EURO 2016, Group F: Portugal vs Iceland – Preview
Venue: Stade Geoffroy Guichard
Date: Tuesday, June 13
Portugal kick start their Euro 2016 campaign with a tricky tie against Iceland. Like the other big teams, Cristiano Ronaldo’s men too will be looking to get off to a winning start against their less fancied opponents.
The Portuguese struggled en route the tournament, with seven one-goal margin wins in qualifying.
Iceland will need to resolve their defensive issues against a Portugal side that is flamboyant going forward. The Euro debutants have conceded 17 goals in their last 8 outings.
Ronaldo is one appearance short of equaling Luis Figo’s 127-cap record for Portugal.
Fernando Santos’ team beat Iceland on both occasions during the qualifying stages.
Possible starting XIs:
Portugal: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Raphäel Guerreiro; João Mário, Danilo, João Moutinho, Adrien Silva; Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Iceland: Halldorsson; Sævarsson, R Sigurdsson, Árnason, Skúlason; Gudmundsson, G Sigurdsson, Gunnarsson, Bjarnason; Sigthórsson, Finnbogason.
Portugal 2-0 Iceland