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Time has come for Cristiano Ronaldo [L] to shine in his national colours once moreReuters

Portugal will seal their qualification in the European Championships to be held in France next year if they earn full three points or at least prevent a defeat against Denmark in their penultimate game from Group I of the Euro 2016 Qualifiers tonight.

The action shifts to Estádio Municipal in Braga, where it is expected that the home side, who have notched five wins from six games in the tournament so far, can get the job done today. Their opponents, meanwhile, will be playing their last game of the qualifiers.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are currently on 15 points, and have two games to go in the five-team Group I, while Denmark have 12 points from their seven games.

In their last meeting exactly a year ago, Ronaldo had scored at the death to eke out a 1-0 win for Portugal in Copenhagen. And a repeat of the same is what the Portugal coach Fernando Santos is looking ahead to in the game tonight.

"I hope that Cristiano Ronaldo get us the points. It's what he does well, [moving] from the left, from the right or from the middle, "Santos told Mundo Deportivo.

"We are still in the tournament. We have to play with desire to win the game. If we do not, we run a serious risk of not sealing the qualification," the Portuguese coach added.

For Denmark, it is now a battle with Albania to win the second place, if they fail to get a win against the home side today. Denmark coach Morten Olsen knows that his side may be facing the prospect of a two-legged playoff with Albania, and that is something that can be worrying. 

"Much depends on the [other Group I] match between Serbia and Albania [today]," Olsen said. "We must continue to do what we believe in - to go forward and invest or to hold back. It's tough to get a draw, but even if we manage that, it will be a good result."

The presence of ex-Liverpool defender Daniel Agger holds the key for the away side today. Denmark have conceded just four times from their seven games in the tournament, and the performance of Agger has been instrumental so far.

"It's about being adaptable, and so are we. As players, we must be prepared for the sort, as many of us have not tried anything like this before," Denmark skipper Agger said.

Ex-Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner will also be expected to continue his good form in the attacking role for Denmark.

Expected line-ups:

Portugal: Patricio; Vieirinha, Pepe, Carvalho, Eliseu; Pereira, Veloso, Silva, Danny; Nani, Ronaldo.

Denmark: Schmeichel; Kjaer, Agger, Durmisi, Jacobsen; Krohn-Dehli, J Poulsen, Eriksen; Bendtner, Jorgensen, Y Poulsen.

Where to Watch live:

The 2016 Euro Qualifier between Portugal and Denmark will be kicking-off at 12:15 am IST (7:45 pm BST and 2:45pm ET).

Viewers in India can catch the game LIVE on SONY SIX HD, and STREAM the game live on Livsports.

Viewers in the UK and Ireland can tune into ITV 4 as well as Sky Sports 1 - Red Button, and STREAM the game on Sky Go. 

Viewers in the US can switch to ESPN3 and stream the game on Watch ESPN.

Radio commentary will be available on RTP 1 for the audience in Portugal.

Viewers in Denmark can catch their team in action on Kanal 5 Denmark.

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