These two countries played earlier in the Nations League when Portugal won 4-0 in their home, while Switzerland prevailed 1-0 in the reverse leg.
Portugal and Cristiano Ronaldo will be taking on Switzerland in the final round-of-16 fixture of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The Tuesday night clash will be difficult to call since both sides have endured their ups and downs in the tournament till now. They finished on similar points and the same win/loss ratio in the group phase. However, Portugal will be heading into this fixture as the group leader, while the Swiss nation finished second in their respective group. With very little to separate them, both sets of supporters can expect to see an evenly-fought contest played between them on Tuesday night.
|Portugal vs Switzerland||Key details|
|Kickoff time in India||12:30 am (Wednesday)|
|Kickoff time in Portugal||7 pm (Tuesday)|
|Kickoff time in Switzerland||8 pm (Tuesday)|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||10 pm (Tuesday)|
Placed in Group H, Portugal started the World Cup campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Ghana. They followed it up with an impressive 2-0 triumph over Uruguay in their next game. However, Fernando Santos’ side suffered a shock defeat to South Korea in their final group. Still, they held on to the top spot having already collected six points. On the other hand, Switzerland defeated Cameroon and Serbia but lost to Brazil to also manage six points from Group G to finish second. These two countries played earlier in the Nations League when Portugal won 4-0 in their home, while Switzerland prevailed 1-0 in the reverse leg.
In their defeat to South Korea, Fernando Santos had rotated the squad considerably to hand game time to the fringe players. With most of their senior players well-rested, they would be called back into the starting lineup for this knockout game. It would be interesting to see if Diogo Dalot can retain his starting role following his impressive outing in the last match. Besides, they will be without Nuno Mendes and Danilo for this contest. On the other hand, Switzerland will be sweating over the illness situation of their No.1 goalkeeper Yann Sommer. It is unclear at this point if he will start this game.
Portugal possible line-up: Costa, Dalot, Silva, Dias, Cancelo, Carvalho, B. Silva, Neves, Fernandes, Felix, Ronaldo
Switzerland possible line-up: Sommer, Widmer, Akanji, Schar, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Freuler, Shaqiri, Sow, Vargas, Embolo
|South Korea||2-1 (L)|
|Czech Republic||2-1 (W)|
|Switzerland beat Portugal||1-0|
|Portugal beat Switzerland||4-0|
|Portugal beat Switzerland||3-1|
|Portugal beat Switzerland||2-0|
|Switzerland beat Portugal||2-0|
The FIFA World Cup match between Portugal and Switzerland will take place at Lusail Stadium on Wednesday at 12:30 am IST.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Moreover, the match between Portugal and Switzerland can be seen on Sport TV1, RTP 1, RTP Play, Sport TV Multiscreen, Antena 1 – RTP in Portugal; and SRF zwei, RSI La 2, RTS 2, TF1 Suisse, RTS Sport, SRF Play in Switzerland.