UEFA Euro 2020

Portugal predicted lineup vs Germany - Euro 2020

Harry Symeou
Will Fernando Santos stick with the side that beat Hungary earlier this week?
Will Fernando Santos stick with the side that beat Hungary earlier this week? / Bernadett Szabo - Pool/Getty Images
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Portugal got their Euro 2020 campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-0 victory over Hungary in Budapest, but you'd be hard pressed to find many who wouldn't agree that the scoreline flattered Fernando Santos' side.

Pitted in the 'group of death' alongside Germany and France, it was imperative that Portugal overcame an enthusiastic and stubborn Hungarian side - and even though they did so in the end, it was not an easy 90 minutes in front of a partizan crowd at the Puskas Arena.

With six minutes off the game left, Portugal hadn't yet made the breakthrough. But Raphael Guerreiro's goal set the stage for Cristiano Ronaldo to become the leading scorer in European Championship history, and there will now be confidence heading into a crunch game against Germany.

They lost out to France 1-0 in their opening game of the group stage, meaning Joachim Low's side should be bang up for blowing Group F wide open. Here, 90min predicts the Portugal side tasked with taking them down.


Portugal predicted lineup vs Germany - Euro 2020

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Raphael Guerreiro, Renato Sanches
Raphael Guerreiro scored Portugal's opener versus Hungary / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Rui Patricio (GK) - The experienced stopper is approaching 100 caps for his country, and is usually a reliable performer in big games.

Nelson Semedo (RB) - His ability to get forward often sees him push high up the pitch and overlap down the right. Good crossing ability is mixed in with the occasional lapse in defensive concentration.

Pepe (CB) - Always comfortable with the ball at his feet and proved against Hungary that he's still up to it physically.

Ruben Dias (CB) - Portugal's best defender showed the composure and understanding of the game against Hungary that saw him named the Football Writer's Association player of the year.

Raphael Guerreiro (LB) - Scored the all-important opener against Hungary on Tuesday, and is now a shoo-in starter with Joao Cancelo ruled out of the tournament after a positive COVID test.


2. Midfielders

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Danilo marshalled the Portugal midfield brilliantly during their opener / ATTILA KISBENEDEK/Getty Images

Danilo (CM) - The Paris Saint-Germain midfielder provides an excellent screen to Portugal's defence and sweeps up danger frequently. You get the feeling he may be busy.

William Carvalho (CM) - Should probably offer more when in possession but the double pivot of Carvalho and Danilo allows their more talented creative players can flourish.

Bernardo Silva (RW) - Didn't have the best season domestically and was substituted against Hungary. That said, he possesses enough quality to be a difference-maker on any given day.

Bruno Fernandes (AM) - Probably Portugal's best player after Cristiano Ronaldo. A dead-ball specialist that has the vision to unlock even the most stubborn of defences.

Diogo Jota (LW)
- Wasted a number of good opportunities in the opener but we've seen enough at club level to suggest he was just having an off day.

3. Forward

Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo became the competition's all time leading scorer on Tuesday / Alex Pantling/Getty Images

Cristiano Ronaldo (ST) - The tournament's all-time leading goalscorer is undroppable and relishes the big occasion. This game is right up his alley.

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