At the start of the European Championship qualifier, Portugal and Ukraine will meet in Group B on Friday night. The game will be held in Estádio da Luz, Lisbon and will be led by Clément Turpin who is a Frenchman.
After a fast break, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the national team. The superstar of Juventus was last time in the World Cup in the second round against Uruguay in the squad of the Portuguese. Also since the World Cup for the first time again is veteran Joao Moutinho. With Diogo Jota, Diego Sousa and Joao Felix nominated coach Fernando Santos also has three new offensive players. Ukraine will have to live without well-known names after advancing to UEFA Nations League League A. From our professional point of view, the Schalke player, Konoplyanka is still the most famous player in the team of coach Andriy Shevchenko. After the retirement of some old stars in 2016, Shevchenko has greatly rejuvenated the team and now appears in the modern, offensive 4-3-3 formation. The system should combine effective counter-pressing, offensive power and high defensive stability. Proof of the success is the last 11 appearances of Ukraine, in which you lost only once (1:4 in Slovakia). six successes and four draws testify to the success of the new tactic. However, the last three visits in Turkey, Italy and Slovakia were all not won.
The Portuguese lost for the last time in the FIFA World Cup knockout round of 2018. In the six games after that, they have scored three wins and three draws. Since the European Championship triumph in 2016, the Portuguese played 17 games at home, of which only two were lost (2:3 against Sweden and 0:3 against their rivals of the Netherlands). Both nations have faced each other so far only in qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. The home team won in both games undoubtedly.
For Ukraine, it will be important in the upcoming qualification to assert itself in the duel with Serbia for the second place. The other group opponents Lithuania and Luxembourg should only play a minor role in Group B. In the game against the home-strong Portuguese, the young Ukrainians go but as an underdog into the race. What alone Cristiano Ronaldo is capable of, the man of Juventus has shown in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid. Anything but a victory in Portugal seems unlikely. Another suggestion that we want to give you is Over 2 Goals in the game, therefore we should be expecting a huge victory 2:0 for the Portuguese.
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