Euro 2016 champions Portugal have continued their winning momentum even after the end of the prestigious tournament. The side coached by Fernando Santos recorded a thumping 5-0 win over Gibraltar just days back in an international friendly match in Porto.
Former Manchester United winger Nani, who took the captain's armband for Portugal from Cristiano Ronaldo following the Real Madrid forward's knee injury in the Euro 2016, had scored twice in the match while Joao Cancelo, Bernardo Silva and defender Pepe scored a goal each.
The high-flying Portugal side will now take on European football powerhouse Switzerland on Tuesday in a Group B 2018 World Cup qualifier at St. Jakob-Park in Basel.
If we look back at the Euro 2016, Switzerland tried hard, but failed to make a mark in the competition. One of the goals by star forward Xherdan Shaqiri also did all the talking. Switzerland reached the round of 16 of the competition and it was in that match against Poland, that Shaqiri scored a classic goal from an overhead kick.
Shaqiri will once again be in action in Basel against Portugal, but whether he will be able to produce another classic goal, remains to be seen. For now however, the Nani-led Portugal side are being tagged as the favourites going into the match. In football however, as we all know, favourites don't matter much.
"We know Switzerland are a very strong team and they're playing at home so it won't be easy," Portugal's Nani said in an interview to FIFA. "On top of that, now that we're European champions, other teams are going to be even more determined to beat us. But our objective is to try to win every game we play," he added.
According to the current FIFA rankings, Portugal are sixth in the world, whereas Switzerland are ranked 18th.
Switzerland vs Portugal is scheduled to kick off at 7:45 p.m. BST (12:15 a.m. IST [Wednesday], 2:45 p.m. EST] on Sept. 6.
Where to watch live
India: TV: Sony Six, Sony Six HD. Live streaming: Sony Liv.
UK: TV: Sky Sports 1/HD, Now TV. Live streaming: Sky Go.
USA: TV: Fox Sports 1, Fox Deportes. Live streaming: Fox Sports Go.
Switzerland: TV: RTS Sport. Live streaming: SFV Play.
Portugal: TV: RTP 1. Live streaming: RTP Play.