World Cup pre-game: Spain vs. Portugal
Day 20, Match 2
Spain vs. Portugal, Round of 16
Date and location
Tuesday, June 29, Green Point Stadium, Cape Town
Live on CBC and CBCSports.ca (2 p.m. ET). Consult CBC's full broadcast schedule.
What's at stake
A spot in the quarter-finals in a match against the winner of Paraguay-Japan.
Player to watch for the Spain
David Villa — The Spanish striker has been on fire in South Africa, scoring three goals and causing all sorts of problems for opposing defenders.
Player to watch for Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo — The Portuguese winger has been a bit inconsistent at this competition, so he needs to step up in this crucial game and put forth a better effort for his country.
David Villa vs. Ricardo Carvalho — One of the best strikers in the world versus one of the best central defenders in the world. Can Villa run rampant like he did in the first round? Or will Carvalho shut him down?
The Spanish perspective
"Portugal are going to be a very tough side. I take no satisfaction from the fact we're up against Portugal instead of Brazil." — coach Vicente del Bosque
The Portuguese perspective
"Without showing them a lack of respect, we're not scared at all. We've got a great team, too. And to become better, we have to beat Spain. They're champions of Europe, but we have our own qualities." — winger Simao
World Cup head-to-head
These teams have never met at the World Cup.