Portugal v Switzerland: FIFA 2022 Round Of 16 World Cup Match,Team News,Goal Scorers and Stats

Date: 05-12-2022 8:12 pm (1 month ago) | Author: Olusanya Akinrinola
- at 5-12-2022 08:12 PM (1 month ago)

Date: Tuesday 6th December, 2022
Time: 8:00 pm
Stadium  Lusail Stadium
Referee  Cesar Ramos (Mexico)
Goal Scorer:

Team News
With progress assured from Group H, Fernando Santos used the opportunity to make six changes to his Portugal XI last time out, but the notoriously conservative coach should revert to type on Tuesday night.

Only given his first Benfica start in August, 19-year-old defender Antonio Silva was handed his competitive debut against South Korea alongside veteran campaigner Pepe - a man 20 years his senior. The youngest Portuguese player to feature at the World Cup may make way, though, as Ruben Dias returns to the back four; Diogo Dalot made a big impression on his first World Cup start so could be retained.

Though captain Cristiano Ronaldo was one of three players replaced after 65 minutes on Friday, the Selecao's record goalscorer starts up front once again, with Andre Silva and another Benfica prospect, Goncalo Ramos, consigned to the bench.

Nuno Mendes was ruled out of the rest of the tournament last week due to injury, while Danilo remains sidelined after sustaining fractured ribs; Otavio remains doubtful too.
Portugal possible starting lineup:
Costa; Dalot, Pepe, Dias, Cancelo; B. Silva, Neves, Carvalho; Fernandes; Felix, Ronaldo

Switzerland will be hoping stalwart goalkeeper Yann Sommer can return to bolster their back line at Lusail Stadium, after missing their final Group G match due to illness. With 30 clean sheets and innumerable crucial saves across his 76 caps for the Nati, Sommer would come back in for Borussia Dortmund's Gregor Kobel if available.

There is every chance that Murat Yakin's side will be otherwise unchanged, as Granit Xhaka and Remo Freuler provide the midfield screen ahead of a well-drilled defence and Breel Embolo leads the line up front.

Ruben Vargas and Xherdan Shaqiri provide support from out wide, though both Christian Fassnacht and Renato Steffen offer alternatives on either flank.
Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Kobel; Widmer, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez; Freuler, Xhaka; Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas; Embolo
Prediction: Portugal 2-1 Switzerland (after extra time)

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