Jun 15, 2018 at 7pm UK at ​Fisht Olympic Stadium
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Portugal
3-3
Spain
Ronaldo (4' pen., 44', 88')
Fernandes (28')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Costa (24', 55'), Nacho (58')
Busquets (17')

Nacho hopes to face off against Cristiano Ronaldo in Spain's World Cup opener

Nacho hopes to face off against Ronaldo
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Nacho says that he hopes to "have the chance to play against Cristiano Ronaldo" when Spain face Portugal in their opening World Cup fixture next week.

Nacho has admitted that he is relishing the prospect of potentially being tasked with stopping Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo when Spain take on Portugal in the World Cup next week.

Arguably the pick of the opening-round fixtures comes in Sochi on Friday evening as the Iberian rivals face off with Group B points on the line.

Nacho highlighted his versatility in Spain's friendly win against Tunisia on Saturday by filling in on the left flank, and he now hopes to be handed a starting spot for La Roja's massive showdown with Portugal in five days' time.

"I hope that I have the chance to play against Cristiano Ronaldo, we must be focused on cancelling him out," he told reporters. "The coach knows that I'm qualified to start in this position, I'm prepared.

"Everyone knows that I feel more comfortable in the centre than at full back, but I've played big matches there."

Spain also face Iran and Morocco, on June 20 and June 25 respectively, for a place in the last 16.

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