Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Iraq's Christians - Nowhere to Run? (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Iraq's Christians - Nowhere to Run?

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Towards a "Third Intifada"?

Read more

FOCUS

What solutions for California's overcrowded prisons?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Gaza conflict: Palestinians mark sombre Eid

Read more

WEB NEWS

Celebrities in the Israel-Gaza crossfire

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Israeli strike takes out Gaza power station

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French newspaper apologises for Sarkozy story

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Last-ditch talks aim to avert Argentina default

Read more

  • Deadly strike hits Gaza market despite four-hour 'truce'

    Read more

  • Fourth female suicide bomber targets Nigerian city

    Read more

  • Russia defiant as US, EU unveil 'phase three' sanctions

    Read more

  • US rebounds to 4% growth in second quarter

    Read more

  • Suspect in Jewish Museum attack charged with 'terrorist' murder

    Read more

  • Women should not laugh in public, Turkey's deputy PM says

    Read more

  • Video: Coping with rocket attacks in Israel’s Sderot

    Read more

  • Rats on the rampage at Louvre museum gardens

    Read more

  • France evacuates nationals, closes embassy in Libya

    Read more

  • Dozens killed in stampede at Guinea rap concert

    Read more

  • 'Compelling' signs Kosovo leaders trafficked organs, prosecutor says

    Read more

  • Graphic: Ebola spreads across West Africa

    Read more

  • Video: How tourism is helping Rwanda’s gorillas, ex-poachers

    Read more

  • Islamists seize key Benghazi army base as fire rages on

    Read more

  • In pictures: ن - a sign of support for Iraq’s persecuted Christians

    Read more

Sport

Iberian archrivals Spain and Portugal battle for quarter-final spot

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-06-29

European champions Spain will take on Iberian nemesis Portugal later Tuesday in the last World Cup clash for a quarter-final spot, with the winner set to face either Japan or Paraguay.

AFP - Liverpool striker Fernando Torres says Spain has yet to find its best form, forecasting greater things to come for the European champions.

Spain line-up against their Iberian arch-rivals Portugal here later on Tuesday in an eagerly-anticipated round of 16 clash, with the winner facing either Paraguay or Japan in the quarter-finals.

Torres - who is yet to score in the tournament - said anxiety prevented them from playing their usual brand of football up till now, which has seen them suffer a shock 1-0 opening game loss to Switzerland before beating Honduras 2-0 and Chile 2-1.

"The boss wants us to rediscover our usual form," he told fifa.com.

"Spain still haven't shown their best form or hit the heights we were hoping for. I think it has to do with the defeat against Switzerland.

"The fact we needed to win our subsequent games, along with the anxiety that brings, stopped us playing the way we would have liked.

"But now we're at the stage we'd aimed to reach before we came here. We managed to top our group and now it’s up to us to play the football we enjoy playing. We're certain that the team’s going to get stronger."

Coach Vicente Del Bosque made clear on Monday that the entire Portugal team was dangerous and Torres said he had told the players to operate more as a unit.

"I think that we didn't press aggressively enough in our previous games. We didn’t play close enough to each other," he said.

"We need to play more as a unit, especially against teams like Portugal who are very strong defensively and will wait for us to bring the game to them.

"They've not conceded a goal yet in South Africa, so a team like that will be very tough to break down.

"What's more, they've got very dangerous forwards like Ronaldo and Simao. That means a counter-attacking game would suit them, so that’s something we’ve got to avoid."

The Cape Town clash is the two teams' first meeting at a World Cup, but the pair share a lengthy footballing history featuring no fewer than 32 previous matches.

Spain have the edge with 15 wins to just five victories for Portugal.
 

Date created : 2010-06-29

  • 2010 WORLD CUP

    FIFA president apologises for refereeing errors

    Read more

  • WORLD CUP 2010

    Brazil crush Chile 3-0 to secure spot in quarter-finals

    Read more

  • WORLD CUP 2010

    Netherlands secure quarter-final spot with 2-1 win over Slovakia

    Read more

COMMENT(S)