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Belgium vs Portugal

Competition – International Friendly

Stadium – King Baudouin Stadium

Date: 2nd June 2018

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

Roberto Martinez takes his very talented Belgian squad to this year’s FIFA World Cup as one of the favourites yet again, and many fans feel this is the last chance that this generation has to finally lift a trophy for their nation.

Portugal defended all the way to victory at Euro 2016, however, that same group of defenders have aged yet many of them have been selected for this competition again.

Portugal’s ageing defence may be their undoing at the World Cup, and they showed in their 2-2 draw against Tunisia that it could be difficult for them to defend against better sides.

The Belgians go to this World Cup with some of the best attacking talents in Europe at the moment, and they will be looking to test their readiness against Portugal who will be without Christiano Ronaldo.

The Belgians have scored in 19 of their last 20 friendly games, and they scored 43 goals in World Cup qualification.

They have been boosted further by the return to fitness of Romelu Lukaku who has scored in all of his last six games for the Red Devils. He also netted 11 times in qualification.

Portugal beat Belgium 2-1 the last time these two teams met, just before Euro 2016.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Belgium

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Belgium 4-0 Saudi Arabia 27 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Belgium 1-0 Japan 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
D Belgium 3-3 Mexico 10 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W Belgium 4-0 Cyprus 10 Oct, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 Belgium 7 Oct, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

Portugal

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
L Portugal 0-3 Netherlands 26 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
W Portugal 2-1 Egypt 23 Mar, 2018 International Friendly
D Portugal 1-1 United States 14 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W Portugal 3-0 Saudi Arabia 10 Nov, 2017 International Friendly
W Portugal 2-0 Switzerland 10 Oct, 2017 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Portugal 2-1 Belgium 29 Mar, 2016 International Friendly
Belgium 1-2 Portugal 2 Jun, 2007 UEFA European Championship Qualifying
Portugal 4-0 Belgium 24 Mar, 2007 UEFA European Championship Qualifying

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