FIFA World Cup 
December 7, 2022, 1:00 am
Portugal
vs
Switzerland

Match Preview

Portugal is going head to head with Switzerland starting on 6 Dec 2022 at 19:00 UTC at Lusail Iconic Stadium stadium, Lusail city, Qatar. The match is a part of the World Cup, Knockout stage.

Event details:
NAME: Portugal – Switzerland
DATE: 6 Dec 2022
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Lusail Iconic Stadium, Lusail, Qatar

 

 

A successful start to their Qatar 2022 campaign left Portugal needing just a point in the final round of group matches to be certain of finishing first, and qualification for the knockout stages had already been assured.

 

 

When Ricardo Horta – one of a number of fresh faces introduced for the occasion by coach Fernando Santos – put them ahead against South Korea in the fifth minute, it seemed the Selecao would stroll straight through. Yet, their opponents staged one of several comebacks that have characterised the finals’ first fortnight: equalising before the break and then producing a dramatic 91st-minute strike to condemn them to a 2-1 defeat.

 

 

Despite suffering their first setback, Uruguay’s victory over Ghana sealed Portugal’s progress as Group H top dogs, and they now seek to successfully negotiate the last 16 for the first time since 2006, when they ultimately finished fourth in Germany.

 

Having seen his side start their World Cup by beating Ghana 3-2 and then adding a 2-0 win against Uruguay last Monday, when Bruno Fernandes found the net twice, Euro 2016 winner Santos can feasibly aim to break new ground this winter.

 

A Eusebio-inspired Portugal finished third at the 1966 World Cup, but for all their success at youth level the Iberian nation has never made it to a senior global final. Indeed, two of their last three campaigns ended in the first knockout round.

 

With speculation still raging about the form and fitness of one-man record machine Cristiano Ronaldo, Santos must get his team selection spot on in Lusail, as the Selecao encounter familiar opposition with a proven track-record in major finals.

 

 

When they last met their Swiss counterparts in the UEFA Nations League earlier this year, there were two very different outcomes in the space of a few days: Portugal were comprehensive 4-0 winners in Lisbon – with Ronaldo bagging a first-half brace – before Switzerland then turned the tables with a 1-0 victory in Geneva.