sport news Cristiano Ronaldo trains with Portugal as they prepare to face Spain

Portugal continued their preparations for the World Cup in unremarkable on Wednesday, painting a strikingly different picture to that of Spain, who on Friday will be their first opponents in the group stage.

While Spain were busy replacing sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui with Fernando Hierro, the reigning European champions were going about their business without a hitch at their World Cup base in Ramensky, located just outside Moscow. 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva both looked in fine spirits as Fernando Santos took his players through a routine training session, serving to underline the storm their Group B rivals are currently having to endure.

Cristiano Ronaldo uses his chest to control the ball during Portugal's latest training session

Cristiano Ronaldo uses his chest to control the ball during Portugal's latest training session

The Real Madrid forward struggles to control the ball as he trains in Moscow on Wednesday

The forward struggles to control the ball as he trains in Moscow on Wednesday

Ronaldo watches his Portugal team-mate Bernardo Silva enjoying himself during the session

Ronaldo watches his Portugal team-mate Bernardo Silva enjoying himself during the session

Portugal players complete passing drills as they continue preparations for the World Cup

Portugal players complete passing drills as they continue preparations for the World Cup

Indeed, the Manchester City midfielder admits Portugal would be in dire straights if their manager Santos decided to walk away now. 

He said simply: 'It

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