The fifth match of the confederations cup is in between Russia and Portugal in the Otkrytiye Arena (Spartak Stadium), Moscow on 21st June from 18:00 local time.
Portugal team have its first appearance in the FIFA Confederations cup 2017. They qualified in this cup by winning the Euro Champions Trophy in 2016 by defeating France in the finals. Russia have also their first debut in the confederations cup. They qualified in the tournament as 2018 FIFA World coup hosts for this cup.
Russia is on the top of the group A after winning the opening match of this cup by defeating the New Zealand. They are well aware of the need to make adjustments when they are playing against more challenging opponents in Portugal. It will boost their confidence and intention to win this match and they are ready to defend their leadership in the group A against the European champions who have a draw with the Mexico in their first match. So, this match has already sell out at the Otkrytiye Arena on Wednesday in Moscow.
Because of draw with the Mexico Portugal’s coach Fernando Santos decided to rotate his players in this tournament. If Portugal has to remain in the tournament, it has to defeat Russia and also New Zealand in their upcoming match. They have to improve their defending techniques otherwise they have to pay for them and Russia get benefit in this match.
Head to Head Matches of Both Teams
Russia and Portugal are face to face with each other ten times before this match and Russia grabbed six wins and Portugal had four wins and having one draw with each other. Russia never defeated in the all four matches played on the home ground with the Portugal and had a clean sheet record of win in each of those matches.
About Portugal Football Team
Association : Portugese Football Federation (FPF)
Confederation : UEFA (Europe)
Captain : Cristiano Ronaldo
Head Coach : Fernando Santos
Top Scorer : Cristiano Ronaldo
About Russia Football Team
Association : Russian Football Union (RFS)
Confederation : UEFA (Europe)
Captain : Igor Akinfeev
Head Coach : Stanislav Cherchesov
Top Scorer : Aleksandr Kerzhakov
Key Players of both the teams
The star performer of the Portugal team Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world and is expected to perform excellent in this match and Russian Star Performer and striker Fedor Smolov is the top scorer in the Russian Premier League and man of the match in Russia’s opening win in this cup .So there is exciting competition is going to be seen in between these two stars.
Match Venue Details
City : Moscow
Stadium: Otkrytiye Arena (Spartak Stadium)
Capacity : 45,360
Refree : Gianluca Rocchi (Italy)
Date: 21st June
Timing : 18:00 Local Time
Possible Squad of both the Team
Russia Squad Players: Igor Akinfeev, Igor Smolnikov, Georgy Dzhikiya , Viktor Vasin, Fedor Kudryashov, Yury Zhirkov , Denis Glushakov, Aleksandr Erokhin , Aleksandr Golovin , Dmitry Poloz , Fedor Smolov.
Portugal Squad Players: Cristiano Ronaldo, Rui Patricio , Raphael Guerrero , Bruno Alves , Jose Fonte , Nelson Semedo , Andre Gomes , Gelson Martins , William Carvalho , Joao Moutinho , Andre Silva.
Though Russia is playing good and has capability to win this match but Portugal has a lot of youngstars with a lot of talent and quality and talented players who has played around the world .
So it is hard to predict which team is going to win this match and there is equal probability for both the teams to win the match but there is an interesting and competitive match is going to watch on Wednesday 21st June.
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