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Interestingly, Cristiano Roanldo and Lionel Messi have both honoured Portugal and Argentina call-up since they last wore the colours of their respective countries at the last World Cup. World Cup and UEFA Nations League semi finalists will be filing out against the Eastern Europeans in Gareth Southgate's first match with the Three Lions in 2019. Bernardo Silva, Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho, Rueben Neves, and Diogo Jota of Manchester City and Wolves have been invited for their first Euro 2020 qualification game against Ukraine. The 2015 and 2016 Copa America champions who failed to qualify for last summer's World Cup will be without Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez. The revolutionary Netherlands side who failed to reach last summer's World Cup have been on the rise following their UEFA Nations League exploits. The Orange knocked out Germany and France to become favourites for the Nations League title but the Germans will be seeking revenge as it promises to be an exciting game.
France's elimination from the UEFA Nations League has kept the world champions on their toes as his side come up against Iceland. After coming third at the just concluded World Cup, the Red Devils have been inconsistent and were knocked out of the UEFA Nations League in the group phase. With one eye on the Nations League finals in their own country later this year, Portugal will look to warm up in style as they kick off the road to their defence of their European Championship crown with the visit of Ukraine. Fernando Santos's side welcome Andriy Shevchenko and his team to the Estadio da Luz for their first game in Group B as they look to being qualification for next year's continental tournament on the best possible foot. Cristiano Ronaldo will once again be expected to transplant his excellent club form onto the international stage to help fire his nation forward as they look to defend the biggest piece of silverware earned in their history.
Their visitors however will be determined to acquit themselves, particularly after missing out on reaching the World Cup in Russia last year, with their own sturdy Nations League record likely to ensure that they at least give their hosts a run for their money. Game Portugal vs Ukraine Date Friday, March 22 Time 7:45pm GMT / 3:45pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. Position Portugal squad Goalkeepers Rui Patricio, Beto, Sa Defenders Pepe, Fonte, Cancelo, Rui, Semedo, Dias, Guerreiro Midfielders Moutinho, Carvalho, Mario, Pereira, Pizzi, Neves Forwards Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, Guedes, Rafa Silva, Sousa, Jota, Felix The Juventus forward will lead out a strong-looking team named by coach Fernando Santos with the likes of Pepe, Joao Moutinho, Bernardo Silva and Ruben Neves all in the starting XI. Portugal starting XI: Rui Patricio, Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro, Neves, Carvalho, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo, Andre Silva. Position Ukraine squad Goalkeepers Pyatov, Boyko, Lunin Defenders Butko, Karavayev, Matviyenko, Sobol, Kryvtsov, Burda, Mykolenko, Shabanov Midfielders Stepanenko, Konoplyanka, Sydorchuk, Zinchenko, Bezus, Kovalenko, Malinovskyi, Tsyhankov, Marlos, Buyalskyi, Shaparenko, Bolbat, Shepelyev Forwards Kravets, Yaremchuk, Junior Moraes After missing out on a place at Russia last year, Andriy Shevchenko has inspired his side back to success with a similar mixture of old hands and new faces. Ukraine starting XI: Pyatov, Kryvtsov, Stepanenko, Malinovskyi, Konoplyanka, Marlos, Mykolenko, Zinchenko, Yaremchuk, Karavaev, Matviyenk. With a Nations League finals appearance secured on home turf for June, Portugal will look to warm up for their crack at silverware by preparing to defend their other title when they play their first game of 2019 on Friday. Drawn in Group B where they are both the nominal top seed and favourites, they will still be wary of their visitors as they host their key qualification rivals Ukraine straight out of the gate. Andriy Shevchenko's side are the other likely favourite to secure progression from a quintet that also includes Serbia, Lithuania and Luxembourg, particularly after a promising Nations League campaign of their own. While Portugal might have secured a spot at the finals alongside Netherlands, England and Switzerland, Ukraine hauled themselves into tier A after they upset presumptive favourites Czech Republic. With prospective international retirement yet to rise like a spectre on the horizon, Cristiano Ronaldo will likely captain Portugal through their qualification campaign and to the Nations League too. The 22-year-old is one of four players from the Premier League club, more than any other team represented in the squad. Shevchenko meanwhile includes only one player without international experience, Junior Moraes, who could be in line to make his first appearance for his adopted nation at the age of 31. Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming: Watch the Euro 2020 qualifier match online, preview & prediction Rafa 62' 23 André Silva 11 Bernardo Silva 2 João Cancelo 3 Pepe 5 Raphaël Guerreiro 18 Rúben Dias João Moutinho 1 Rui Patrício 14 William Carvalho 12 Andriy Pyatov 11 Marlos 22 Mykola Matviyenko 21 Oleksandr Karavayev 17 Oleksandr Zinchenko 18 Roman Yaremchuk 8 Ruslan Malinovskyi 4 Serhiy Kryvtsov 6 Taras Stepanenko 16 Vitali Mykolenko 10 Yevhen Konoplyanka 22 Beto 13 Danilo Pereira 10 João Mário 6 José Fonte José Sá 20 Pizzi 15 Rafa 23 Andriy Lunin 2 Bohdan Butko 1 Denys Boyko 7 Mykola Shaparenko 5 Mykyta Burda 16 Serhiy Sydorchuk 14 Vitaliy Buyalskyi 15 Viktor Tsyhankov Roman Bezus Watch Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming: Match details Match: Portugal vs Ukraine Watch Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming on ESPN+ The only place to watch this Euro 2020 qualifier in America is ESPN+. Watch Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming online via ESPN+. Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming is only being shown in the United States on ESPN+. ESPN+ is the new streaming service from the world famous ESPN, and they also show FA Cup matches, the Carabao Cup, Serie A and the Eredivisie in America. Watch Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming outside America Here are the step by step instructions to watch Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming from anywhere in the world. ExpressVPN offers all new users a free 30-day trial. Portugal vs Ukraine live streaming: TV listings Once again, watch this Euro 2020 qualifier match live streaming online via ESPN+. Portugal vs Ukraine Euro 2020 qualifier match preview They topped their UEFA Nations League group, above Czech Republic and Slovakia, to win promotion to League A. With Serbia also in this group, it's likely to be Ukraine and Serbia battling for second spot behind Portugal. 101 Great Goals predicts: Portugal 3 – Ukraine 2 Portugal official video on Instagram pre Euro 2020 match vs Ukraine Betting Preview: Portugal vs Ukraine: Stake on Ronaldo-less Selecao to triumph They might be without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo but they'll be confident of starting out their qualifying campaign on a positive note and are quoted at odds of (1.44) with Bet365 for a home win. Portugal start their UEFA Euro 2020 qualification campaign against Ukraine as the reigning champions hope to be the early pace setters in Group B. Their resolve was tested during the UEFA Nations League, and Portugal did not disappoint. give Portugal the perfect start in their qualifying group? Pitted against Slovakia and Czech Republic in their UEFA Nations League group, the Ukrainians did well to earn promotion to League A. Andriy Shevchenko and his team will, however, realise that the challenges ahead in the Euro qualifiers will be their next major hurdle, starting with Portugal. Ukraine will be hopeful of a top two finish in this group, considering their form in the last year as well as the opponents in their group apart from Portugal. One more familiar face who will start is Bernando Silva, who is expected to play on the right side of attack for Portugal despite excelling in a central midfield role for his club Manchester City. Additionally, there could be a place from the start for Mario Rui who played most Nations League games at left-back, meaning regular incumbent Raphael Guerreiro could move into a more advanced position. He will thus, also become the third Brazilian-born player to be part of the Ukraine national side. Shevchenko is set to name an experienced and familiar squad for the Portugal game. There could be some changes to personnel in the side; Vitaliy Mykolenko will push for a start at left-back and replace Mykola Matvylenko, who started every game for Ukraine during the Nations League. Portugal and Ukraine last played each other during the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification period. Portugal won their group in the UEFA Nations League – League A Group 1, securing two victories and two draws. Ukraine won their group in the UEFA Nations League – League B Group 2, recording three victories and one loss. Having won their respective groups, both sides may qualify for Euro 2020 via the UEFA Nations League playoffs. Andriy Shevchenko's side have the right players at the moment, and their UEFA Nations League campaign showed just that. In the Euro Qualifiers, however, they face Portugal, who are one, the favourites to top their group, and secondly, have more than enough quality in them to hurt Ukraine. Ukraine do have players who could hurt the Portuguese defence, but at home, Portugal will be looking to take all three points to set a positive tone to their qualifying campaign.