World Cup 2018: Portugal v Spain

Fernando Hierro has replaced the sacked Julen Lopetegui as Spain coach for the World Cup

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Portugal have reported no injury concerns ahead of their clash with Spain but question marks remain over their starting line-up.

Jose Fonte and Bruno Alves are vying to partner Pepe at centre-back, while either Andre Silva or Goncalo Guedes will join Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

Daniel Carvajal returned to training for Spain on Tuesday following a hamstring injury but remains a doubt.

Alvaro Odriozola will deputise at right-back should Carvajal miss out.


What a difference a day makes. On Monday, Spain were among the World Cup favourites. On Tuesday, their coach had agreed to join Real Madrid. By Wednesday, Julen Lopetegui had been sacked and their campaign was in disarray before a ball had even been kicked.

Despite reports suggesting players were against his sacking