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Portugal vs Luxembourg World Cup LIVE Football Score 12 Oct 2021

Portugal vs Luxembourg World Cup LIVE Football Score 12 Oct 2021

Match Info

Start date: 12 Oct 2021 23:45
Location: Faro Venue: Estadio Algarve
Referee: Benoît Bastien, France
Avg. cards:

0.3

4.03

About the match

Fernando Santos’s side eased to a 3-0 friendly win over Qatar at the weekend, while their upcoming opponents suffered a 1-0 defeat to group leaders Serbia. One month after easing past World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar 3-1 in a friendly battle, Portugal once again chalked up a trio of goals when the Middle Eastern nation paid a visit to the Estadio Algarve with a straightforward 3-0 success.

While their rivals were busy staking their claims for spots at next year’s tournament, Portugal saw Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Fonte and Andre Silva find the back of the net against Qatar during an ideal warm-up for their return to World Cup Qualifying action.

With 13 points taken from a possible 15 so far, Portugal occupy second spot in Group A – one point behind Serbia, who have played a game more – so Santos’s side can ill-afford any more slip-ups before they round off their qualification campaign against the group leaders next month.

September’s victories over Qatar, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Ireland mean that the Euro 2016 winners enter Tuesday’s game on the back of four successive victories across all competitions, and they have not suffered defeat in World Cup Qualifying since going down 2-0 to Switzerland in September 2016. Since then, Portugal have gleaned 13 victories from 14 during their bids to make the Finals tournament, and their winning streak at home during this phase now stands at nine matches before Luxembourg seek to pull off an improbable win.

Luxembourg were the latest team to be on the end of a Dusan Vlahovic winner, with the in-demand Fiorentina forward winning the day for Serbia with a 68th-minute strike to condemn Luc Holtz’s side to a 1-0 defeat in Saturday’s Qualifying battle.

While that scoreline was an improvement on the 4-1 thrashing that Serbia inflicted on them just over a month ago, Luxembourg’s fleeting hopes of a spot in the second round are hanging by the thinnest of threads and will be dashed with a less-than-favourable result this week.Holtz’s side currently occupy third place in the five-team group with six points taken so far, meaning that there is the slimmest chance of them usurping Portugal to second place, but their World Cup dreams are expected to end for another year this week.

Luxembourg have got the better of the two eliminated sides in Azerbaijan and Ireland in Group A, but competing with the big boys in Serbia and Portugal has proven to be a step too far for the side who have won a total of five games away from home since 2009.

This week’s visitors did open the scoring against Portugal during their first encounter of the group but ultimately lost 3-1, and that result marked their 11th defeat in succession against their Iberian counterparts, who have not lost this fixture in 60 years.

 

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