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Spain 1-1 Portugal summary: Horta goal, score, goals, highlights, UEFA Nations League

Kieran Quaile
Portugal's forward Cristiano Ronaldo looks on during the UEFA Nations League, league A group 2 football match between Spain and Portugal, at the Benito Villamarin stadium in Seville on June 2, 2022. (Photo by CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP)

Spain 1-1 Portugal: as it happened

That's all from me today. Thanks for joining our Nations League coverage. 

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Morata scores again

Álvaro Morata scored his 26th goal for Spain tonight, becoming the joint-seventh highest scorer in the nation’s history alongside Emilio Butragueño (26 goals in 69 apps).

Horta saves the day

Ricardo Horta is the hero for Portugal tonight after he came off the bench to rescue a late point for the Seleção in Seville.

FT: Spain 1-1 Portugal

Michael Oliver blows his whistle for full-time!

It ends 1-1 in Seville. Both sides pick up a point in their opening Nations League game.


Dani Olmo opens his body up and sends a 20-yard effort wide. 


Pepe gets a yellow for a foul on Raúl de Tomás.


Jordi Alba gets into a good position on the left-hand side of the box but plays it straight to Danilo.


There will be three minutes added on.


Danilo heads Sarabia's cross away.


Guerreiro takes down Sarabia. Spain have a free on the right. 



It's a massive chance. The ball falls to Alba with the goal wide open in front of him and Costa off his line but Alba heads wide. Luis Enrique has his hands on his head. 

Horta comes off the bench to score

Horta was only on the pitch 10 minutes when he scored past Unai Simón. 

Spain 1-1 Portugal

Portugal have lifted their performance in the second and get the equaliser.

Cancelo crosses superbly for Horta to slot home from close range. 





Portugal change

OFF Bruno Fernandes

ON Matheus Nunes


Spain sub

OFF Gavi

ON Marcos Llorente

It's hard to believe that Gavi is still only 17. He is so so good. 


Torres fouls Guedes. Unai Simón parries Bruno Fernandes' low free away. There's an offside in there too as Ronaldo runs in on goal with Danilo. It's a brave decision from Unai Simón to race out and clear.


Pablo Sarabia hits the side-netting after cutting in from the right and shooting with his preferred left. He has been impressive tonight. 

Rafael Leão had two excellent chances for the Seleção but couldn't get past Unai Simón. 


The teams are making plenty of changes now.

Portugal have another change in place.

OFF Rafael Leão

ON Ricardo Horta


Spain sub

OFF Álvaro Morata

ON Raúl de Tomás


Koke is fouled by Guedes. 


Busquets takes the free from the halway line quickly and releases Alba, who drives his shot wide of the target. 1-0

Ronaldo is on

Portugal have sent on Ronaldo and Guedes to find a way back into the game.


Big chance for Morata, but his effort goes wide. Luis Enrique claps the move that started with an excellent through ball from Sarabia.


La Roja changes

OFF Soler & Torres

ON Koke & Olmo

Pepe runs over to hand the captain's armband to Cristiano Ronaldo, who is on for his 187th appearance with his country.


Double change for Portugal

OFF Otavio & Silva

ON Ronaldo & Guedes


Unai Simón makes a vital save from Rafael Leão's low shot to keep Spain in the lead. André Silva picked out the Milan man on the left-hand side of the box. The Athletic Club goalkeeper gets down low to save the shot. 


Cristiano Ronaldo is about to come on for Portugal as they look to turn the game around. 


Otavio crosses from the right but Unai Simón is off his line in a flash to collect the ball. 1-0

Luis Enrique up and down

Spain manager Luis Enrique has been up and down the touchline this evening. Portugal's Fernando Santos has looked more relaxed in his suit. 


Spain clear the resulting corner and lead 1-0 at the Benito Villamarín in Seville.


Jordi Alba blocks Bruno Fernandes' low cross from the right. Portugal's corner is played short. Bernardo Silva then crosses and it's back out for a corner on the other side.


Former Real Madrid team-mates Cristiano Ronaldo and Dani Carvajal share a moment on the side of the pitch as they warm up for their respective countries.

Portugal change

OFF Moutinho

ON Rubén Neves

It's one Wolves midfielder for another. 


Spain get us underway for the second half!

Spain lead at half-time

Rafael Leão had Portugal's best chance of the game but blazed over the bar from close range. Will we see Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half?

HT: Spain 1-0 Portugal

Spain lead at the break thanks to Álvaro Morata's goal after 25 minutes. Sarabia set the striker up with a low ball from the right and Morata scored with a first time finish past Diogo Costa.


Cancelo fouls Sarabia and referee Michael Oliver blows his whistle for half-time.


There will be one minute added on.


Ferran Torres cuts in from the right but is kept on his left and Portugal are able to clear. 


Sarabia curls the free over the bar. It remains 1-0 to Spain as we approach half-time.


Moutinho takes Morata down. Spain have a free about 30 yards from goal.

Spain play it short and there's another foul. La Roja have another free, this time closer to goal.


Ansu Fati is on the bench for Spain after a while on the sidelines through injury.

“Ansu Fati is a special case,” said Spain manager Luis Enrique when asked about Fati.

“He hasn’t played much lately. We want to see him regain his confidence. He’s a very important player and we want him to get back to his best.”


André Silva does really well to spin away from Pau Torres. He makes a yard of space for himself before sending a low left-footed strike wide of Unai Simón's right-hand post.

In tonight's other Group A2 game, the Czech Republic are beating Switzerland 1-0.



The Valencia midfielder shoots over from eight yards after the ball rebounded off Costa. Gavi caused more problems for Portugal down the left, which led to the Soler chance. 1-0

Spain 1-0 Portugal

Sarabia sets up Morata to score for Spain and make it 1-0.

It's a lovely La Roja move. Gavi plays in Sarabia on the right. Sarabia puts it on a plate for Morata first time and the No. 9 rolls it into the corner past Costa.



MORATA opens the scoring in Seville!


The camera turns to Ronaldo on the bench once again. He hasn't had too much to get excited about and is probably thinking of scoring his next international goal. He is currently on 115 international goals in 186 games for Portugal (0.62 goals per game). 


Rafael Leão!

Guerreiro picks the Milan man out. He's alone in the box but shoots over from close range with a rising left-footed effort. Thats's the best chance of the game thus far.


Spain take the first corner of the game. It goes short to Gavi. Costa comes out to catch the cross. 


There is some serious talent on show. AC Milan forward Rafael Leão, who has just won Serie A, is in attack for Fernando Santos' side. At 22, he already looks the real deal. 


Barcelona's Ferran Torres commits a foul and the Seleção have a free. It's cleared away by Morata. 

The Iberian derby has produced some tasty games down the years. The 2018 World Cup draw (3-3) was one of the outstanding encounters. 

The two teams have met 38 times with Spain winning 17. Portugal have won six while the rest have been drawn. 


If you're just joining us, Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench for Portugal. 

Spain are looking to dominate early on at the Benito Villamarín but it remains 0-0.

Pepe, who is now 39, is back on his feet. 


Porto defender Pepe is down on the ground and holding his neck. Yes, it is that Pepe. He is still around. 

Spain are unable to make the most of their set piece. Diogo Costa collects for Portugal. There are some Portugal fans here. They've made the trip across the border.


And it is Gavi who has the first effort on goal but it's deflected and goes out for a corner.


La Roja have a good blend of youth and experience in their starting eleven tonight. Azpilicueta is at right-back. Gavi is also playing as part of a midfield three. He has had a very impressive season for Barcelona and Luis Enrique is a big fan.

We're underway at the Benito Villamarín.

Spain are playing from left to right. 

The Spain national anthem is next. It's a quieter affair than the Portugal one.

And we have the Portugal national anthem first.

It's almost time for the national anthems.

Here come the teams!

Ronaldo on the bench

If Ronaldo does come on for Portugal, it will be his 187th cap for his country. He made his Seleção debut back in August 2003. 

Spain warm up

The Spain team are warming up at Real Betis' Estadio Benito Villamarín. 

Tonight's game is La Roja's first Nations League game in Group A2.

Atmosphere building ahead of kick-off

The atmosphere on a warm summer evening is building ahead of Spain-Portugal.

The two countries have had some cracking encounters down the years, including their 3-3 draw in the 2018 World Cup.

Ronaldo scored a hat-trick and a dramatic late free-kick to earn Portugal a draw. 

What is the Nations League format?

The 55 nations are divided into four "Leagues." 

Leagues A, B and C: Four groups of four nations

League D: One group of four and one group of three

Teams will play each other home and away.

Top five all-time international goalscorers

Cristiano Ronaldo starts on the bench for Portugal, but he may make an appearance at some stage against Spain.

Below is the top five highest scorers in international football.

Ronaldo's record for Portugal is phenomenal.

1. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) – 115 in 186 appearances

2. Ali Daei (Iran) – 109 goals in 148

3. Mokhtar Dahari (Malaysia) – 89 in 142

4. Ferenc Puskás (Hungary & Spain) – 84 in 89

5. Lionel Messi (Argentina) – 81 in 161

Spain vs Portugal: how to watch, TV, online, streaming


Spain vs Portugal: how to watch, TV, online, streaming

Spain host Portugal in another edition of the Iberian Derby on Thursday, on this occasion in the UEFA Nations League. 

Luis Enrique’s side were runners-up to France in last season’s finals and will hope to be in the mix again this campaign, although La Roja are something of a transitional side at the moment and far from the force they were on the world stage a decade ago, despite reaching the semifinals at the Euros.

Read more ahead of kick-off

Portugal's XI

Bruno Fernandes starts for Portugal but there is no Cristiano Ronaldo in the team.

The Manchester United forward starts on the bench in Seville.

Spain's starting XI vs Portugal

Luis Enrique has named the following starting XI for tonight's match with Portugal.

How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal?


How many goals has Cristiano Ronaldo scored for Portugal?

At 37 years of age, Cristiano Ronaldo is still at the peak of his powers, scoring goals with Manchester United and breaking records on the international stage.

Ronaldo made his Portugal debut in a friendly win (1-0) against Kazakhstan in August 2003. In the same year, he joined Manchester United from Sporting CP and almost two decades later, he is still leading his country out as captain.

The five-time Ballon d’Or winner equalled Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals at Euro 2020 and then surpassed it with two goals against the Republic of Ireland last September, becoming the top international goalscorer of all time.

Read more on Ronaldo

Spain vs Portugal: welcome!

Hello and welcome to AS USA's live coverage of this UEFA Nations League fixture between Spain and Portugal at the Estadio Benito Villamarín in Seville.

Kick-off is at 2:45 pm ET / 8:45 pm CEST.


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