Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Portugal will be looking to build on a splendid 6-0 win over Lithuania when they face Luxembourg in the decider. A victory over Luc Holtz’s troops will see Portugal book their place at the Euro 2020, and, no doubt, the visitors are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s showdown. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Lithuania.
Luxembourg suit Portugal, and you should bear in mind that the Selecao emerged triumphant in each of their last nine meetings in all competitions. Lux Holtz’s men produced an excellent display in a 3-2 loss to Serbia on Thursday evening. Still, given their shaky defence, we do not believe that the underdogs are capable of making life difficult for Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. Portugal outplayed Luxembourg 3-0 earlier in the process.
Highlighted Player (Chris Philipps):
Born in Luxembourg City on March 8, 1994, Chris Philipps is a professional footballer who plays for Ligue 1 side Metz. Philipps made 39 appearances for Metz B before making his debut to the first team on May 23, 2013 in a 1-0 loss to Boulogne.
The Luxembourg international signed a loan deal with SC Preusen Munster in 2015 and it has to be noted that he played 25 games for the German side in the league. Chris Philipps made his debut for Luxembourg national football team on February 29, 2012 in a 2-1 win over Macedonia. His main position is defensive midfield, but he is used as a centre-back as well.
Chris Philipps, whose contract with Metz should expire in June 2018, made only 11 appearances for les Grenats in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign, but, no doubt, he helped the club secure promotion to the French top flight.
Highlighted Team (Portugal):
Portugal started competing at the biggest stage in the 1930’s, but they had to wait for almost seventy years to establish themselves as a top side. The third place finish at the 1966 World Cup was a one-off result as the Selecao needed another 40 years to get past the group stage, reaching the semi-finals at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
Portugal enjoyed more success on the continent, finishing third at the 1984, 2000 and 2012 European Championships, while losing in the final to Greece at the Euro 2004 that was held on home soil. Despite being able to count on one of world’s best ever footballers Cristiano Ronaldo, the Selecao have yet to lift a major trophy and they will not have too many opportunities to do so before the Real Madrid superstar retires.
Eusebio remains the most famous footballer to have played for Portugal, while Luis Figo, Simao Sabrosa, Pedro Pauleta, Rui Costa and Nani are also worth mention. The Selecao currently boast an impressive pool of world-class talent and it should not be long before they end the trophy drought.