Our match prediction:
Following back-to-back draws with the likes of Iceland and Austria, Portugal will be looking to book their place in the Euro 2016 knockout stages with a win over Hungary in their final group game. A Selecao had 20+ goal attempts in each of previous two games at the showpiece tournament in France and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Wednesday’s football match against Bernd Storck’s charges. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty in the goalless draw with Austria, but, no doubt, the opposition defenders should have their work cut out for them when facing CR7. Portugal face a must-win situation and considering that Hungary were more than fortunate to play out a 1-1 draw with Iceland, we predict that A Selecao are going to pick up all three points from the Parc Olympique Lyonnais clash. You should bear in mind that Portugal are after their sixth consecutive win over Hungary.
Highligted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million. He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce. In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
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.