Portugal 0 Nigeria 0 LIVE:Fernandes' effort trickles wide as hosts pile pressure on Super Eagles - latest updates

by 24britishtvNov. 17, 2022, 7 p.m. 14
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Welcome to Portugal vs Nigeria

Portugal wrap up their preparations for the upcoming FIFA World Cup with a friendly matchup against African heavyweights Nigeria at the Estadio Jose Alvalade this evening.

Despite this being a warm-up match for Qatar 2022, Portugal are expected to name a strong XI with Danilo Pereira and Antonio Silva potentially pairing at the heart of defence.

Cristiano Ronaldo will play no part in tonight’s game due to gastroenteritis.

Santos has plenty of options in the centre of the park, with the likes of Joao Palhinha, William Carvalho, Ruben Neves, Matheus Nunes and Bruno Fernandes pushing for starting roles.

In attack, Goncalo Ramos, who has nine goals this season in 11 Primeira Liga matches this season, should lead the attack alongside Otavio and Rafael Leao.

As for Nigeria, in-form striker Victor Osimhen, who has netted nine goals in Serie A this season, has withdrawn from the squad after picking up an injury in action for Napoli on the weekend.

Orlando Pirates defender Olisah Ndah has also pulled out of the squad due to injury.

In the absence of both players, Chidozie Awaziem and Cyriel Dessers have been recalled to the Super Eagles squad.

Premier League trio Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi and Emmanuel Dennis are all in the squad for this evening.

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