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Match Preview: Portugal vs Lithuania

Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Portugal
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Portugal welcomes Lithuania to the Estadio Alvagre in Faro for their EURO qualifying encounter tomorrow evening.

European champions and UEFA Nations League winners – Portugal face Lithuania in a game that could be crucial for their pursuit of a place at the upcoming EURO 2020.

Cristiano Ronaldo and the boys registered their first defeat in the qualifying campaign, losing 2-1 to, now qualified, Ukraine last time out.

The title holders, however, could make a big move towards booking their place at the European Championship with a win over Lithuania on Thursday evening. They have a one-point lead ahead of third-placed Serbia, who face Luxembourg at the same time tomorrow.

Lithuania, on the other hand, sits rock bottom, having collected just one point from their seven EURO qualifying encounters (1-1 draw at home vs Luxembourg). Valdas Urbonas’ side will officially finish their rather disappointing campaign with the trip to Faro.

Team news

Portuguese captain Cristiano Ronaldo is fit and ready to face Lithuania tomorrow evening, despite being subbed out early in the second half against AC Milan over the past weekend.

Talented forwards Goncalo Guedes and Joao Felix are both going to miss the last international break of 2019 through injuries though, as well as midfielder Andre Gomes, who suffered a horror ankle injury in a Premier League clash with Tottenham two weeks ago.

Fernando Santos’ absentees’ list is completed with the names of Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Joao Mario and Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo.

Forwards Diogo Jota and Daniel Podence, defenders Domingos Duarte and Ruben Semedo, and goalkeeper Jose Sa could make their debuts for the Portugal National Team.

Stats

Portugal have only lost three of their last 36 matches, winning 21. They were unbeaten in 13 games, winning eight, before losing 2-1 in Ukraine in their most recent outing.

The European champions have only failed to score twice in their last 19 matches. They have scored once in nine of those games and at least three times in the other eight. They have only conceded 11 goals in their last 13 games.

Lithuania have not won any of their last 18 games (L15). They have only scored 12 goals in their last 28 games.

Cristiano Ronaldo has scored ten goals in his last six international appearances, including two hat-tricks. The legendary forward has scored 95 goals for his country in 162 games.

Both sides have faced each other three times in history, with Portugal netting a total of 14 goals in the process, compared to Lithuania’s three. (5-1, 5-1 and 4-1 wins for the Portuguese national side)

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