Match of the Week: Portugal-Northern Macedonia, Poland-Sweden
By cy.Reporter, 29 Μαρτίου, 2022
Portugal-Northern Macedonia, World Cup final play-off, stadium: Dragao, 21:45
Portugal and Northern Macedonia will compete for a "ticket" to the final phase of the Qatar World Cup. The Portuguese want to celebrate the victory-qualification in front of their audience, while the guests aim to make the big surprise, after the away victory over the European Champion of Italy.
He may have been stressed in the last ten minutes of the match, but Portugal prevailed 3-1 at the end of Turkey and wants another victory, this time against Northern Macedonia to reach the final phase of the World Cup. The climate in Portugal is moderately optimistic and everyone has left out the rumors about the departure of federal coach Fernando Santos and has focused on tonight's match.
To complete the surprise
It comes from the surprise that made sense all over the football world, as with the victory in the delays over Italy, it left out of the World Cup a World football power and the current European Champion. Northern Macedonia is in excellent condition, counting three consecutive victories in an equal number of games and after eliminating Italy, it can reasonably believe that it will spoil the celebration in the stands of Dragao.
Plus and minus
+ At home, Portugal counts four wins in its last five games
- Has conceded in three of its last five home matches
+ Comes from three consecutive away victories without even conceding a goal.
-It has not been able to beat Portugal in two matches.
In the last five matches Portugal has three wins, one defeat and one draw
In the last five matches, Northern Macedonia has four wins and one defeat.
In four of the last five matches, Portugal has found the net.
In four of the last five matches of Portugal, more than 2.5 goals have been scored
In the last four of the last five matches, Northern Macedonia has found the net.
One win and one draw for Portugal in two matches against Northern Macedonia
Fernando Santos: "Players judge the games"
The federal coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos, spoke about today's match, emphasizing: "I am not a fortune teller, nor do I know it will happen. Sometimes things turn out the way you least expect. Players are the ones who make the decisions and judge the games. I am convinced that on Tuesday we will win. We will win, easily or hardly. I hope, if possible, to do it with less stress in the end, because I am already of a certain age and I no longer have the heart to endure such situations".
Premium 500,000 euros!
Qualifying only for the World Cup finals may be the most important moment in the football history of Northern Macedonia, however, the country's footballers will have one more reason to give them extra motivation to exclude Portugal. The Prime Minister of the country, Dimitar Kovachevsky, informed the football players on the plane that in case of qualification, they will receive a bonus worth 500,000 euros.
Portugal 4-3-3: Patricio, Cancello, Danilo Pereira, Fode, Guerrero, Joao Moutinho, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Otavio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Zota
Northern Macedonia 4-2-3-1: Dimitrievski, Ristovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Alioski, Antemi, Elmas, Tsurlinov, Bardi, Trajkovski, Ristovski
Poland-Sweden, World Cup final play-off, stadium: Silesian Stadium, 21:45
Poland and Sweden are competing for the participation in the World Cup in Qatar. The Poles are hosting Sweden and want the victory to qualify for the World Cup, as due to political developments they qualified without a fight with Russia being excluded from international competitions. Sweden, on the other hand, struggled but in overtime prevailed over the Czech Republic and is a "breath away" from the final phase.
Return to official and victories
Poland returns to an official match after November today, as it qualified without a fight against Russia, due to political developments. Poland drew 1-1 with Scotland in a friendly match, however, today's match is not only official, but is accompanied by the "ticket" to qualify for the final phase of the institution.
Another positive result
With a goal by Robin Quixon in the 110 ', Sweden prevailed in the second half of the Czech Republic 1-0 extra time and took the first "step" to qualify for the final phase of the World Cup. Now, Sweden only wants a positive result in the Polish headquarters, in order to be in the final phase and leave out the Poles.
Plus and minus
+ She will compete in front of her audience, which will give extra impetus to qualify for the final phase.
-He has been giving an official game since November and this can affect the team's performance.
+ He is in excellent psychological condition after the victory over the Czech Republic
-Significant loss on the defensive line, as Martin Olson will be absent due to injury
In the last five matches, Poland has three wins, one defeat and one draw
In the last five matches Sweden has three wins and two defeats
In the last three of Poland's last five matches, both teams have scored.
In the last five matches of Sweden, only one team from the two has scored
In four of Sweden's five matches, less than 2.5 goals have been scored.
In 27 matches Poland has eight wins, four draws and 15 times Sweden
Milik is out with an injury
Without Arkandius Milik, Poland will line up, as the Polish center forward will not be able to help his team, due to an injury problem. Specifically, the Polish striker spoke about his absence, saying: "Unfortunately, due to a small problem in the biceps, I will not be able to play against Sweden. I'm sorry but I believe we can achieve our goal".
Anderson: "Confident about qualifying"
Ian Anderson referred to today's match, saying: "We need to be more mobile and make more use of the space they give us. We have another difficult match ahead of us and we have to show self-concentration and seriousness. "Let's go to Poland with confidence and faith in our abilities."
Poland 3-5-2: Szczesny, Bielik, Glick, Bednarek, Puacz, Monter, Zielinski, Krichowiak, Kas, Buska, Lewandowski
Sweden 4-4-2: Olsen, Lindelof, Kraft, Danielson, Nilsson, Ekdal, Olson, Claesson, Forsberg, Isaac, Quayson