Portugal will begin their Euro 2024 qualification campaign by hosting Liechtenstein in a Group J match at the Estadio de Alvalade on Thursday night. Both sides last toured in November, with the hosts losing 1–0 to Morocco in the World Cup quarter-finals, while Liechtenstein were beaten 2–0 by Gibraltar in a friendly. Euro 2016-winning manager Fernando Santos has been out of a job for almost nine years due to the World Cup exit. Meanwhile, this will be the first meeting between these two sides in more than 13 years, with the last encounter ending 3–0 in favor of Portugal.
Pronto’s for the game com o 🇱🇮! ☝️ Ready for our game against 🇱🇮! #VesteABandeira #WearTheFlag pic.twitter.com/jEPbRIkFtq
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) March 23, 2023
Roberto Martinez has come in to replace Santos after leaving his role as Belgium boss following their group stage exit at the Qatar World Cup. The Spanish tactician’s first task will be to ensure qualification for the next European Championship in Germany. The Navigators lost to Martínez’s Red Devils in the last-16 stage of Euro 2020. After failing to defend their continental crown, Portugal had to go through a playoff to qualify for the World Cup. The Selecao recorded two wins and one loss in the group stage to advance to the round of 16 in Qatar, where they beat Switzerland 6–1 thanks to a hat-trick from Goncalo Ramos. But the highly talented Portuguese side could not overcome a resolute Moroccan team in the last eight stage, losing 1–0 courtesy of Youssef En-Nesri’s 42nd-minute effort. The Atlas Lions became the first African team to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup. Meanwhile, Martinez has once again been handed a star-studded squad and it will be interesting to see if the 49-year-old can lead them to glory in major tournaments.
Liechtenstein, on the other hand, are winless since a 2-1 win over Luxembourg in October 2020. The Blue-Reds are on a 13-game losing streak. His last competitive action was against Moldova in the UEFA Nations League last September, a 2–0 loss thanks to an injury time brace from Viktor Stinha. Liechtenstein was the worst performing team in the competition, losing all six of their group games and finishing bottom of League D with zero points. The Blue-Reds are now ranked 198th in the world, their lowest ever ranking.
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Al Nassr striker Cristiano Ronaldo has been named in the squad and it will be interesting to see whether Martinez will include the 38-year-old in the starting lineup. The legendary striker has 118 international goals to his name. Veteran central defender Pep suffered an injury and was ruled out of the next two fixtures.
Portugal probable starting lineup: Diogo Costa, Cancelo, Danilo, Antonio Silva, Guerrero, Ruben, Bernardo Silva, Fernandes, Joao Felix, Ronaldo, Rafael Leao
Liechtenstein Possible starting lineup: Buchel, Yildiz, S. Wolfinger, M. Wolfinger, Hofer, Traber, Hassler, Celle, Luchsinger, Weiser, Frick
head to head
|last 5 match results||Number|
|Portugal beat Liechtenstein||0-3|
|Portugal beat Liechtenstein||2-1|
|Liechtenstein draws Portugal||2-2|
|Portugal beat Liechtenstein||8-0|
|Portugal beat Liechtenstein||0-5|
Portugal vs Liechtenstein live schedule and fixture
The UEFA Euro 2024 qualification match between Portugal and Liechtenstein will take place on Friday at 1:15 AM IST at the Estadio José Alvalarde.
|Portugal vs Liechtenstein||key details|
|date||March 23 (Portugal)|
|venue||estadip jose avallarde|
|Kickoff Time in Portugal||7:45 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff Time in Liechtenstein||8:45 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time in India||1:15 AM (Friday)|
Where to watch Portugal vs Liechtenstein?
The live telecast of the Euro 2024 qualification matches will be available on Sony Sports Network. Apart from this, fans in India can live stream through Jio TV and Sony LIV. Football fans in Liechtenstein can catch live action on Landeskanal, while in Portugal they can tune into Sport TV and the RTP network.