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  • 29 February 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Stadion Narodowy, Warszawa
  • Referee: A. Yefet
  • • Attendance: 45000

Poland - Portugal Preview: Hosts try to inaugurate the National Stadium Warsaw with victory

Poland - Portugal Preview: Hosts try to inaugurate the National Stadium Warsaw with victory

Cristiano Ronaldo - Portugal

One of the hosts of this summer's showpiece event take on the 6th-placed team in the Fifa World Rankings at the inauguration of the country's new national stadium



Wasilewski, Perquis, Wawrzyniak, Piszczek
Matuszczyk, Polanski
Blaszczykowski, Mierzejewski, Peszko

J. Pereira, Pepe, B. Alves, Coentrao
Moutinho, Veloso, Meireles
Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo

Werder Bremen defender Sebastian Boenisch has been included in the Poland squad after more than a year out because of a serious knee injury. Lille forward Ireneusz Jelen has been recalled for the first time since February 2011.

Portugal coach Paulo Bento had two last-minute worries in the build-up to this match, as Silvestre Varela and Carlos Martins both picked up injuries at the weekend. Toulouse midfielder Paulo Machado is the only player called up as a replacement, meaning Portugal will take a 22-man squad to Warsaw.

Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira could make his international debut for the senior squad after shining for the national team's youth ranks at the Under-20 World Cup in the summer.

  • This is only the second time that Poland will compete in the European Championships - the first occasion was in 2008.
  • In Austria and Switzerland, Poland, who were then guided by Leo Beenhakker, crashed out of the tournament after the group stage, with one point from three matches.
  • Poland will take on Greece, Russia and the Czech Republic in this summer's showpiece event.
  • Portugal finished runners-up to Denmark in the qualifying stage, with 16 points from 19 matches.
  • The Seleccao qualified for the European Championships via the play-offs - defeating Bosnia & Herzegovina 6-2 on aggregate.

  • The Euro 2004 runners-up have been drawn in the 'Group of Death', with Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands.
  • This will be the ninth match in history between the two sides. Each team has claimed three victories, while two matches ended in stalemates.

Players to watch

R. Lewandowski

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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The Borussia Dortmund ace has been in a rich vein of form this season, with 21 goals in all competitions, and his double in last weekend's match confirmed that Portugal will have to keep an eye on him.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Position: Attacker

Games: 3

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The 27-year-old has so far scored a stunning 37 goals in 2011-12, and with Portugal lacking a world-class striker, all eyes will be on the Real Madrid star to guide the team's attack.

Editor's Prediction

The Seleccao should prove too hot for Poland to handle here - especially if they show the same level of form from the second-leg of the play-off round against Bosnia.

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