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Portugal and Egypt meet at Stadion Letzigrund, in what will be the first friendly match of the year for the two teams. There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 17-08-2005 and ended with the score: Portugal (2-0) Egypt. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since Egypt presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
This will be the first friendly match of the year for the home team, which played 4 last year. In these friendlies it registered the following results: Portugal (1-1) United States, Portugal (3-0) Saudi Arabia, Portugal (4-0) Cyprus and Portugal (2-3) Sweden. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches he has 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In the last match they played, for the Friendlies, they tied with the United States at home (1-1). In the last 10 home matches Portugal has 6 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The defense has been strong and has suffered goals in 3 of the last 10 matches, and their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that usually scores many times first: opened the scoring in 12 of its last 15 games, of these 12 came to the break in advantage in 9 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 10.
Portugal’s team makes its first game in 2018, which will be their third consecutive friendly and also the fourth in a series of six consecutive games at home. The team hopes to maintain the optimal performance that has presented in the field to reach its eighth consecutive game without losing, being that in this period of invincibility won six victories. In the classification for the World Cup the Portuguese team made an excellent campaign and finished as leader of Group B, which guaranteed a place in the World Cup in Russia with the fourth best attack of the 54 teams that participated in the qualifying phase European Championship for the World Championship. The tactical scheme used more times by the technician Fernando Santos has been 4-4-2, being that the selector brings for this call to some novelties, like Rúben Dias and Rolando, besides Adrien Silva.
The visiting team played their first friendly match of the year, after having played 4 in the last year, with the following markers: Egypt (1-0) Libya, Egypt (1-0) Yemen, Egypt (3-0) Togo and Egypt (1-0) Tunisia. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 3 wins, 5 draws and 7 losses in away matches; against 12 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Ghana by (1-1). In the last 10 away matches Egypt has won 3, tied 3 and lost 4. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches.
Egypt enter the field for the first time this year, for what will also be their first match after the African qualifying phase for the World Championship, trying to maintain the good performance they have presented to reach their fourth game in a row without losing . In the qualifying phase for the World Cup the team made a good campaign and finished in the leadership of Group E, thus guaranteeing a place in the 2018 World Cup. However, before this unbeaten period the Egyptian team came to be four matches in a row without winning, when he suffered three defeats. The Egyptians are again present at the World Championship, 28 years later, and start a series of friendly preparation games. For this match, it is likely that the coach uses the tactical scheme 4-2-3-1, with highlight for striker Salah, who acts in English football.
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