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MATCH PREVIEW – Portugal vs Hungary

Portugal host Hungary this evening for a real thriller in the World Cup Qualifier in Group B     

Written by Bertel Østergaard. March 25, 2017

Hungary hopes to upset the Euro 2016 winners Portugal ahead of the clash between the two sides. The match will be played in Lisbon this evening.

Last time the two sides met was during the group phase of the Euro 2016. The match was an absolute thriller and ended in an entertaining 3-3 draw. During the game Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, and so did Balázs Dzsudzsák for Hungary. Back then, it was Hungary who won their Euro 2016 Group, and Portugal went through to the Euro 2016 as a third-placed team. Although it was Cristiano Ronaldo’s team who sensationally grabbed the title, when they became European Champions in France.

The match between the two sides this evening will however be a completely different story, as both teams is in need of all three points, as Switzerland is leading the Group with maximum points from their first four games. Portugal is placed second in the group with 9 points and Hungary sits third with 7 points. So tonights game is absolutely going to be a real thriller between the two lads.  

Portugal have remained unbeaten in the last 13 home matches in the World Cup qualifiers, and have scored 16 goals in their last three games against Andorra, Faroe Islands and Latvia. So it is going to be a pretty difficult job for Hungary.

Cristiano Ronaldo is also having a good World Cup qualifiers campaign for his Portuguese team. At the moment he is the joint topscorer in the qualifiers alongside Robert Lewandowski. After tonights clash between Portugal and Hungary, Cristiano will be hoping to overtake Lewandowski in the standings.

Hungary started their World Cup qualifiers with an unexpected goalless draw against Faroe Island following a defeat to Switzerland. Since then the Hungary team won against Latvia and Andorra with a clean sheet in both matches.

-We have nothing to lose in Portugal therefore we can prepare relaxedly, in a good atmosphere and confidently – we know what we need to do to achieve a good result, Hungary’s head coach Bernd Storck said before the journey to Lisbon.

The clash between the two sides will take places this evening with kick off at 20:45 CET at the Estadui da Luz in Lisbon.

 

Portugal (probably): Patricio; Canceolo, Pepe, Bruno Alves, Guerreiro; Joao Mario, Carvalho, Sanches; Quaresma, Andre Silva, Ronaldo

Hungary (probably): Gulasci; Bese, Guzmics, Lang, Korhut; A. Nagy, Z. Gera; Gyursco, Adorjan, Dzsudzsak, Szalai