Spain fan outside the stadium before the match. (REUTERS/Hannah McKay)
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Spain face Portugal on Friday in a mouthwatering clash following the extraordinary sacking of coach Julen Lopetegui while Egypt left out Mohamed Salah and suffered a gut-wrenching 1-0 defeat in the final minutes to Uruguay.The clash between Cristiano Ronaldo's European champions and 2010 World Cup winners Spain in Sochi is an early highlight of the competition.Spain were left reeling after Lopetegui was hastily sacked on Wednesday after announcing he would take over the Real Madrid job following the tournament.Ramos, who also skippers Real Madrid, reportedly led a last-minute intervention on behalf of the players to try and save Lopetegui's job but insisted this week's events had not upset any relationships within the squad.Ronaldo has so far failed to match his heroics for Manchester United and Real at the World Cup, scoring just three goals in three tournaments against Iran, North Korea and Ghana.
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