Saturday 10 December 2022
Gonçalo Ramos scored the first hat-trick of the finals as Portugal cruised past Switzerland but Morocco sank the Seleção in the last eight.
24 November: Portugal 3-2 Ghana (Ronaldo 65pen, João Félix 78, Leão 80; Ayew 73, Bukari 89)
28 November: Portugal 2-0 Uruguay (Bruno Fernandes 54 90+3)
2 December: Korea Republic 2-1 Portugal (Kim Young-Gwon 27, Hwang Hee-Chan 90+1; Ricardo Horta 5)
Round of 16
6 December: Portugal 6-1 Switzerland (Gonçalo Ramos 17 51 67, Pepe 33, Raphaël Guerreiro 55; Akanji 58, Rafael Leão 90+2)
10 December: Morocco 1-0 Portugal (En-Nesyri 42)
Goalkeepers: Diogo Costa, José Sá, Rui Patrício
Defenders: Diogo Dalot, João Cancelo, Danilo Pereira, Pepe, Rúben Dias, António Silva, Nuno Mendes, Raphaël Guerreiro
Midfielders: João Palhinha, Rúben Neves, Bernardo Silva, Bruno Fernandes, João Mário, Matheus Nunes, Otávio, Vitinha, William Carvalho
Forwards: André Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo, Gonçalo Ramos, João Félix, Rafael Leão, Ricardo Horta
If one of the players initially included in a squad list picks up an injury or contracts COVID-19, he may be replaced up to the day before the relevant team’s first match. In this situation, new call-ups do not necessarily have to feature on the 55-man release list. Any new player will be allocated the number of the player he is replacing in the squad.
Group A: W5 D2 L1 F17 A6
Portugal 1-0 Azerbaijan
Serbia 2-2 Portugal
Luxembourg 1-3 Portugal
Portugal 2-1 Republic of Ireland
Azerbaijan 0-3 Portugal
Portugal 5-0 Luxembourg
Republic of Ireland 0-0 Portugal
Portugal 1-2 Serbia
Play-off semi-finals: Portugal 3-1 Turkey
Play-off final: Portugal 2-0 North Macedonia
Top scorer: Cristiano Ronaldo (6 goals)
An unremarkable defender who spent the bulk of his playing career at Estoril Praia, Fernando Santos worked his way up as a coach, taking charge of all of Portugal’s big three clubs (Porto, Sporting CP and Benfica) and spending seven seasons with Greek clubs. Greece national team coach from 2010, he took on the Portugal job in 2014, leading his home nation to their only senior trophies to date: UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2019 UEFA Nations League. Having reached the World Cup last 16 with Greece (2014) and Portugal (2018), he has broken new ground in Qatar.
The deadliest striker in European football for a decade and the UEFA Champions League’s all-time top scorer, Ronaldo remains a significant presence in Fernando Santos’s squad. No surprise given the 37-year-old became the most prolific international goalscorer in history under his charge. He scored four goals in the 2018 edition, and in a record fifth World Cup finals, he has shown that his goalscoring touch is yet to desert him.
Most appearances: Cristiano Ronaldo (22)
Top scorer: Eusébio (9)
Best performance: Third place (1966)
2018 World Cup: Round of 16 (L2-1 vs Uruguay)
Portugal’s debut in the competition was an auspicious one as they finished third in England 1966, and they were semi-finalists again in Germany in 2006. Returns diminished subsequently, with a round of 16 exit in 2018 considered disappointing. Portugal have been eliminated in the group stage in three of their previous four World Cups outside Europe, but went further than that in Qatar.
23/03/2023: Portugal vs Liechtenstein
26/03/2023: Luxembourg vs Portugal
17/06/2023: Portugal vs Bosnia and Herzegovina
20/06/2023: Iceland vs Portugal
08/09/2023: Slovakia vs Portugal
11/09/2023: Portugal vs Luxembourg
13/10/2023: Portugal vs Slovakia
16/10/2023: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Portugal
16/11/2023: Liechtenstein vs Portugal
19/11/2023: Portugal vs Iceland
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