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Sep 4, 2021 at 5.45pm UK at Khalifa International Stadium
QatarQatar
1-3
PortugalPortugal
Hassan (61')
Hassan (10'), Al Heidos (85')
Barsham (43'), Khoukhi (87')
FT(HT: 0-2)
Silva (23'), Otavio (25'), Fernandes (88' pen.)
Otavio (65')

How Portugal could line up against Qatar

How Portugal could line up against Qatar
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Sports Mole takes an in-depth look at how Portugal could line up for Saturday's international friendly with Qatar.

Portugal boss Fernando Santos is expected to make wholesale alterations for his side's friendly battle with 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar on Saturday evening.

Santos's side head into the exhibition match on the back of a nail-biting 2-1 World Cup qualifying win over the Republic of Ireland, during which Cristiano Ronaldo's heroics saw him surpass Ali Daei as the highest men's international goalscorer of all time.

However, Ronaldo has now left the camp after his booking ruled him out of their battle with Azerbaijan next week, while Andre Silva and the uncapped Otavio are in line to replace Diogo Jota and Rafa Silva in the final third.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Francisco Trincao has been called up as a replacement for the injured Pedro Goncalves and should also earn some minutes, while Goncalo Guedes could start on the left following Ronaldo's departure.

A new-look midfield could see club teammates Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho pair up in place of Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes, while Danilo Pereira could displace Joao Palhinha in the number '6' role as Santos looks ahead to next week's qualifier with Azerbaijan.

Ruben Dias is another man who could keep his spot in the team, with Nuno Mendes, Nelson Semedo and Domingos Duarte all hopeful of featuring over Raphael Guerreiro, Joao Cancelo and Pepe.

Rui Patricio needs just two more caps to reach the 100-appearance mark for his country, but Diogo Costa - awaiting his international debut - could be handed the gloves this weekend.

Portugal possible starting lineup: Costa; Semedo, Duarte, Dias, Mendes; Pereira, Neves, Moutinho; Otavio, A. Silva, Guedes

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