Portugal and Spain meet this evening and what immediately stands out is not the attacking prowess of both sides, but their defensive stability.Spain are unbeaten in 40+ matches ( competitive – they don’t seem bothered about friendlies).

The Danish game seemed anomolous for the Portugeuse.

0-0-2(friendly)-2( friendly) – 0-0-1-1-2 (friendly) – 0-0-1-0-1-0-0-0 conceded by the Spanish recently. Look at that recent record – superb. And, look at Ronaldo who is really the only major attacking threat that Portugal have (ably assisted by Nani).

Keep Ronny quiet and you nullify the threat, and I think Spain can do that with a concerted effort at possession.

A 0-0 back to lay trade for as long as you dare looks obvious despite the attacking talent. So much at stake could lead to a 1-0 for either side? A toughie to call of course for a major semi final.