Preview - Andorra vs Portugal 8 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 07, 2017, 02:33 PM

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Andorra vs Portugal

Could the European champions Portugal miss out on the world's biggest party next year? They trail Switzerland by three points with two games remaining. They meet on Tuesday night. But first, the small matter of getting past minnows Andorra. The reverse fixture ended 6-0 in their favour exactly a year ago, and have been warned of complacency. France's goalless draw with Luxembourg of course it a stern reminder. In any case, Portugal are already guaranteed to at least finish second in Group B and should thus qualify for the play-off round, considering they're currently top of the order among teams vying for that route to the World Cup.

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Match Stats:

  • Andorra 0-2 Portugal
  • Shots: 0-18
  • Possession: 25%-75%
  • Corner kicks: 1-5


Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to inspire Portugal to a win over Andorra that keeps their hopes of automatic World Cup qualification alive.

With Group B leaders Switzerland beating Hungary 5-2, Portugal needed victory to set up a final-day showdown with the Swiss.

Ronaldo, on at half-time, drove home after the hour, with Andre Silva sealing the points from close range.

Portugal will qualify as group winners if they beat Switzerland on Tuesday.

Switzerland will travel to Portugal with a three-point advantage, but Portugal have a better goal difference.

Ronaldo is one booking away from a suspension and that perhaps influenced the decision of coach Fernando Santos to start with the Real Madrid forward on the bench.

If Portugal fail to win on Tuesday, they will enter the play-offs, while Switzerland, who have nine wins from nine matches, need only a point to qualify.

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