Portugal face Iceland in the Euro 2016 Group F on Tuesday Night at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne.
Match: Portugal Vs Iceland (European Championship, Group Stage)
Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016; 12:30 AM (Indian, IST Time)
Venue: France, Geoffroy-Guichard
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All the football fans will be watching the game as Cristiano Ronaldo will be featuring on the pitch, the captain is set to make a new landmark as he will be equaling Luis Figo’s 127 caps and is surely likely to surpass the Portuguese legend record during this tournament.
Portugal will come into this match after 7–0 thrashing over Estonia in tournament friendly, the Real Madrid forward scored 2 goals in that match. Portuguese striker Ricardo Quaresma was given a rare start in that friendly match and he responded with a magnificent performance where he netted twice and assisted two but manager Carlos Santos make no promise that the striker will play a major part in this tournament.
He said “It’s not a case of Quaresma plus 10, it’s Quaresma and another 22. There are 23 players in the squad and all have equal chances of playing but it’s an excellent headache to have”.
Meanwhile, It will be a first major tournament for Iceland, they finished second in their qualifying group behind Czech Republic and manager Lars Lagerback is confident that his side will have a long stay in France.
The manager added “If we are going to play like a team we have a good chance to go on from the group stage. Playing against Portugal will be a difficult task but this is what you have to do when you are in this tournament.”
Ricardo Quaresma is a doubt for Portugal after picking a muscular injury while 18 year old Renato Sances will be in contention to start in the midfield alongside William Carvalho. Southampton duo Jose Fonte and Cedric Soares are also expected to start the match.
Meanwhile Cardiff City’s Aron Gunnarsson will captain Iceland while Swansea attacking midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson is the star man for the country, scoring 6 goals during qualification campaign.
In the last two meetings, Portugal have been victorious in both games. Cristiano Ronaldo side scored an aggregate 8–4 scoreline in Euro 2012 qualifiers.
Portugal Vs Iceland Starting XI
Portugal: Patricio; Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro; Gomes, Moutinho, Danilo; Quaresma, Nani, Ronaldo
Iceland: Halldorsson; Saevarsson, Arnason, Sigurdsson, Skulason; Gudmundsson, Sigurdsson; Gunnarsson, Bjarnason, Sigthorsson; Bodvarsson.