Holland sit bottom of the group having lost their first 2 games with Germany and Denmark, and they will need to beat Portugal by 2 clear goals and hope that arch-rivals Germany can do them a favour by beating Denmark. So Holland’s fate is no longer in their own hands coming into this huge match.
Meanwhile Portugal haven’t quite looked at their best in this tournament but the last match is sure to have revitalised the players and the nation, where Portugal dramatically beat Denmark by 3 goals to 2 to keep their dreams alive. Portugal simply need to do better than Denmark, who are likely to struggle to pick up any points versus Germany.
This is squaring up to be a great match – Holland need 2 goals, Portugal need to better whatever the Danes get against Germany, so its shaping up to be a game with plenty of goals – and there definitely is the attacking talent on show to provide this, combined with some kamikaze defending. Cristiano Ronaldo has yet to score in the competition, so he’ll feel that his time is now to provide his nation with the progression to the Quarter Finals of the competition.