Portugal are dead-certs to maintain their perfect qualification record on the road to the European Championships, as they travel to take on Liechtenstein.
After eight wins from eight, Cristiano Ronaldo and company will surely mow down the minnows of Liechtenstein, with the biggest question coming over how many the Selecao can score.
Liechtenstein are looking to cause an almighty upset, and they may be helped by the fact Portugal have already qualified for Euro 2024, are top of Group J, and could take their foot off the gas with many of their top players overworked with club commitments at the moment.
The Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from this qualifying tie between Liechtenstein and Portugal and you can follow them below.
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Portugal (4-3-3, right to left): Sa (GK) — Cancelo, A.Silva, Dias, T. Gomes — Otavio, Palhinha, Fernandes — B.Silva, Ronaldo, D.Jota.
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Here’s the Portugal XI confirmed: José Sá, João Cancelo, Rúben Dias, António Silva, Toti Gomes, João Palhinha, Otávio, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota, Ronaldo.
1 hr, 20 mins before KO: Manchester City’s Matheus Nunes has failed a fitness test before this one and will not be involved for Portugal. His injury means he’s not travelled with the side. Official team news landing shortly.
1 hr, 45 mins before KO: Portugal come here as red-hot favourites, and we’ll find out how strong their lineup is shortly. It looks like the squad have enjoyed a little trip around the Alps ahead of today’s game in Liechtenstein, which is a tiny nation sandwiched between Austria and Switzerland.
2 hrs before KO: Hello, and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of Liechtenstein versus Portugal in this Euro 2024 qualifier. It’s already job done for Roberto Martinez’s side in terms of qualification for next summer’s finals, and they’re overwhelming favourites to maintain their perfect winning record in this game.
Can Cristiano Ronaldo extend his scoring record in another landslide Portugal win? You wouldn’t bet against it, really. Where Portugal have won every single game they’ve played in Group J, Liechtenstein have lost every single one. Stay tuned for more buildup and all the match updates.
The hosts are likely to stick with their strongest lineup in an attempt to squeeze anything they can possibly get out of this match. It would be a historic night for the Blue-Reds if they were to even snatch a point against the dominant Seleção.
Cristiano Ronaldo will be keen to add to a tally of nine goals in qualification as he gets another start for Martinez’s side in a star-studded frontline. There’s no shortage of talent around Ronaldo either, with Manchester City duo Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias as well as Manchester United’s Bruno Fernandes all in the side.