Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal had to take the long route to reach Qatar after securing a place through playoffs.
Portugal will be looking to make the most of their final warm-up game before the World Cup when they take on Nigeria on Thursday. Surprisingly though the African powerhouse will not be heading to Qatar for the showpiece event. The match on Thursday night will be their final encounter of the calendar year hence they would like to end it on a high. However, they have a few big-name absentees for this clash, which makes their job that extra bit harder.
|Portugal vs Nigeria||Key details|
|Venue||Estádio José Alvalade|
|Kickoff time in India||12:15 am (Friday)|
|Kickoff time in Portugal||6:45 pm (Thursday)|
|Kickoff time in Nigeria||7:45 pm (Thursday)|
Cristiano Ronaldo-led Portugal had to take the long route to reach Qatar after securing a place through playoffs. With the tournament now just days away from commencing, the match on Thursday will provide the final chance for Fernando Santos to experiment with his lineup. They are heading into this match on the back of losing their last game to Spain in the Nations League. That narrow defeat saw the Spaniards pip Portugal to the top spot in League A Group 2.
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This game on Thursday might not count for much in terms of the result, yet it holds a lot of significance for various reasons. For Portugal, Santos could use this as an opportunity to try out new tactics or formations and rotate his squad to understand the full depth of players at his disposal. Ronaldo might not be risked from the start since the World Cup is just days away from commencing. Meanwhile, a couple of late withdrawals have caused a big headache for the Nigerian coach. Their star frontman Victor Osimhen has pulled out of the squad, while defender Olisah Ndah has also withdrawn.
Portugal possible line-up: Costa, Dalot, Silva, Pereira, Mendes, Palhinha, Neves, Fernandes, Leao, Otavio, Silva
Nigeria possible line-up: Uzoho, Awaziem, Bassey, Troost-Ekong, Akpoguma, Ndidi, Onyeka, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Dennis, Onuachu
|Czech Republic||0-4 (W)|
|Czech Republic||2-0 (W)|
|Costa Rica||2-0 (L)|
|Sao Tome and Principe||0-10 (W)|
The international friendly match between Portugal and Nigeria will take place at Estádio José Alvalade on Friday at 12:15 am IST.
The international friendly match between Portugal and Nigeria can be seen on StarTimes App, DStv Now, SuperSport GOtv LaLiga, SuperSport Football Plus Nigeria, SuperSport Laliga Nigeria, SuperSport GOtv Football, Startimes World Football, SuperSport MáXimo 3, SuperSport MaXimo 1 in Nigeria; and Sport TV1, Sport TV Multiscreen, RTP Play, RTP 1 in Portugal.