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Portugal
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Iceland
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Iceland makes their EURO debut, when they're up against Portugal today. Hard-working vikings will fight for their lives to try to stop Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal tonight at Stade Geoffroy Guichard in Saint Etienne. Kick off at 21.00 (CET).

 

Portugal dominated through their qualification group I, and ended up as group winners with 21 points. 7-0-1 in total and a goal difference at 11-5 was the result, their only defeat came surprisingly in their first match at home to Albania. All of their 7 wins (!) in group I was won with exactly 1 goal margin. Here are the results from the qualification group:

 

0-1 defeat Albania

 

0-1 win Denmark

 

1-0 win Armenia

 

2-1 win Serbia

 

2-3 win Armenia

 

0-1 win Albania

 

1-0 win Denmark

 

1-2 win Serbia

 

Cristiano Ronaldo ended up as top scorer for Portugal in the EURO qualifying with 5 goals, not surprisingly that perhaps the worlds best player made that achievement. Portugal and coach Fernando Santos sits on a 8th place on the FIFA ranking at the moment and must be seen as an outsider in this years EURO in France. Reached the final in EURO 2004 at home, when they lost 0-1 to Greece at Estadio da Luz. Reached the semifinal in 1984, 2000 and 2012. Portugal got some players injured but at the same time got a width and quality in their squad, Ricardo Quaresma (striker) is doubtful, here is the compleat injury list:

 

Luis Neto (defender)

 

Fabio Coentrao (defender)

 

Danny (midfield)

 

Bernardo Silva (midfield)

 

Miguel Veloso (midfield)

 

Tiago (midfield)

 

Silvestre Varela (midfield)

 

Expected lineup Portugal:

 

Patricio

 

Vieirinha – R.Carvalho – Pepe – Eliseu

 

Mario – W.Carvalho – Moutinho

 

Quaresma – Ronaldo – Nani

 

Sporting CP's defensive midfielder William Carvalho (24 years old) has the responsibility to balance the Portugal midfield, he's strong and still talented player. Joao Mountinho (Monaco) is the creative force on the midfield, and can remind us of the legendary former Portugal star Deco in his style of play. The attacking trio doesn't need any further description, but Quaresma has been very impressing in the last matches, and could take part in the lineup instead of Silva.

 

Iceland makes their EURO debut after an impressing qualification in group A. The players from the volcano island finished at a fantastic 2nd place with 6-2-2 in total, behind group winners Czech Republic. The points were lost against Turkey (1-0), Latvia (2-2), Kazakhstan (0-0) and Czech Republic (2-1). Iceland is a hard-working team with great team spirit and are strong in the duels. They also got good goal scorers in former Ajax player Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (now Nantes) and Alfred Finnbogasson (Real Sociedad). The creative force is Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea) and the engine at the midfield is the skipper Aron Gunnarsson.

 

The Swedish coach Lars Lagerbäck and his Iceland side sits on a 34th on the FIFA ranking at the moment, and they've got no pressure in this tournament. Also a few absences in the squad, especially Sölvi Ottesen (Wuhan Zall) will be missed. Here is the compleat injury list:

 

Gunnlefur Gunnleifsson (goalkeeper)

 

Hallgrimur Jónasson (defender)

 

Sölvi Ottesen (defender)

 

Hjörtur Valgarosson (defender)

 

Ólafur Skúlason (midfield)

 

Arnór Smárason (midfield)

 

Rúrik Gislason (midfield)

 

Expected lineup Iceland:

 

Kristinsson

 

Sævarsson – Arnason – Ingason – A.Skulason

 

Bjarnason – A.Gunnarsson – G.Sigurdsson – Halfredsson

 

Sigthorsson – Finnbogasson

 

A lot of people think that Portugal will crush Iceland in this match, but the most of the games have been tight in this tournament. Iceland wouldn't give Portugal anything for free in this match, they'll fight and duel for 90 minutes. Portugal will control the game and the ball possession, and we could well see a lot of cards to the Iceland players when the referee's name is Cuneyt Cakir from Turkey. We believe in a tight match, and we see value in a Portugal win with exactly 1 goal, as they did through the whole qualification fase.

 

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Comments (1)
Joey
That is definitely NOT the expected portuguese lineup.

The expected lineup is this:

Portugal starting lineup (4-1-2-1-2 formation): Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Pereira; Mario, Gomes; Moutinho; Ronaldo, Quaresma
06/14/2016 - 14:17
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