Portugal vs Turkey LIVE Stream: How To Watch 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Fernando Santos’s men are forced to take the playoff route after finishing second in Group A in the World Cup qualifiers. Meanwhile, the tourists finished as runner-up in Group G, behind the Netherlands.

Both Portugal and Turkey played their last game in November 2021 during the group stage of the FIFA WC qualifiers. While Portugal were beaten 1-2 at the hands of Serbia, Turkey defeated Montenegro by the same margin.

While Dias has picked an injury, Cancelo has been sidelined through suspension while Pepe has contracted coronavirus. Ruben Neves will also warm the bench due to injury and has been replaced by Vitinha in Portugal’s squad. Anthony Lopes is also injured and in his absence, Jose Sa has been called as cover. Renato Sanches is another absentee through suspension.

The path of death might sound like something you’d find in one of the lesser entries of the Indiana Jones franchise but for Portugal and Turkey that is what they find themselves on as they bid to reach the World Cup. The winner of this tie will host Italy or North Macedonia in an elimination match for a spot in Qatar but both sides will know that this match alone represents quite the test.

Portugal have not missed a World Cup this century and have the greatest scorer in men’s international football, Cristiano Ronaldo, in their side. Turkey’s recent pedigree is not quite as impressive but it is not for nothing this side was widely dubbed the dark horses for Euro 2020, a label they emphatically failed to live up to. Here is how you can watch the match and what you need to know:

The 38 year old Jose Fonte seems a likely starter, paired with a debutant in either Djalo or Sporting’s Goncalo Inicio. Further forward an attack with the likes of Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Diogo Jota and Bruno Fernandes looks intimidating but if they cannot keep the ball from the other half of the pitch it could be a long day for Portugal.

“When you start the match, you have to play like a child,” said Kuntz. “You want to go out on the field and play football … It’s important to be able to do what’s in your mind and heart against an opponent like Portugal. You should have fun playing.”

With 17 points and a GD of 11 going into the playoffs, Portugal has set the best group record as compared to any other UEFA nation. However, the side couldn’t finish at the top as Serbia lead the tally with 20 points. Interestingly, what costed Fernando Santos’ men the top spot was the defeat against Serbia itself. It was the also the first time since 2008 that Portugal lost to Serbia at Estadio da Luz in a World Cup Qualifier.

Stefan Kuntz’s men did gain a late surge in the Group G points table but couldn’t displace Netherlands from the top. Turkey managed to win their last three games and take the maximum points from those fixtures but still ended at the second spot.

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