João Matos put the European champions ahead in the second minute, but Spain – who are ranked second in the world – turned the game around with a goal in each half. The first came from Aicardo in the fifth minute and the second from Adolfo Fernández in the 29th.

Portugal, who have now lost 22 times out of 28 matches against Spain, will face their Iberian rivals again on Tuesday, in a match that precedes the qualifying round for next year’s World Cup in Lithuania.