2010 FIFA World Cup: Key Reasons Why Spain Will Beat Portugal
The Second round of the World Cup has featured some exciting match-ups so far, with a very tantalizing victory for Germany and Argentina.
Today, Spain will take on Portugal who have been superior defensively so far, but that won't matter at the end of 90 or 120 minutes. Here are the reason's why Spain will advance to the quarter finals.
Vincente Del Bosque, the Spanish manager has shown he can deal with attack-minded teams, as evident with the team's long unbeaten run that was 35 games long and also featured England.
So far he has taken on Chile, who are a really open side like Portuga,l and with the co-ordination of Pique and Puyol coupled with Del Bosque's compact midfield and defense, Portugal might have no space to operate.
Ronaldo Is Really Impotenet For Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo is a known scorer for Manchester United and Real Madrid, including an amazing 42 goal season.
For Portugal Ronaldo has scored only one goal in 17 months (which was against North Korea) in the seven goal mauling.
Ronaldo really doesn't shine for Portugal and might just cost his country.
Spain boast arguably the best midfield duo in the world in Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
They control possession and are the "pass masters", picking their passes well and hardly losing out.
It will be very hard for Portugal to win when they don't have the ball.
A Potent Strike Force
David Villa is a phenom in offense, and his 41 goals in 61 games for Spain says it all including 3 goals so far in this competition, the second highest in the World Cup.
He is a lethal finisher and looks dangerous every time.
Spain also feature Fernando Torres in offense, who is a great striker.
Torres has not had a great World Cup so far, but his abilities are undoubted and might just light up against Portugal.
Overall, it will be quite a contest