The encounter set off at a frenetic pace and both teams looked to put their stamp on things. However, Spain looked prepared to play a high-risk, high-pressing game.
The game was intense from the off after Ricardinho gave Portugal a 1-0 lead less than a minute into the match. Pola and Lin led the charge as both tried in vain to level the affair.
The run of play, and the chances Spain were creating, seemed to suggest an equalizer was coming for them. And so it proved, arriving on 18′. Just before the interval the visitors leveled things through Marc Tolrà.
After the break José Venancio Lopez’s men began to create openings with greater and greater regularity, and were close to going ahead.
Miguelín and Pola remained as bright as ever and Paco Sedano was in inspirational form once again.
In the 31st minute, Miguelín‘s free-kick was turned in at the far post by Lin. The international who currently plays for MFK KPRF fired Spain in front.
However Spain’s lead lasted just seven minutes before Bruno Coelho leveled.
Ten minutes later he did it again. Bruno Coelho was able to convert a last-minute ten-metre penalty to seal his side’s win.
The Spaniards gave it all right up to the last, but they coudn’t beat Portugal.