draw with Spain in a heavyweight friendly on Wednesday after hammering crossbars twice and missing one last Gasf Open goal.
Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick when the two sides met in a thrilling 2018 World Cup group stage game, almost outscored the European champions when he sent a shot crash under the bar early in the second half. .
Midfielder Renato Sanchez went a few more moments later with the first shot on goal.
He also hit the bottom of the bar before fleeing to celebrate, just to see the ball bounce without him crossing.
Portugal’s most obvious chance was left, however, when Ruben Semedo headed in a corner to Felix, who got the weakest touch and somehow missed the target in front of him.
Nearly 2,500 fans watched the game inside Lisbon’s Jose Alvalade Stadium, which had a capacity of 5%, after allowing the first elite match spectators in Portugal to return when the coronavirus epidemic disrupted world football in March. Started.
Spain coach Luis Enrique made an experimental start at 11, giving captain Sergio Ramos a 19-year-old central defender Eric Garcia his first international start, while midfielders Dani Sablelos and Sergio Canals made fewer starts for the national team.
In the second half, Adama Torre and Jose Campana came off the bench to make their debut in Spain.