watch portugal vs denmark live

watch portugal vs denmark live

Portugal have stuttered in the first 2 qualifying games in group H only picking up one point and new coach, Paulo Bento will be hoping for a far better display and 3 points on the board as they look to get their campaign off the ground against Denmark today. Denmark thus far have a 100% record with a win over Iceland in their first game. Portugal did fire four goals in the first game against Cyprus but ended up slipping up and giving them a shock point as the Cypriates came back to draw the match 4-4. The Portugese then went down 1-0 in a trip to Norway which resulted in former Manchester United assistant manager being sacked as Portugal boss. Bento will be desperate to impress and instill confidence back into his aside after a subpar initial display from the team in qualifying. He will have to make his strategies without the pair of Liedson and Miguel Veloso so midfielder Ruben Micael and Manuel Fernandes will come in to deputise.

In head to head encounters the danes haven't lost to the Portugese in their last three matches and they shocked them in the qualifiers for the 2010 world cup with a surprising 3-2 victory after Portugal were 2-1 up with minutes to go. The sides have overall met each other 10 times, with Portugal winning 6, drawing 2 and Denmark winning 2. Denmark beat Portugal in an impressive 4-2 win in 2006 and it's now 10 years since Portugal won in a friendly in 2000 which may help the Danes in the build up to today's match.

Denmark will have to play without the services of Daniel Agger, Nicklas Bendtner, Morten Skoubo and Thomas Kahlenberg and have summoned uncapped goalkeeper Jonas Lossl, forward Nicolai Jorgensen, defender Mathias Jorgensen, striker Peter Lovenkrands, and midfielders Daniel Jensen and Kasper Lorentzen as cover.

Portugal could really do with the midas touch from Cristiano Ronaldo in front of goal as he has had to go through a real scoring drought. He netted a goal in the Portugese's 7-0 demolition of North Korea at the world cup but that was his first goal for a whole year. Paulo Machado and Joao Pereira are fresh faces for the Portugal squad and will make their first appearances and midfielder Carlos Martins, Nani and striker Helder Postiga are back after a long no show in the squad.

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