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Portugal vs Czech Republic EURO 2024 Group F Matchday 1 preview: where to watch, start time, possible lineups | UEFA EURO 2024

Portugal vs Czech Republic EURO 2024 Group F Matchday 1 preview: where to watch, start time, possible lineups |  UEFA EURO 2024

Portugal and the Czech Republic meet in their first match of UEFA EURO 2024 in Group F on Tuesday, June 18.

Where to watch Portugal vs Czech Republic on TV

Fans can find their local UEFA EURO 2024 broadcast partner(s) here.

What do you want to know?

Portugal and the Czech Republic have become accustomed to meeting at EURO final tournaments; this will be their fourth meeting since 1996, with the Czechs winning the first 1-0 at EURO ’96 and Portugal triumphing in the other two – 3-1 in 2008 and 1-0 in 2012. Recent battles could signal new success Roberto Martínez’s side, as Portugal have won their last four meetings and kept a clean sheet in the last three.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored against the Czechs at the 2008 and 2012 European Championships, and will write another piece of history when he takes the field in Leipzig – becoming the first player to play in six European Championships. However, the Czech Republic will not focus solely on muzzling the world’s top international scorer. Ivan Hašek’s team plays attacking football, as evidenced by striker Patrik Schick who finished as top scorer at EURO 2020 with five goals (alongside Ronaldo).

The road from Portugal to Germany: every goal

Possible setups

Portugal: Diogo Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Rúben Dias, Nuno Mendes; Palhinha, Vitinha, Bruno Fernandes; Rafael Leao, Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva

Czech Republic: Staněk; Holeš, Hranáč, Krejčí; Coufal, Souček, Provod, Barák, David Jurásek; Kuchta, Schick

Form guide

Portugal:
Format (all competitions, most recent first): WLWLWW

Czech Republic:
Format (all competitions, most recent first): WWWWWD

The road from the Czech Republic to Germany: watch every goal

Expert predictions

Carlos Machado, Portuguese reporter

It will be a confident Portugal that will kick off against the Czech Republic in Leipzig. Now that all 26 players are fit, they are keen to show that they are a strong contender to go all the way in this competition. That is the quality that Roberto Martínez has at his disposal: strength and a lot of depth. The atmosphere in the camp is that of a team with great confidence in themselves, but also keen to perform to their potential and justify their pre-match billing.

Ondřej Zlámal, reporter from the Czech Republic

To win this match, the Czechs will have to put in a performance for the ages: great teamwork, tight defending and probably a few solid saves from the goalkeeper. The main battle could be in midfield, where Portugal will try to gain control and push Hašek’s attacks back towards their own goal, with chances inevitably coming for Ronaldo and Rafael Leão. However, the Czech Republic has quality players, so expect them to step up in numbers when the opportunity arises.

What the coaches say

Roberto Martínez, coach of Portugal: “I think the Czech Republic’s style is very clear. It’s about taking risks, pressing high, with players who want to score goals. They play to win and it will be a fantastic match in front of neutral fans. Out of qualifying It turned out that our group has a very good match.” attitude and strong commitment. We won ten games, but now it’s the tournament. There are three matches in this group and we have to show our best level here.”

Ivan Hašek, coach of the Czech Republic: “The Portuguese are players who play for the best clubs in the world, they are stars and they go into this match as favorites, but we want to win. We know about Cristiano Ronaldo, but I want us to say it after the match, not that we played against him, but we beat him. Portugal have great quality both up front and at the back. We won’t underestimate them, we know their qualities, but we also want to focus on our team.”

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