Portugal 0 Czech Republic 0 LIVE: Stream, TV channel, team news as hosts aim to cement top spot – UNDERWAY

PORTUGAL return to UEFA Nations League action TONIGHT and they’ll be hoping to cement top spot when they face Czech Republic in Lisbon.

But the visitors won’t make it easy as they are on a good run themselves having gone unbeaten in their opening two group fixtures.

  • Start time: 7:45pm GMT
  • TV/Live stream: Box Nation
  • Portugal XI: Costa, Cancelo, Pepe, Pereira, Guerreiro; Silva, Carvalho, Neves; Guedes, Ronaldo, Jota
  • Czech Republic XI: Stanek, Zima, Brabec, Mateju; Coufal, Soucek, Sadilek, Havel; Lingr, Kuchta, Hiozek
  • Portugal 0-0 Czech Republic

    7. Portugal work the ball well and Guedes swings the ball in.

    Stanek manages to clear the ball.

    Poor delivery there.

  • Portugal 0-0 Czech Republic

    5. Havel is penalised for a trip on Bernardo Silva.

    Free kick in a dangerous position for Portugal.

    The effort goes harmlessly wide of the post.

  • Portugal 0-0 Czech Republic

    3. William Carvalho receives a yellow card for elbowing Lingr.

    No arguments from the Portuguese midfielder.

    Kuchla tries an effort from outside the box which goes well wide.

    Credit: AP
  • Portugal 0-0 Czech Republic

    1. Ruben Neves trips Adam Hlozek.

    Free kick awarded to the visitors.

    Portugal regain the ball and retain possession.

  • Kick-off: Portugal v Czech Republic

    The visitors kick off and we are underway.

    A warm evening in Portugal.

  • Portugal’s centre midfield conundrum

    Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes are world-class midfielders, of that there is no doubt.

    The problem for Portugal is that they do not seem to be able to perform together in the centre of midfield.

    It is Bernardo Silva who starts this evening with Fernandes relegated to the bench.

  • Form on the road key to success

    Czech Republic have only conceded one goal in all five of their Nations League battles away from home so far.

    Confidence is high in the camp to upset the odds tonight.

    The Czechs won the first encounter between these two sides on the way to the Euro 1996 final.

  • Nations League happy hunting ground

    Having won the Nations League three years ago, Portugal have only lost one of their 14 Nations League encounters since the tournament’s inception.

    Portugal have won six of their last seven games at home in all competitions.

    The hectic fixture schedule will act as the perfect platform for their preparation for the World Cup.

  • Timeless classic keeps producing

    Cristiano Ronaldo seems to keep getting better as he matures.

    The Portuguese striker scored his 116th and 117th goals against Switzerland in their last outing.

    Ronaldo will be looking to shine in Qatar in what could be one of his last chances to make an impression at the tournament.

    Credit: AP
  • Czech Republic subs:

    1. T Vaclik, 23. A Mandous, 18. J Zeleny, 8. J Pesek, 17. V Cerny, 6. O Kudela, 21. A Kral, 3. V Jemelka, 11. V Jurecka, 20. A Vlkanova, 7. L Kalvach, 14. S Tecl

  • Czech Republic starting XI:

    The visitors look to extend their unbeaten run in the competition, picking a strong side to take on Portugal.

    16. J Stanek, 2. D Zima, 4. J Brabec, 13. A Mateju, 5. V Coufal, 22. T Soucek, 15. M Sadilek, 12. M Havel, 19. O Lingr, 10. J Kuchta, 9. A Hlozek

    Credit: @ceskarepre_eng
    Credit: @ceskarepre_eng
  • Portugal subs:

    16. O Monteiro, 6. J Alves Palhinha Gonçalves, 4. D Carmo, 12. T Rui Silva, 15. R Leão, 1. Rui Patrício, 9. A Valente Silva, 19. N Tavares Mendes, 2. D Dalot, 11. B Fernandes, 8. J Moutinho, 23. V Machado Ferreira.

  • Portugal starting XI:

    Fernando Santos names a very strong side to face the Czech Republic this evening.

    22. Diogo Costa, 20. Joao Cancelo, 3. Pepe, 13. Danilo Pereira, 5. R Guerreiro, 17. G Guedes, 14. W Carvalho, 18. R Neves, 7. C Ronaldo, 21. D Jota, 10. B Silva.

    Credit: @selecaoportugal
    Credit: @selecaoportugal
  • Surprise package turning some heads

    Czech Republic, after failing to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, were looked upon as ‘also rans’ in this group.

    After two games, remaining unbeaten having accrued four points, Jaroslav Šilhavý’s team are enjoying themselves in the Nations League.

    The dark horses could cause problems for Portugal this evening.

    Credit: AFP
  • Czechs looking to bounce back from draw

    Jaroslav Šilhavý’s side were minutes away from a monumental victory in their most recent fixture.

    A 90th minute goal from Inigo Martinez denied them their win.

    The game ending up finishing 2-2 with Pesek and Kuchta scoring for the home side.

  • Sending a strong message to rivals

    Fernando Santo’s side responded to their 1-1 draw with Spain in their opening Nations League game with a 4-0 win over Switzerland.

    Goals from William Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo (2) and Joao Cancelo.

    A comfortable victory for all in all for the Portuguese.

  • Czechs looking to protect unbeaten start

    The Czech Republic manager spoke about their approach for today’s game:

    There won’t be many changes [against Portugal]; we won’t have a whole new XI, but Jindra Staněk will be in goal. Our opponents are really very good, but we don’t just want to defend. We have already shown with Spain that we can be dangerous on the break. Would it be better for us if Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t play? Playing against a player like Ronaldo is an experience and the boys will want to take him on.

    Jaroslav ŠilhavýCzech Republic

  • Qatar chance to show true quality

    Portugal have often been labelled as the team always playing the bride’s maid but never the bride.

    Their Euro 2016 triumph was the first major honour the country had won, then followed by a Nations League win.

    This year’s World Cup in Qatar will offer Santos a chance for his side to make their mark on the big stage with Portuguese fans confident their side can challenge for the trophy.

  • Ton up for Portugal manager

    Today’s match today will mark the 100th Portugal game with Fernando Santos as head coach.

    The veteran manager guided his nation to their first ever major trophy at Euro 2016, going on to win more silverware as the inaugural Nations League winners in 2019.

    Despite fierce criticism in recent years for a perceived overly conservative style of play, Santos retains the firm support of the hierarchy and the players.

  • Welcome to Portugal vs Czech Republic

    Portugal continue their UEFA Nations League campaign as they welcome the Czech Republic to Lisbon with both teams looking to extend their unbeaten starts, Portugal having thumped Switzerland 4-0 while the Czech Republic had an impressive 2-2 draw with Spain.

    Fernando Santos once again saw his side come through the encounter with Switzerland unscathed, but changes will certainly be in the offing despite such a rampant success on home soil.

    Pepe’s 39-year-old legs may not be able to handle three starts in the space of a week, so Domingos Duarte could be presented with an opportunity in defence alongside Raphael Guerreiro.

    Bernardo Silva and Rafael Leao will also be hoping for starts after coming on as substitutes in the last fixture.

    Diogo Costa and Rui Patricio will continue their battle for the gloves in the side.

    In contrast, the Czech Republic lost left-back Jaroslav Zeleny to injury in the first half against Spain, and his replacement Jakub Jankto was also forced off during the half-time interval.

    Jaroslav Silhavy is unsure of the severity of the duo’s injuries at this stage, but right-back Milan Havel ought to ready himself for an emergency stint on the opposite flank.

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