BELGIUM and Portugal’s duel is one of the most highly-anticipated clashes of the Euros knockouts stages.
Tonight’s match will see Roberto Martinez’s side take on the 2016 European champions with both teams boasting two of the world’s most talented forwards.
Cristiano Ronaldo and his Portugal team-mates hope to retain their Euros crownCredit: Getty
Romelu Lukaku is targeting a Euros quarter-finals spot with BelgiumCredit: Getty
Inter Milan’s Lukaku, who has netted three goals in three games so far in the Euros, has been at the heart of some Belgium’s best attacking displays.
Meanwhile Juventus star Ronaldo, 36, became the contest’s all-time top scorer with 11 goals breaking Michel Platini’s record of nine.
And the game can be watched on ITV1 with a preview broadcast at 7:15pm.
What’s the form?
This last-16 encounter between the nations will be their nineteenth clash on the international stage
And Portugal have won on six occasions with Belgium beating them in five.
Martinez’s men finished top of Group B after beating Finland, Denmark and Russia.
And the team currently ranked the world’s best by Fifa have conceded one goal so far in the contest.
Portugal drew 2-2 with France in their final group game before their clash with BelgiumCredit: Rex
Belgium will be pushing for a better outcome in this year’s European Championship than their showing in the 2016.contest
Back then the team fell to a shock 3-1 defeat to Wales at the Allianz Arena after taking a 13th-minute lead.
Belgium have been on a 27-game unbeaten run with their last defeat coming against France in the World Cup semis in July 2018.
And their last clash with Fernando Santos’ Portugal was an international friendly in June 2018 which ended in a 0-0 draw.
Belgium is certainly a difficult opponent, number one in the world. We already know them but we will analyse them to see what has changed. I am sure we will be at our best in Seville. We’re a tough team to beat.
Fernando Santos – Portugal Football Manager
Meanwhile, Portugal, who finished third in their group, are looking to beat Belgium for the first time since March 2016.
Santos’ aces, who are ranked the fifth best in the world, are dreaming of winning a second successive Euros crown following their 2016 triumph.
And the team will be boosted by the electric form of skipper Ronaldo and the performances of Renato Sanches and Prem stars Diogo Jota and Bernardo Silva who have all impressed.
Who’s in and who’s out
Renato Sanches, 23, could be set to keep his place in Portugal’s starting line-up following his standout performance during their 2-2 draw with France.
The Lille star, who started in place of Bruno Fernandes, gave Didier Deschamps aces a run for the money in midfield.
Renato Sanches has been wowing fans and pundits with his displays for PortugalCredit: The Mega Agency
Thomas Vermaelen could be set to start for Belgium when they take on Portugal at Sevilla’s home groundCredit: AFP
Watch out for…….
The Portugal and Juventus superstar shows little sign of slowing down at the age of 36.
The veteran winger is currently level with Iran football icon Ali Daei who has netted 109 times for his country.
Should Ronaldo score this evening he will become the highest-scoring international player in the men’s game.
Ronaldo hopes to break the record for the highest number of international goals scored by a player in men’s footballCredit: Getty
If the game is rubbish….
Ines Degener Tomaz will most likely be cheering on her partner Bernardo Silva and his Portugal team-mates.
The 23-year-old, who was born in Lisbon, enjoys a successful career as a model.
And Tomaz’s sister Mariana represented Portugal at the 2017 Miss Global pageant.
Ines Degener Tomaz pictured with her partner Barnardo SilvaCredit: Ines Degener Tomaz Instagram
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