Spain 1 - Portugal 1
(Cañizares 65'); Curro Torres (Michel Salgado 46'); Puyol (Téllez
65'), Nadal, Sergi (Juanfran 65'); Joaquín, Xavi (Iván Helguera
46'), Baraja (Valerón 46'), Vicente (Mendieta 46'); Morientes (Diego
Tristán 46'), Tamudo (Munitis 65'). 4-4-2.
Spain drew 1-1 with Portugal in a friendly match in Barcelona's Montjuic stadium. José Antonio Camacho used the game to experiment with his side, bringing in Joaquín for his first cap and starting the game with many of his young players in his initial line up. Morientes headed a good chance wide early on, but Portugal took the lead from a Figo free kick with half an hour gone, Jorge Costa heading the ball over Casillas who should never have come out of his goal. Portugal's keeper Ricardo saved from Vicente a few minutes later, but Spain drew level through Morientes, who turned the ball past the keeper after Puyol played on Xavi's free kick from left of the area. Camacho made five changes at the break and four more twenty minutes in to the half, with only Nadal and Joaquín playing the full 90 minutes. Tristán went close twice, and half time substitute keeper Quim tipped a quick Mendieta free kick over the bar. In the end though a fair result, and Spain have now gone 43 years since they last beat their neighbours. They could have a chance to do so in this summer's World Cup. (13.02.02)