When Portugal visits the Sinobo Stadium to play the Czech Republic on Saturday night, they will make an effort to maintain their chances of qualifying for the UEFA Nations League finals.
In League A Group 2, Fernando Santos’ team is currently in second place, one point behind Spain, while their opponents are in third place, trying to keep their spot in the elite division.
The Czech Republic’s competitive season will come to an end at the end of this month after their inability to advance beyond Sweden in the 2022 World Cup qualification playoffs. Despite this, they have yet to make an appearance on the greatest stage of them all since 2006.
With Adam Hlozek and Patrik Schick among their offensive possibilities, Jaroslav Silhavy’s team has the building blocks for success, even if their Nations League A debut hasn’t been particularly stunning.
Czech Republic ranks third in the section with four points after four games, one point ahead of Switzerland in the relegation slot. Silhavy’s team still has a chance to earn an unexpected spot in the finals.
With back-to-back 2-0 losses to forthcoming opponents Portugal and Spain, with Carlos Soler and Pablo Sarabia scoring for the latter, this week’s hosts completed the month of June with a losing record. The Czech Republic has now gone six games without recording a shutout in any events.
Portugal lost their position at the top of League A Group 2 to La Roja as they lost to Switzerland in their most recent match, while their Iberian neighbors were busy defeating the Czech Republic.
In just 57 seconds, Haris Seferovic scored the game-winning goal to destroy Portugal’s dreams of three straight victories in their opening three Nations League games and to halt the 2018-19 champions’ five-game winning streak overall.
Santos’s team is getting ready to face Uruguay, Ghana, and the Korea Republic in Group H after being obliged to defeat North Macedonia in the World Cup playoff path, but this match could decide their Nations League fate.
Santos wants to halt his team’s three-game losing run on the road in all tournaments during their first trip to Prague. If Portugal loses and Spain defeats Switzerland at home, Luis Enrique’s team advances to the finals.