Portugal plays at home

Cristiano, Renato and company, supported by several thousand fans from the neighboring country in Seville. Eden Hazard continues to be the great doubt in the Belgian eleven.

Portugal-plays-at-home

Portugal play at home. No less than 6,000 fans from the neighboring country have taken Seville in the last hours, some even without a ticket (yet) for the match. The capital of flamenco sounds like fado and the Herois do Mar are waiting tonight to impose their not least known less effective football melody, that of the virtuoso of the Cristiano goal together with a band of hard-working companions, some (Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches, Bruno Fernandes. ..) with world top quality (follow the game live on As.com) .

Cr7 dragged and dragged the reigning European champion with his insatiable hunger for records, just equaling the mark of 109 international goals (108, according to Mr. Chip) that Iranian Ali Daei held for so long. The one from Madeira imposes respect, almost fear, even if tonight he faces a generation of Red Devils who after many years once again justify his nickname, from those who finished fourth in Mexico-86. After falling in love (but finishing third) in the World Cup in Russia, De Bruyne, Lukaku, Hazard, Courtois and company seem to have reached that balance between cheekiness and maturity with which great teams triumph.

Belgium entered this tournament safer and with a well-deserved unbeaten badge. His three of three victories in the finals are the logical epilogue to a previous one in which he also won absolutely everything. An admirer of Cruyff and therefore an apostle of possession, the Catalan Roberto Martínez knew how to temper the talent and power of a group that often succumbed to discovering too much in any of these virtues. It will be necessary to see what happens today with Eden Hazard, whose physical problems are the small blur of an almost perfect work. The ownership or not of the madridista, whom Roberto has rationed the minutes until he starts against Finland, stands out as a great unknown for the Belgian eleven in La Cartuja.

Portugal will wait crouched, true to its character, although Fernando Santos has qualified the style with the inclusion of Renato Sanches in a somewhat more daring eleven. He did the same in 2016, so there are already several premonitory coincidences: in that Euro in France, the team from the neighboring country ended up winning after qualifying with just three draws in the first phase, against presumably smaller rivals as well. And now he has known how to suffer to pass in the group of Death. He beat Hungary in the final stretch of the match, that rebellious Cinderella who would later surprise France and Germany. Renato turned the Portuguese image upside down in the second half against Germany, although it was too late to react; Already as a starter, the Lille midfielder contributed to stand up to the powerful French midfield for the 2-2 final against Bleus. Less sure is the line-up of Bruno Fernandes, the Hazard on duty in the Portuguese line-up: after a tremendous year at Old Trafford, Bruno falters in this great event just like he did in the Europa League final against Villarreal.



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