Poland vs Portugal match preview | UEFA Nations League


With a 1-1 away draw against Italy in their first UEFA Nations League (UNL) fixture, second-placed Poland meet top-of-the-table Portugal at the Silesian Stadium in Poland.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Morocco, his fourth of the FIFA World Cup in Russia earlier this year

Journeyman-manager Jerzy Brzęczek (D2) took the helm after a poor World Cup, and faces an opponent Poland last beat at Euro 2006.

With a tight head to head record since however, Portugal boss Fernando Santos oversaw a win on penalties in their last meeting in France 2016.

With 104 international matches on his opposing manager today, Portugal will take on the ‘Eagles’ (POL) without 85-goal Cristiano Ronaldo, with Santos saying: “It is not just about… Ronaldo”.

In various meetings, these teams have battled 11 times since 1976 – Portugal lead with five wins, but since Poland’s 2006 win, there have been three 90-minute draws with both teams scoring on two occasions.

Players to watch: Fifty-five goal Robert Lewandowski will win his 100th cap here and has eight domestic goals in ten games so far. He also scored his second international goal at this stadium, nearly ten years to the day.

Andre Silva has seven goals in eight games for Sevilla and has 13 international goals from 28 games, including the winner vs Italy last time out.


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