15:00 GMT 21 June 2017
The Russia vs. Portugal match will be played on Wednesday, June 21, at the Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow. This is the second round match of Confederations Cup group A. In the first round, Russia defeated New Zealand by 2:0, while Portugal recorded a draw against Mexico, 2:2.
These national teams played 6 head to head matches up to date. Portugal won 3 , Russia 2 , while one game ended in a draw. All games were played in the 21st century. In 5 out of those six games, we saw under 2.5 goals. In 2004, Portugal humiliated Russia, beating them by 7:1 in World Cup qualifying match.
Russia recorded a comfortable victory against New Zealand in the first round match by 2:0. Boxall scored an own goal in the 31st minute, while Smolov scored another one for the Russia in the 69th minute. As it was expected, Russia completely dominated in the match, and the result could have been even more convincing. However, now they will face a reigning European champion, and the upcoming game should be a whole different cup of tea. Russia will probably be more defensive and wait for their chance to counter-attack Portugal.
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Portugal recorded a draw against Mexico, despite leading twice. Moreno scored the equalizing goal in the stoppage time and made the life difficult for Portugal. The European champion will probably have to defeat Russia to secure the place in the knockout stage of the tournament.
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Both teams are in a very good form at the moment. It is hard to predict who will win the match, but we should see an attractive game full of goals.
21 June 2017 - 15:00 GMT
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