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Portugal vs Switzerland – LIVE Reddit Soccer 05/06/2022

Portugal vs Switzerland – LIVE Reddit Soccer 05/06/2022

Portugal and Switzerland will both endeavour to claim their first wins of the 2022-23 UEFA Nations League at the second attempt during Sunday’s League A Group 2 clash at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon. Fernando Santos’s side left it late to rescue a 1-1 draw against Spain on matchday one, while the visitors fell to a 2-1 defeat to the Czech Republic. Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench during a Portugal game is truly a collector’s item, and manager Santos defended his decision not to start the five-time Ballon d’Or winner as the Selecao claimed a point in an opening stalemate with Iberian neighbours Spain.

Alvaro Morata finished to hand La Roja an early advantage in the 25th minute, and while Ronaldo would make an expected appearance off the bench, it was another substitute in Ricardo Horta who would restore parity for Portugal in the 82nd minute. Horta’s first-ever goal for Portugal sees them occupy second place in the embryonic standings after one game, and a battle with the Czech Republic also awaits the inaugural Nations League champions either side of their double-header with the Swiss. Preparations for Qatar 2022 are in full swing after Portugal ended the North Macedonian dream in the playoff final last month, and the Selecao have lost just once in 10 games since their disappointing elimination from Euro 2020.

Failing to make it out of their Nations League group last year was something of a reality check for the world’s eighth-ranked nation, who have not failed to find the back of the net in a home fixture since November 2020 and are raring to go again. There are own goals, and then there are extremely unfortunate own goals, which Switzerland midfielder Djibril Sow was the victim of during his side’s opening-day defeat to the promoted Czech Republic. Red Bull Salzburg starlet Noah Okafor was on target for the Swiss after Jan Kuchta had taken all of 11 minutes to draw first blood for the Czech Republic, who then saw Jakub Jankto’s cross take a wicked deflection off Sow from outside the penalty area and end up in the back of the net.

Had Murat Yakin’s side been able to produce a more ruthless showing in Prague, they may not be starting matchday two at the bottom of the rankings with zero points to their name, but the Switzerland coach admitted that lessons must be learned from the defeat as they continue their journey to Qatar.

It is now three games without a win in all tournaments for the Rossocrociati, who have at least now found the back of the net in each of their last seven games, but their only win away from home in the Nations League since its inception came against minnows Iceland in October 2018.

Portugal defeated Switzerland 3-1 en route to the trophy in the 2018-19 semi-finals courtesy of a Ronaldo hat-trick, which marked a fourth defeat on the bounce for the visitors on Selecao soil, and not since 1969 have the Rossocrociati won away from home against Portugal in any competition.

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Jose Sa was forced to withdraw injured from the squad before the draw with Spain, but Portugal did not sustain any fresh issues on Thursday night.

Santos claimed that Andre Silva “could do some things that Ronaldo couldn’t” when justifying the 37-year-old’s bench role, but the Manchester United man will expect to return to the first XI here.

Joao Moutinho only lasted 45 minutes before being taken off for Ruben Neves, who could now take the place of his Wolves teammate, but Diogo Jota was absent from the matchday squad after his Champions League final exploits alongside Domingos Duarte and the COVID-positive Vitinha.

Switzerland also did not pick up any new injury worries on Thursday night, but Yakin will likely make some alterations to the forward line after a distinct lack of a clinical nature.

Mario Gavranovic and Haris Seferovic are both battling to displace Breel Embolo in the final third, and it would be a surprise not to see Xherdan Shaqiri come back into the first XI – potentially in place of Sow.

Centre-backs Nico Elvedi and Fabian Schar will both miss the upcoming encounter with Spain if they pick up bookings here, but Yakin is unlikely to break up that pairing in Lisbon.

After an important draw against Spain, Portugal have to return to winning ways to bolster their ambition to win the group against a Swiss side that started on the wrong foot and need points. The hosts have stayed the course before and will surely be aiming to confirm their position as favourites for this match, but they also need to show they can perform accordingly given the quality of the players at their disposal.

The international fixtures continue to keep coming at a rapid pace, with Matchday 2 of the UEFA Nations League set to be played out over the weekend. On Sunday night, the winners of the inaugural Nations League tournament, Portugal, will be in action as they play hosts to Switzerland at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon, in their second Group A2 clash.Portugal began their 2022/23 Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw against Spain earlier this week, as A Selecao came back from a goal down to salvage a point. The performance, along with Fernando Santos’ selection for the game, raised a lot of eyebrows. And the manager and the team will be hoping to get things right on Sunday as they continue their preparations for the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Meanwhile, Switzerland kicked off their Nations League journey on a disappointing note, as they were beaten 2-1 by the Czech Republic away from home. The defeat leaves Murat Yakin’s side rooted at the bottom of the standings in Group A2, with second-placed Portugal and third-placed Spain just a point clear of them. As for recent form, Portugal are on a three-game unbeaten run and have lost just one of their last ten games. Switzerland, on the other hand, have failed to win any of their previous three games and will be eager to end that run. The Hard Tackle takes a closer look at both teams ahead of this crucial Nations League encounter in Lisbon on Sunday.

Portugal are without star defender Ruben Dias, who is out with an injury while goalkeeper Jose Sa had to withdraw from the squad after suffering an injury. Domingos Duarte is a minor doubt for the clash due to a fitness issue and might not be risked. Joao Felix is a notable absentee from the roster selected by Fernando Santos.

The Portugal manager could be set to make some tweaks to the side that started against Spain, although no change is likely in goal, where Diogo Costa could continue ahead of the experienced Rui Patricio.

Joao Cancelo is a certain starter at right-back for the home team, but Nuno Mendes could get a look-in at left-back ahead of Raphael Guerreiro, making for an extremely attack-minded full-back pairing. Veteran defender Pepe continues to be an integral player for Portugal even at 39 and should start at the heart of the backline alongside Danilo Pereira, who will slot in as a makeshift centre-back again.

Ruben Neves should come into the starting XI at the base of the midfield, replacing his Wolves teammate Joao Moutinho. The 25-year-old will be tasked with protecting the defence while the onus of providing the creativity and forward thrust will fall on Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes.Cristiano Ronaldo, who was a shock omission from the starting lineup against Spain, should return in the No. 9 role at the expense of Andre Silva. Diogo Jota is another player who should get an opportunity on Sunday night, with Otavio likely to make way for the Liverpool forward. Rafael Leao should hold on to his spot as the third attacker for Portugal.

Fabian Schar and Nico Elvedi were preferred at centre-back last time out, with Akanji being overlooked, and that might turn out to be the case again on Sunday. Silvan Widmer and Ricardo Rodriguez will line up as the full-backs on the right and left sides, respectively and will have the licence to push forward on every possible occasion.

Captain Granit Xhaka will be tasked with keeping things tight in the middle of the park with Remo Freuler supporting the Arsenal superstar. The pair will have their task cut out against the Portuguese midfield trifecta of Silva, Fernandes and Neves and will need support from the wide midfielders, who should be Xherdan Shaqiri and Ruben Vargas. The pair will also act as the main creative outlets for Switzerland.

Noah Okafor, who was on target in the defeat to Czechia, should hold on to his spot in the two-pronged strikeforce. Breel Embolo is likely to continue his partner as his blistering pace could cause problems for Pepe. Haris Seferovic and Mario Gavranovic will be options from the bench.

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