Preview - Portugal vs Faroe Islands 1 Sep

Started by Bensergi, Aug 31, 2017, 11:07 PM

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Portugal vs Faroe Islands

Portugal will be looking to inch closer to claiming a place in next year's FIFA World Cup when they host Faroe Islands.
The European champions currently sit second in Group B, three points behind leaders Switzerland. With just four games remaining before the qualifying campaign ends, winning every match is important for Fernando Santos' men in order to claim an automatic berth into the World Cup.

Fernando Santos has picked a strong squad for the latest round of international fixtures. But in what is expected to be another dominating outing for the hosts, the Portugal manager is likely to hand an opportunities to some of his fringe players.
The likes of Bernardo Silva and Gelson Martins are, thus, expected to start on Thursday, alongside Andre Silva, who has made a bright start to his senior career with Portugal. Bruno Fernandes, who has earned his first call-up to the national side could also feature and make his debut.
One player who is certain to start on Thursday is Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal captain is yet to feature for Real Madrid this season as he is serving a five-match domestic ban. Thus, with no real need to rest, the 32-year-old superstar is likely to lead his side's attack.

At the back, Santos is missing the services of Nelson Semedo (suspension) and Raphael Guerreiro (foot). Cedric Soares and Eliseu are expected to take the spots on either side of defence, with Pepe and Bruno Alves likely to pair up at the heart of defence.


Match Stats:

  • Portugal 5-1 Faroe Islands
  • Shots: 18-5
  • Possession: 73%-27%
  • Corner kicks: 5-1

Cristiano Ronaldo hit a sublime hat-trick as European champions Portugal cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Faroe Islands in World Cup qualifying on Thursday.
The Real Madrid forward netted his 12th, 13th and 14th goals of the campaign - in just his sixth appearance - with the first a stunning scissor-kick early on that set the tone.

Ronaldo could have been excused for showing signs of rustiness having not featured at club level since receiving a five-match ban for a push on an official in the first leg of Madrid's Supercopa de Espana victory over Barcelona, but he was at his scintillating best in Porto to punish the Faroe Islands.

Ronaldo's 14th of the current group stage matches the record held by Predrag Mijatovic's from qualifying for the 1998 tournament, while a 78th international goal betters the tally of Brazil great Pele.
Nelson Oliveira added the fifth late on and Portugal have now won six consecutive Group B games since losing their opening fixture to pool leaders Switzerland, who they still trail by three points ahead of a trip to Hungary on Sunday

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