Ricardo Horta was 19 when he won his first cap and is 27 now

Ricardo Horta struck on his first Portugal appearance in almost eight years as they drew with Spain in their Nations League opener in Seville.

Spain’s Alvaro Morata scored the opening goal, finishing off a slick move involving Gavi and Pablo Sarabia.

Braga’s Horta, who won a first cap as a teenager in 2014, came off the bench and tucked home Joao Cancelo’s cross.

It is almost 10 years since this fixture was won by either side, with the last five meetings all draws.

Jordi Alba should have won the game for Spain when he headed wide from eight yards out.

Spain’s Carlos Soler and Portugal forward Rafael Leao squandered two good opportunities each with the hosts ahead 1-0 through Morata’s 25th-minute effort.

The visitors, who won the 2019 tournament, brought on Cristiano Ronaldo in the second half but he was not involved in the 82nd-minute equaliser, which was Horta’s first international goal.

This is only the second time in nine games in all competitions that Spain have not won. The other was last year’s Nations League final defeat by France.

In the other game in Group A2, the Czech Republic beat Switzerland 2-1.

On Sunday, the Czechs host Spain and Portugal are at home to Switzerland.



Formation 4-3-3

  • 23Simón
  • 2Azpilicueta
  • 15LlorenteBooked at 72mins
  • 4Torres
  • 18Alba
  • 19SolerSubstituted forKokeat 63′minutes
  • 5BusquetsBooked at 90mins
  • 9PáezSubstituted forLlorenteat 81′minutes
  • 11TorresSubstituted forOlmoat 63′minutes
  • 7MorataSubstituted forde Tomásat 70′minutes
  • 22SarabiaBooked at 36mins


  • 1Sánchez
  • 3Martínez
  • 6Llorente
  • 8Koke
  • 10Asensio
  • 12Fati Vieira
  • 13Raya
  • 14de Tomás
  • 16Rodri
  • 17Alonso
  • 20Carvajal
  • 21Olmo


Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Meireles Costa
  • 20Cancelo
  • 3PepeBooked at 90mins
  • 13Danilo
  • 5GuerreiroBooked at 89mins
  • 11Bruno FernandesSubstituted forNunesat 81′minutesBooked at 83mins
  • 8João MoutinhoBooked at 38minsSubstituted forNevesat 45′minutes
  • 10Bernardo SilvaBooked at 39mins
  • 16OtávioSubstituted forCristiano Ronaldoat 62′minutes
  • 9André SilvaSubstituted forGonçalo Guedesat 62′minutes
  • 15da Conceição LeãoSubstituted forda Luz Hortaat 72′minutes


  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 2Dalot
  • 4Veiga Teixeira Carmo
  • 6Alves Palhinha Gonçalves
  • 7Cristiano Ronaldo
  • 12Dantas da Silva
  • 14William Carvalho
  • 17Gonçalo Guedes
  • 18Neves
  • 19Tavares Mendes
  • 21da Luz Horta
  • 23Nunes

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