Portugal and Ukraine meet at Estádio do Sport Lisboa and Benfica (da Luz), in a match for this phase of the Qualification Round for the European Championship (Qualifying Round). There is no record of direct confrontations between these two teams in the last 3 years. The last match was played on 09-11-1996 and ended with the score: Portugal (1-0) Ukraine. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Portugal presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory games prior to this group stage. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 7 draws and 1 loss at their stadium. In their last match, for the UEFA Nations League, they got a home tie against Poland at home (1-1). In the last 10 home matches Portugal has 4 wins, 5 draws and 1 loss. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he got the comeback in 2 of the 5 games in which he suffered the first goal. In the last 19 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 13 of their 37 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The selection of Portugal is the favorite to reach the first place of the group, so in the field of play will have to show good football, to get great results and confirm their favoritism. In this first round it will be essential to have control of the game, looking to have possession of the ball and create their attacking moves fairly quickly. In the last match, Portugal tied with Poland by the score of 1×1.The coach must present in the field a very competitive starting eleven.
The visiting team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory before this group stage. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive levels in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches they register 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 20 goals scored and 18 conceded; against 10 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 8 conceded. The team comes to this match after a draw away with Turkey by (0-0). In the last 10 away matches Ukraine has won 4, tied 4 and lost 2. Their offense has scored frequently, since they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 6 times, but have won the first leg in 2. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period highlighted: they have scored 5 of their 14 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘ ).
Ukraine is aware of the difficulties it will have in this first round, but wants to surprise its adversary. Playing as a visitor, it will be essential to have redoubled attention, knowing how to make a strong mark and not giving spaces for the owners of the house to dominate the game. In the last match Ukraine tied with Turkey for the score of 0x0. The technician must present in the field what is best available.