Portugal will seek to overcome a tough task and secure victory over host nation Russia in their second Group A fixture at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his teammates nearly had a perfect start to the competition but for a last-gasp strike by Hector Moreno which ensured a 2:2 draw between the European champions and Mexico in their opening game.
STREAMING OPTIONS: WHERE TO WATCH LATVIA VS PORTUGAL
Watch Cristiano Ronaldo live in action on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The official live listings of selected countries below for the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup game are courtesy of LiveSoccerTV.com. Listed by country, alphabetically:
- Ghana at 3:00 PM UTC on Kwesé Free Sports, SuperSport Select 2, Startimes World Football, SuperSport Select 2 Go, SuperSport 3 Africa, Kwesé Sports 1
- India at 8:30 PM IST on Sony Six HD, Sony Six SD, Sony LIV
- Nigeria at 4:00 PM WAT on Kwesé Free Sports, SuperSport Select 2, Startimes World Football, SuperSport Select 2 Go, Kwesé Sports 1, SuperSport 3 Nigeria, SuperSport Africa
- Portugal at 4:00 PM WET on RTP 1
- Spain at 5:00 PM CEST on Gol, Movistar+
- UK at 4:00 PM BST on ITV 4 UK
- United States at 11:00 AM EDT on Fox Sports GO, FOX Soccer Match Pass, Fox Sports 1 USA, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, SiriusXM FC, fuboTV, Telemundo
The skipper of the Seleccao, Cristiano Ronaldo, despite the setback against the CONCACAF champions, expressed his belief and confidence in his teammates to step up their upcoming game against Russia.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner may not have scored on the day but it was his pass which was turned home by Ricardo Quaresma for his team’s first goal against El Tri. His superb overall performance, eventually, merited him the Budweiser Man of The Match award.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s brilliant assist and Quaresma’s amazing finish! ?? pic.twitter.com/PwQh5PmqP1
— 33 ? OMAR ? 12 (@Omar__cr7_) June 18, 2017
The 32-year-old striker has been in sensational form in these latter days and, at the moment, he doesn’t look like slowing down. Wednesday’s opponent themselves do not have very fond memories of Cristiano. The former Manchester United man dropped one of his best-ever performance in a game that took place over a decade ago and had its outcome becoming Russia’s worst-ever defeat in football.
The encounter was a World Cup qualifier in 2004 and the superstar in question bagged a brace of goals and assists in his country’s 7:1 demolishing of the 2018 World Cup hosts. Since that game, Portugal has won just one of the last three matches with Russia; recording two defeat and a draw.
Interestingly, all the defeats suffered by the Euro 2016 winners were in Moscow, which is exactly where the Wednesday’s encounter will be at. Nevertheless, despite history being in favor of the Russians, Portugal has attacking talents in excess to support Ronaldo to do real damage if the chance presents itself. As such, the hosts must really up their game if they’re aiming for a favorable result.
— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) June 19, 2017