Shock in sight! After the qualification of Denmark (4-0 against Wales) and Italy (2-1 after extra time against Austria), the round of 16 of Euro 2020 continues this Sunday. And after the confrontation between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic at 6 p.m., football fans will feast on this tantalizing Belgium-Portugal (9 p.m.). First in group B with a clear round, the Red Devils will therefore cross paths with Seleçao das Quinas, who finished third in Pool F behind France and Germany.
A match that promises a show on paper, with long-awaited offensive elements such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku or Kevin De Bruyne. But above all, the Belgian selection will want to put an end to a small curse against the reigning European champion since Belgium’s last victory against Portugal dates back to 1989 … Since then, the Portuguese have won three times for two draws. So on the side of the team at the top of the FIFA ranking, we will inevitably bring out the heavy artillery.
Lukaku against CR7, the game from a distance
After turning against Finland (2-0 success) since the qualification was acquired, Roberto Martinez will return to classic for his 3-4-3. In the cages, Courtois will still be there with in front of him a three-way defense made up of Alderweireld, Vermaelen and Verthoghen. Concerning the pistons, Meunier will evolve on the right and Thorgan Hazard on the left. For midfield, Witsel and Tielemans will be present. Finally, on the offensive side, De Bruyne, Lukaku and Eden Hazard will have to shake the Portuguese nets.
On the Portuguese side, Fernando Santos will trust the same starting eleven as against the Blues on Wednesday night (2-2). Rui Patricio will take his place in the goal while Semedo, Pepe, Ruben Dias and Guerreiro will make up the defense. The Parisian Danilo Pereira will be placed in front of the defense with Renato Sanches and Moutinho a little higher. Placed at the forefront of the attack, captain Cristiano Ronaldo will be accompanied by Bernardo Silva and Diogo Jota. Make way for the show!
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