After stunning everybody to win the European Championship in 2016, the Portuguese will look to repeat that success in Russia.
Portugal World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Information
Portugal have been eradicated from the 2018 World Cup.
Portugal vs Uruguay Spherical of 16
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Beginning XI: Patricio, Pepe, Raphael, Fonte, Ricardo, Mario, Bernardo, William, Adrien, Ronaldo, Guedes
Portugal vs Iran (25th June) Match Report
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Portugal Beginning XI: 1 Rui Patricio, Three Pepe, 5 Raphael Guerreiro, 6 Jose Fonte, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo, 9 Andre Silva (17 Goncalo Guedes 90+6), 10 Joao Mario (eight Joao Moutinho 85), 14 William Carvalho, 20 Ricardo Quaresma (11 Bernardo Silva 70), 21 Cedric, 23 Adrien Silva
Iran Beginning XI: 1 Alireza Beiranvand, 2 Ehsan Hajsafi (5 Milad Mohammadi 56), 6 Saeid Ezatolahi (10 Karim Ansarifard 76), eight Morteza Pouraliganj, 9 Omid Ebrahimi, 11 Vahid Amiri, 17 Mehdi Taremi, 18 Alireza Jahanbakhsh (14 Saman Ghoddos 70), 19 Majid Hosseini, 20 Sardour Azmoun, 23 Ramin Rezaeian
Iran 1 Portugal 1
Iran: Ansarifard 90+3pen
Portugal: Quaresma 45
Portugal reached the knockout stage however not as group winners after conceding a controversial late equaliser to Iran in a dramatic match that was dominated by questionable VAR selections.
Portugal loved the higher possession within the first half however Cristiano Ronaldo was effectively shackled and so they wanted particular person brilliance from Ricardo Quaresma to open the scoring on the stroke of half-time.
Iran keeper Alireza Beiranvand seemed shaky on crosses however saved a second-half Ronaldo penalty that had been awarded following the intervention of VAR.
Portugal have been nonetheless on target to prime the group till Iran have been awarded a questionable stoppage-time penalty, once more by way of VAR, which was transformed by Karim Ansarifard. Mehdi Taremi might have snatched a last-gasp winner for Iran however shot into the aspect netting.
Matter of truth
The 2 penalties awarded on this recreation took the full variety of spot-kicks to 20, exceeding the earlier event file of 18.
Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres made three questionable selections after consulting at size with the video officers. Ronaldo received a penalty after colliding with Ezatolahi and was then booked however not despatched off for an elbow. However the ref saved his worst resolution for stoppage time, when he awarded Iran the late penalty for handball.
Possession (%): 33/67
Purpose makes an attempt: eight/14
Makes an attempt on the right track: 5/7
Move accuracy (%): 68/89
Distance coated (km): 93/89
Portugal vs Morocco (20th June) Match Report
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Portugal Beginning XI: 1 Rui Patricio, Three Pepe, 5 Paphael Guerreiro, 6 Jose Fonte, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo, eight Joao Moutinho (23 Adrien Silva 89), 10 Joao Mario (16 Bruno Fernandes 70), 11 Bernardo Silva (18 Gelson Martins 59),14 William Carvalho, 17 Goncalo Guedes, 21 Cedric Soares
Morocco Beginning XI: 12 El Kajoui, 2 Achraf Hakimi, Four Manuel Da Costa, 5 Mehdi Benatia, 7 Hakim Ziyach, eight Karim El Ahmadi (11 Faycal Fajr 86), 10 Younes Belhanda (23 Mehdi Carcela 75), 13 Khalid Boutaib (9 Ayoub El Kaabi 69), 14 Mbark Boussoufa, 16 Nordin Amrabat,17 Nabil Dirar
Portugal 1 Morocco Zero
Portugal: Ronaldo Four
One other recreation, one other aim for Cristiano Ronaldo, whose record-breaking early header was sufficient for Portugal to see off an lively Morocco aspect who might take into account themselves desperately unfortunate to be heading out on the group stage.
Quite from searching for to increase their benefit after taking the early lead, Portugal stepped again and allowed Morocco to dominate for a lot of the sport. The Moroccans had a bunch of probabilities to show their dominace into objectives however have been halted by a mix of good saves by Rui Patricio and their very own profligacy, explicit from captain Mehdi Benatia.
Ronaldo had robust claims for a penalty late within the recreation when he was tripped by Nordin Amrabat, whereas Pepe once more blotted his copyboook by collapsing to the bottom after being tapped on the shoulder by Benatia.
Matter of truth
Ronaldo scored his 85th worldwide aim, eclipsing the full of Ferenc Puskas to turn into Europe’s main goalscorer.
Goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo was named because the official man of the match, however any variety of Morocco’s gamers – significantly Younes Belhanda and Hakim Ziyach – would have been extra deserving of the award.
Possession (%): 46/54
Purpose makes an attempt: 10/16
Makes an attempt on the right track: Four/10
Move accuracy (%): 71/75
Distance coated (km): 105/107
Portugal vs Spain (15th June) Match Report
Can Cristiano Ronaldo encourage Portugal to a different worldwide trophy? – Match preview right here
Portugal Beginning XI: 1 Rui Patricio, Three Pepe, Four Raphael Guerreiro, 6 Jose Fonte, 7 Cristiano Ronaldo, eight Joao Moutinho, 11 Bernardo Silva (20 Ricardo Quaresma 69), 14 William Carvalho, 16 Bruno Fernandes (10 Joao Mario 68), 17 Goncalo Guedes (9 Andre Silva 80), 21 Cedric Soares
Spain Beginning XI: 1 David De Gea, Three Gerard Pique, Four Nacho, 5 Sergio Busquets, 6 Andres Iniesta (10 Thiago Alcantara 70), eight Koke, 15 Sergio Ramos, 18 Jordi Alba, 19 Diego Costa (17 Iago Aspas 77), 21 David Silva (11 Lucas Vasquez 86), 22 Isco
Last Rating – Portugal Three Spain Three
Portugal: Cristiano Ronaldo 4pen, 44, 88
Spain: Diego Costa 24, 55, Nacho 58
One of the crucial exhilarating video games ever seen at a bunch stage of the World Cup. Spain gave the impression to be heading for victory after twice recovering to cancel out objectives from Cristiano Ronaldo. A 3rd aim, from Nacho’s spectacular volley, was a simply reward for Spain’s intricate and intense passing. However Ronaldo had the final phrase when he accomplished his hat-trick with an outstanding free-kick with two minutes of regular time remaining.
Man of the match
Cristiano Ronaldo joined the small record of gamers who’ve scored in 4 World Cups.
Matter of truth
Cristiano Ronaldo scored the 51st hat-rick of his profession. It was additionally the 51st hat-trick scored as a World Cup.
This was the primary recreation in cost for Spain’s interim coach Fernando Hierro following the sacking of Actual Madrid-bound Julen Lopetegui. However their opening two objectives – the primary arrange by an extended ball, the second by way of a set-piece – weren’t sometimes Spanish.
Possession (%): 39/61
Purpose makes an attempt: eight/12
Makes an attempt on the right track: Three/5
Move accuracy (%): 87/93
Distance coated (km): 102/103
Portugal World Cup Information
Spearheaded by the irrepressible Cristiano Ronaldo – simply the 15 objectives for the captain in 9 2018 World Cup qualifiers – Portugal’s close to faultless marketing campaign of 9 wins in 10 video games solely confirmed that the Selecao are experiencing a golden age. Coach Fernando Santos has received all however one of many 17 qualifying matches that Portugal have performed since he took the reins in September 2014, with the small matter of a European Championship triumph within the center. In what can be Ronaldo’s final shot at main his nation to the last word prize, Portugal journey to Russia in optimistic temper, though there are considerations about youthful options for central defenders Pepe, Jose Fonte and Bruno Alves – who’ve a mixed age of over 100 years.
Key Moments in Qualifying
With out the injured Ronaldo, the newly-crowned European Champions are introduced again right down to earth with a bump as Switzerland register a totally deserved 2-Zero victory in Basle.
Andre Silva turns into the youngest participant ever to attain a hat-trick for Portugal as they win 6-Zero away to Faroe Islands.
A scrappy Andre Silva aim provides Portugal victory in a bad-tempered match in Budapest to successfully arrange a decider towards Switzerland.
A surprisingly straight-forward 2-Zero conquer the Swiss in Lisbon sees Portugal overtake their opponents on the prime of the group and e-book their place in Russia.
Portugal World Cup Group
Portugal head up Group B, which accommodates their Iberian rivals Spain, together with Morocco and Iran.
Portugal World Cup Friendlies
Portugal kicked off their 2018 worldwide friendlies on the 23rd of March towards Egypt and Mohamed Salah and a 2-1 win. They then misplaced to the Netherlands three days later. Two attracts towards Tunisia and Belgium adopted, and eventually, on the seventh of June, they beat Algeria Three-Zero.
- 23rd March – Egypt (received 2-1)
- 26th March – Netherlands (misplaced Three-Zero)
- 28th Could – Tunisia (drew 2-2)
- 2nd June – Belgium (drew Zero-Zero)
- seventh June – Algeria (received Three-Zero)
Portugal World Cup Fixtures
The primary recreation in Group B for Portugal is towards their rivals Spain on the 15th of June which is able to seemingly be one of many video games of the event. The end result will in all probability resolve who tops the group, after which Portugal will then play Morocco and Iran on the 20th and 25th of June respectively.
- 15th June – Spain (drew Three-Three)
- 20th June – Morocco (received 1-Zero)
- 25th June – Iran (drew 1-1)
Fernando Santos, age 63 (10.10.54)
Having changed Paulo Bento, it’s now three years on the helm for a person who can rightly be thought-about as the most effective coach in Portugal’s historical past. His present contract runs till 2020.
Andre Silva introduced himself in fashion, scoring 9 objectives and forming a deadly partnership with Ronaldo.
Pepe stays the bedrock of Portugal’s defence, whereas Ricardo Quaresma and Joao Moutinho proceed to make key contributions. For all three, Russia can be their last likelihood of World Cup glory.
Raphael Guerreiro, who missed a lot of the qualifying marketing campaign, has proved himself to be a clone of his predecessor at left-back Fabio Coentrao: good each time he performs however extraordinarily injury-prone.
Goncalo Guedes made two appearances in 2015 as an 18-year-old and returned to the aspect this yr.
Portugal World Cup Squad
Last 23-man squad-
GOALKEEPERS: Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Beto (Goztepe), Rui Patricio (Sporting Lisbon)
DEFENDERS: Bruno Alves (Rangers), Cedric Soares (Southampton), Jose Fonte (Dalian Yifang), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ricardo Pereira (Porto), Ruben Dias (Benfica)
MIDFIELDERS: Adrien Silva (Leicester), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Joao Mario (West Ham), Joao Moutinho (AS Monaco), Manuel Fernandes (Lokomotiv Moscow), William Carvalho (Sporting)
FORWARDS: Andre Silva (AC Milan), Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis), Cristiano Ronaldo (Actual Madrid), Gelson Martins (Sporting Lisbon), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas)
Portugal World Cup Accidents
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The Unanswered Questions
Have sufficient of the aspect had enough enjoying time this time period?
Whereas the present crop of younger Portuguese expertise has undoubtedly acquired potential, few will be thought-about common starters for his or her membership sides. What’s going to time spent on the bench do for the match health and confidence ranges of Andre Silva (Milan), Joao Mario (West Ham) and Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis)?
Will a deadly strike-force take its qualifying type to Russia?
For years Portugal struggled for a dependable goalscoring centre-forward, however that search appears to be like to be over as Andre Silva has began his worldwide profession in spectacular vogue and has nice chemistry with Ronaldo – they shared 24 objectives in qualifying.
How will Santos use Bernardo Silva?
Silva is broadly acknowledged as the most important expertise to return out of Portugal since Ronaldo, however Santos has struggled to get the most effective out of him. Broad proper in a flat and slender Four-Four-2 is his typical place, however many are calling for the coach to implement a diamond formation with Silva on the attacking tip.
The Spanish sailed via qualifying, with their demolition…
Making their first look since 1998, Morocco did not…
Iran have been undefeated throughout qualification, however they’ll…
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