Portugal finished the first half against Portugal 2-0, during the match currently being held between them at the “Dragao” stadium, as part of the semi-finals of the European qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup that will be held in Qatar at the end of the year.
Portugal’s two goals were scored by Otavio in the 15th minute of the match from a good follow-up to the attack started by Don Cristiano Ronaldo from the right front before Diego Jota added the second goal in the 42nd minute.
Portugal enters the match after occupying second place in the table of Group A, with 17 points collected from winning 5 matches, drawing 2 and, losing one.
The Portuguese national team is missing veteran defender Laveran Pepe against Turkey, due to the circumstances of his infection with the Coronavirus on the first day of his country’s camp, according to what the Portuguese Federation announced.
The formation of Portugal was as follows:
- Goalkeeper: Diego Costa.
- Defense Line: Rafael Guerrero, Jose Fonte, Thiago Danilo, Diogo Dalot.
- Midfield: Bernardo Silva, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes.
- Forwards: Otavio Henrique, Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo.
While the formation of the Turkish national team was as follows: “Ozan Kabak, Merih Demiral, Şalar Soyuncu, Mehmet Zaki Celik, Berkan Kutlu, Hakan Calhanoglu, Orkon Kokcho, Kerem Akturkoglu, Cengiz Under, Burak Yilmaz.”
The Portuguese national team had already been deprived of the services of Manchester City defender Robin Diaz due to an injury, so Cristiano Ronaldo’s companions received a painful blow before the decisive match.
Meanwhile, the Turkish national team plays today’s match, after it ranked second in the Group F table, with 21 points, collected from winning 6 matches, drawing 3, and losing one match.
The two winning teams are awaiting the match between Italy and North Macedonia at the Renzo Barbera stadium in the semi-finals of the European qualifiers for the World Cup.
The Portuguese national team has historically surpassed its Turkish counterpart in the confrontations that brought them together, both at the official level, while the latter outperforms the friendly confrontations.
The two teams met in 7 official and friendly confrontations, Brazil won in Europe 5 matches, all official, while the Turkish team won in two friendly matches.
The first meeting between the two teams was in December 1955, and the Turkish team won 3-1 in a friendly and also won the last confrontation between them in June 2012 with the same friendly result.
Ronaldo sits on the throne of the best records in the history of the Portuguese national team and led him to the European Nations Cup and the European Nations League title.
Cristiano Ronaldo succeeded in becoming the national team’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing the Iranian Ali Daei’s tally of 109 goals.
Ronaldo is Portugal’s top scorer of all time, having scored 115 goals in 184 matches, with an average of 0.63 goals per game.
Ronaldo is also considered the most participating player in the history of the Portuguese national team after the Don scored his appearance in 184 matches for his national team since 2003 until now.
Ronaldo succeeded in leaving his scoring mark in many major tournaments with his country, whether the World Cup in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018, in addition to the European Nations Cup in 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, and 2020.