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Portugal vs Ukraine: CR7 returns for the defending European Champions

Portugal vs Ukraine: CR7 returns for the defending European Champions

22 Mar 2019, 09:25

Cristiano Ronaldo is back in business for the European Champions here as they begin the quest to get to Euro 2020 to defend their crown.

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Match preview 🖊 

Unbeaten since their World Cup exit at the hands of Uruguay (W3, D3), defending European champions Portugal, ranked sixth in the World by FIFA, has now lost just two games since the start of 2018 The goals have dried up somewhat, though, with six of their last nine matches seeing them score only once.

Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the fold, however, which will facilitate a return to a 4-4-2. Joao Felix is pushing for a start alongside him, essentially vying with Andre Silva for that place. With six of Portugal's last seven matches at the Euros producing under 2.5 goals, we expect more of the same.

Team news 📰

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo's first appearance for the side since the World Cup will come as a boost for the defending European champs here. There are also recalls for Jose Fonte and Joao Moutinho while Benfica's teenage star Joao Felix is called up for the first time and could partner Ronaldo in attack. Wolverhampton Wanderers star Diego Jota is also part of the setup. 

Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko could hand a debut to Brazilian-born striker Junior Moraes, with the Shakhtar Donetsk forward recently granted a Ukranian passport. 

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