Portugal vs Turkey | Match Info, Preview & Lineup

Portugal and Turkey's trip to Qatar will start at dawn tomorrow. The two countries will meet in the play-offs. This is a game of life and death. But the winner at the Do Dragao stadium doesn't immediately fly to the 2022 World Cup. There are still two other matches to go.As the host, the Seleccao das Quinas clearly benefited. They also lacked nothing with the arrival of all the best players. Cristiano Ronaldo is back to lead his country. Up front he will be supported by other Premier League stars such as Bruno Fernandes, Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva.

As for Turkey, which was in the second half of the qualifying round, it began to rise and rearrange its strength. If the hosts rely on Premier League stars, they will be supported by Serie A champions.

The experience of Hakan Calhanoglu and the strength of Merih Demiral are Stefan Kunz's mainstays on the field. This match is predicted to be fierce. 

Portugal won’t want a repeat of their last result here following a 1-2 WC Qualifiers - Europe defeat last time out to Serbia.

In that game, Portugal managed 43% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 on target. The only player to score for Portugal was Renato Sanches (2'). On the other side, Serbia had 11 shots on goal with 3 on target. Dušan Tadić (33') and Aleksandar Mitrović (90') scored for Serbia.

Their more recent scorelines highlight the fact that quality has been evident in the Portugal defence. Portugal have been stingy, resulting in the tally of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their past 6 games standing at 3. Previous results aside, it remains to be seen if such a trend will persist in this game or not.

Portugal vs Turkey 
Match Info
Date25 Mar 2022
Time1:15 AM IST 🇮🇳
StadiumDo Dragao
LeagueWorld Cup Qualifcation

🇵🇹 Portugal XI: Diogo Costa; Dalot, Fonte, Danilo Pereira, Guerreiro; Bernardo Silva, Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes; Otávio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Diogo Jota

🇹🇷 Turkey XI: Çakir; Kabak, Söyüncü, Demiral, Kutlu; Çelik, Kökçü, Çalhanoglu, Akturoglu; Cengiz Ünder; Yilmaz

🔴 FT : Portugal | 3 - 1 | Turkey

15' | 1 - 0 | Otavio
42' | 2 - 0 | Diogo Jota
65' | 2 - 1 | Burak Yilmaz
90+4' | 3 - 1 | Matheus Luiz

Throughout the qualifying round, Fernando Santos' team lost only once. From his last 4 games, Rui Patricio's goal recorded 3 clean sheets. Selecao das Quinas have only failed to score once in their last 9 matches. Turkey has only kept a clean sheet once from the last 5 matches. Kerem Akturkoglu has always scored in Turkey's last 4 matches. Turkey has always won in its last 3 matches. The last time the two teams met was in 2012. 8 times Portugal vs Turkey meeting, Selecao das Quinas won 6 times. From the last 5 meetings between the two countries, the Selecao das Quinas made 4 clean sheets. In the history of their meeting, Cristiano Ronaldo et al have always succeeded in breaking into Turkey's goal. This is the first time Fernando Santos and Stefan Kunz have met. Santos has never faced Turkey before. Stefan Kunz has also never played against Portugal. The referee who led Portugal vs Turkey was Daniel Siebert from Germany. Siebert has only once led a Selecao das Quinas match and they won. Turkey always wins during matches led by Daniel Siebert.

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