Portugal vs Serbia : Portugal wobbled to a 0-0 draw vs. Ukraine to open qualifying on Friday, while this match will be Serbia’s first in the five-team group. The draw vs. Ukraine marked Cristiano Ronaldo’s return to the Portugal national team for the first time since the 2018 World Cup, and he’ll look to add to his tally of international goals, with his 85 the most among active players.
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Portugal vs Serbia
UEFA EURO Qualifying 2020
Place: Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica – Lisbon, PRT
Time: 3:45pm ET
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Serbia, which also participated in the World Cup, won’t be a pushover, though. It’s unbeaten in its seven matches since falling short in Russia (4-0-3) and features the likes of Ajax’s Dusan Tadic, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic, Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic and Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and can present some problems for the Euro 2016 winners if they’re not careful.
Cristiano Ronaldo returned to the Portugal team on Friday evening, yet the captain was unable to inspire the side against Ukraine.
The European champions’ first game in qualifying for the 2020 edition of the tournament ended 0-0 and Fernando Santos will be hoping his side improves on Monday night against Serbia.
Portugal vs Serbia : Team news
Ronaldo started in a front three alongside Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva on Friday and we can expect a similar trident on Monday night. Sporting Club midfielder Bruno Fernandes have been pushing for a starting berth but is out injured.
Serbia are missing Aleksandar Kolarov with a thigh problem.
Since the World Cup, Serbia have been in strong scoring form and are playing with confidence.
In Luka Jovic they boast one of Europe’s most in-form strikers and the on-loan Eintracht Frankfurt forward showed his pedigree once more on Wednesday to open the scoring against Germany.
Portugal, meanwhile, have built a reputation for being strong defensively, yet they have only kept six clean sheets in their last 17 matches.