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Portugal play Switzerland in a last-16 World Cup match on Tuesday.

When: Tuesday, 6 December, Kick-off at 21:00

Where: Lusail Stadium, Lusail

Capacity: 88 966

Odds:

Portugal win: 17/20

Switzerland win: 7/2

Draw: 12/5

Key Stats :

* Portugal won their first two World Cup group games, defeating Ghana 3-2 and Uruguay 2-0, but lost 2-1 to South Korea as coach Fernando Santos made six changes to his already-qualified team.

* Switzerland beat Cameroon 1-0 and Serbia 3-2 but in between lost 1-0 to Brazil.

* Portugal, winners of Euro 2016, have had little impact on World Cups, going out in the first knockout round in 2018 and 2010, and even failing to get out of the group stage in 2014 and 2002. In 2006, Portugal got as far as the semi-final.

* Switzerland reached the knock-out stage in three of the last four World Cups but have not got to the quarter-final since 1954.

* Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo needs one more goal to equal the Portuguese record for most World Cup goals held by Eusebio who racked up nine in 1966 in England, the only World Cup tournament he played in.

* Xherdan Shaqiri’s goal against Serbia in the group stage meant he has found the net in more World Cup tournaments than any other Swiss player, having also scored in 2014 and 2018.

* Shaqiri is one goal away from matching the most World Cup goals scored by a Switzerland player – six, by Sepp Huegi, all of them in 1954.

Previous meetings:

In 25 occasions before Tuesday’s match, Switzerland won 11 times, Portugal nine and five matches ended in draws. In the Nations League in June, Portugal won 4-1 in Lisbon while Switzerland won 1-0 in Geneva.

 

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