On November 19, the José Alvalade Stadium (Lisbon) will host the match of the 10th round of qualifying for Euro 2024, in which the Portuguese national team will meet with the Iceland national team. The match will begin at 21:45 Kyiv time.
The team at the World Championships in Qatar reached the quarterfinals. Not the worst result under Fernando Santos, but cooperation with him, as the country decided, had exhausted itself. Ironically, his successor was Roberto Martinez, who completely failed with Belgium at the World Cup. But the Spaniard got off to a great start in his new place, completing his first task without the slightest problem: Ronaldo and company not only made it to the Euro ahead of schedule, but also showed one hundred percent statistics. Despite this, the coaching staff invited all the veterans, from Pepe to Ronaldo, to the November matches. However, they almost disgraced themselves against Liechtenstein, starting to score only in the second half.
The team was never able to return to its own top. It seems that it will not be long before she will be able to repeat her debut participation at the Euro (2016, and immediately reached the quarterfinals) and the World Championship – all other selections were consistently lost. To change something for the better now, they called in an experienced mentor, Aage Hareide. But the Norwegian was unable to make any noticeable progress. On the contrary, most of their points, 6, were gained due to victories over the dull underdog, Liechtenstein. But, for example, with Luxembourg there was a 1-3 defeat on the road and only a draw at home – as a result, the Tilley brothers and company were lower in the table. As a result, in November there were no more serious tournament tasks. As a result, they scored a couple of goals in Slovakia, converting their chances, but did not prevent the well-deserved triumph of the hosts. They won 4-2 and booked a pass to the Euro…
Statistics of personal meetings
It is curious that all 3 qualifying head-to-head matches were won by Portugal. But at the same time, at Euro 2016 it all ended in a 1-1 draw.
Bookmakers believe the select few will show their class again. At the very least, they must win at home (odds – 1.7).
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