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Euro 2022: Portugal VS Switzerland, the revenge of the Portuguese?

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The Swiss will be hoping to kick off their Euro 2022 campaign on a positive note when they take on Portugal at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday July 9.

For both nations, this is a second appearance at the European Championships following their appearances at the 2017 tournament.

After being caught in extremis by the federation following the exclusion of Russia, the Portuguese want to show that they are here for a good reason and intend to give up.

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The Portuguese are ready to show who they are

After losing 1-0 on aggregate to Russia in Euro 2022 qualifiers, Portugal’s European Championship dreams have come to an end.

However, UEFA banned Russia’s participation due to the invasion of Ukraine, which gave Portugal the opportunity to participate in the Euros.

Francisco Neto’s side will be looking to improve their performance in their first major tournament, which saw Portugal exit Euro 2017 at the group stage.

If the 30th-ranked team in the world wants to qualify for the knockout stages, they will have to fight in a group including Sweden, the Netherlands and Switzerland.

Portugal enter the tournament in fine form having avoided defeat in their last four matches, three of which have ended in victory.

The feverish Swiss but not just any coach

Like their opponents, Switzerland were also engaged in the qualifiers after finishing behind Belgium in their qualifying group.

After drawing 2-2 on aggregate against the Czech Republic and without either team managing to find victory in extra time, the play-off was decided on penalties.

Although they missed their first two penalties, they managed to clinch their place for Euro 2022 by scoring the last three consecutively. While the Czech Republic could only find the net twice.

Despite the Swiss team’s limited experience in international tournaments, their coach Nils Nielsen did just that, leading the Denmark team to the final in 2017. They will rely heavily on his expertise because, like Portugal, the Swiss made their European final debut in this game and lost in the first hurdle.

Where to watch the game?

The match will take place on Saturday July 9 at 6 p.m. French time, at the Leigh Sports Village. You will find it on Canal + and it will be arbitrated by Adamkova.

Composition possible?

Portugal (in 4-2-3-1) : R.Patricio – R.Guerreiro, Pepe, D.Pereira, J.Cancelo – R.Neves, B.Silva – R.Leao, B.Fernandes, Diogo Jota – C.Ronaldo

Switzerland (in 4-4-2) : Y. Sommer – R. Rodriguez, N. Elvedi, F. Schar, S. Widmer – S. Zuber, G. Xhaka, R. Freuler, X. Shaqiri – B. Embolo, N. Okafor

Prognosis ?

Saturday’s match represents the tournament opener for both teams. We think the two could face off in a very close game. But with Switzerland occupying 10 places above Portugal in the FIFA World Rankings, we believe they will have the extra quality needed to beat Portugal.

Score prediction: Portugal 1-2 Switzerland

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