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2018 World Cup Group B: Portugal's nightmare drawing neighbours Spain

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2018 World Cup Group B: Portugal's nightmare drawing neighbours Spain   European Champions Portugal will be aiming to claim the concurrent World title but will have to face the last side to achieve that feat in neighbours Spain in Group B. With that in mind it was a nightmare draw for both Iran and Morocco, with the former the lowest ranked side from pot 3 and t...

The Expert: Quaresma to the rescue after Portugal’s wobble

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The Expert: Quaresma to the rescue after Portugal’s wobble   “Scoring lots of goals is the best medicine,” said the headline on Sunday morning’s edition of O Jogo ahead of Portugal’s meeting with Latvia, and the numbers have already become the bottom line, just four games into the European champions’ qualifying campaign f...

Togetherness key to Portugal's shock Euro 2016 success

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Togetherness key to Portugal's shock Euro 2016 success   Before the Portuguese squad were running onto the Stade de France pitch in complete and unrestrained delight, those same players were “in shock”.   Cedric Soares has admitted that they found Cristiano Ronaldo’s first-half injury a “very, very tough moment” ...

Carvalho coming of age to epitomise Portugal pragmatism

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Carvalho coming of age to epitomise Portugal pragmatism   Perhaps Portugal’s greatest achievement was that they did it without their key man, that they had the team spirit and the organisation to overcome the loss of a player who had been central to everything they had done in the tournament to that point. But enough about the semi-final &nda...

Sissoko Vindicating Deschamps’ Selection Ahead of Euro 2016 Final

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Sissoko Vindicating Deschamps’ Selection Ahead of Euro 2016 Final   Didier Deschamps’ decision to include Moussa Sissoko in his France squad for Euro 2016 in favour of Hatem Ben Arfa left the majority of the host nation a little frustrated. While Ben Arfa’s dazzling performances in Ligue 1 last season saw him secure a move to Paris Saint-Germain,...

Portugal Need More Beyond Ronaldo to Secure Euro 2016 Success

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Portugal Need More Beyond Ronaldo to Secure Euro 2016 Success   Cristiano Ronaldo was utterly delighted with himself and Gareth Bale so thoroughly deflated, but the two Real Madrid stars still found common ground in the centre of the Lyon Grand Stade pitch after Portugal’s 2-0 win over Wales. Ronaldo told Bale that he and his team had been “t...

Wales Look to Fill Ramsey Gap Against Portugal

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Wales Look to Fill Ramsey Gap Against Portugal   Every decision feels like a big one in a major championship finals, and more so as one starts to reach the business end. Chris Coleman, universally lauded for his work with Wales at Euro 2016 - and deservedly so - has a biggie on his plate ahead of Wednesday’s semi-final. If the shape ...

Peerless Pepe Essential in Portugal's Euro 2016 Progression

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Peerless Pepe Essential in Portugal's Euro 2016 Progression   It’s somewhat remarkable that, despite failing to win a match inside 90 minutes, Portugal were the first team to secure a place in the semi finals of Euro 2016. A penalty shoot out win over Poland on Thursday night guaranteed their successful progression to the next round of the compet...

Portugal Must Find Correct Midfield Balance Without Carvalho

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Portugal Must Find Correct Midfield Balance Without Carvalho   This is a Portugal side that seems determined to be counter-intuitive. They have two players in Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo who have, over their careers, become noted for their reluctance to track back and yet Portugal in the knockout stages have looked as defensively resolute as anyone &ndas...

WhoScored's 4-Fold Accumulator for Euro 2016 Quarter Finals

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WhoScored's 4-Fold Accumulator for Euro 2016 Quarter Finals   Poland vs Portugal - full match preview   Kicking off the quarter-finals, newcomers to this stage Poland face perennial qualifiers for the last eight Portugal. Fernando Santos’ men indeed enter the game as favourites despite having not won a match in 90 minutes thus far. Both have...

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