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PORTUGAL vs SERBIA
Qualifications for Euro 2014 that will be held in Belgium
This is last round game from Group 5. It's a game that will give the answer who of these two teams will go directly on final tournament and who will have to play two additional play-off games. Greece and Poland are also in this group. Both, Portugal and Serbia easily won games against previous opponents. Serbia yet need to concede the first goal. They were better from Poland (2-0) and in second round from Greece (5-0). On the other side Portugal beat Poland (5-2) and Greece (6-1). So, Portugal has better goal difference (+8, while Serbia +7) and for first place even draw will be enough for Portuguese teams.
By the FIFA ranking Portugal is first favorite and they have arrived on this tournament with Ricardinho who is considered to be one of the best players in Europe.
But Serbia on the other side has their own advantages. The biggest of course is fact that this tournament is going on in Serbia, city of Zrenjanin. Secondly, we can't say that Serbia is big underdog because already for a while they are among better European teams. Starting from 2007. Serbia competed on every European championship (Portugal 2007, Hungary 2010 and Croatia 2012) as well on World championship in Thailand also in 2012.
Also Serbian team is stronger then on last two big tournaments. One of the best players in Europe, Marko Peric, now a member of Araz, champion of Azerbaijan has decided to get back to national team after two years break. Also experienced Borko Surudzic is back though head coach Kovacevic was not able to count on Marko Prsic.
The last head to head with Portugal was on Euro 2012 in Croatia. Back then Serbia was tough opponent for Portugal who won with minimal advantage (2-1). In my opinion minimal defeat is the worst what can happen for Serbia also today, although I feel here even possible surprise.
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