Portugal and Hungary have their eyes set on the knockout stages when they meet in Lyon.

It has been a thoroughly disappointing tournament so far for the Portuguese, drawing both their matches despite dominating possession and chances on goal. Hungary surprised with an opening win against Austria, but needed a late equaliser to draw with Iceland and enter the final match on top of Group F. Who can seize their chances at the Stade de Lyon?

After qualifying for their first European championship since 1972, many Hungarian fans would simply have been happy with a competitive performance in the group stages against pre-tournament heavyweight Portugal and Austria. However, Hungary have been one of the feel-good stories of the tournament thus far and have a genuine chance of topping their group thanks to their opening win against Austria. Iceland may have forced a draw in their second group match, but having only conceded from a penalty thus far their defence is looking remarkably solid.

The forward line needs to make their chances count against a Portuguese defence featuring the experience of Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe, who have impressed so far in France. Zoltan Stieber and Adam Szalai are the main threats for the Hungarians, and the Bundesliga attackers will need to be on song if Hungary is to win and top the group.

  • Group F leaders Hungary are assured of a last-16 berth
  • Portugal lie third in the section, two points behind Bernd Storck’s men
  • The Portuguese have prevailed in all five competitive games between the teams
  • The two most recent victories came on the road to the 2010 World Cup
  • The teams have been drawn together in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup


Possible line-ups
Hungary:
Király; Lang, Guzmics, Juhász, Kádár; Nagy, Gera; Dzsudzsák, Kleinheisler, Lovrencsics; Szalai.
Out: Fiola
Doubtful: Böde
Misses next match if booked: Kádár, Kleinheisler, Nagy, Németh

Portugal: Rui Patrício; Vieirinha, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe, Eliseu; William Carvalho, João Moutinho, Renato Sanches; Ricardo Quaresma, Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani.
Out: none
Doubtful: André Gomes (thigh), Raphaël Guerreiro (thigh)
Misses next match if booked: Pepe, Quaresma

[Photo Courtesy- Football Talk]

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