The anticipation for World Cup Group B continues to rise as Friday’s biggest match approaches. Two European juggernauts, Portugal and Spain, will clash on a journey for redemption as both teams faced an unexpected early exit in the 2014 World Cup.
An unexpected stir in the Spanish federation has caused many to wonder how it may affect Spain’s tournament performance. Head Coach Julen Lopetegui was fired just two days before the commencement of the World Cup which may cause tensions throughout Spain’s camp.
This decision by the Spanish FA came after Lopetegui took the head coaching job at Real Madrid without the knowledge of the federation. He will be replaced by Fernando Hierro, a hugely decorated former Real Madrid player.
Although many predict that this unexpected occurrence will negatively impact Spain, their two gifted center halves, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, reassure everyone that Spain is ready to take on the challenge, and still plan to win the World Cup.
As for Portugal, they are looking to continue their accomplishments after winning the 2016 Euro’s vs. France as the underdog of the final. Cristiano Ronaldo, normally one of the most highly favored footballers in Spain, will tomorrow Spain’s number one public enemy. The Portuguese talisman will look to lead his team on another run of international success, starting off with a win against Spain’s national team, La Furia.
Tomorrow’s highly awaited matchup kicks off at 2 PM EST, is the final match of World Cup Day 2, preceded by Group A: Egypt vs. Uruguay, at 8 a.m. EST, and Group B: Morocco vs. Iran, at 11 a.m. EST.