Portugal - Panama Preview: Seleccao aim to continue Euro 2012 momentum in Faro friendly
The European semi-finalists begin preparations to qualify for the 2014 World Cup with an exhibition fixture against Julio Dely Valdes' side at the Estadio Algarve
By Karthick Arvinth
Pereira, Coelho, Costa, Coentrao
Moutinho, Veloso, Meireles
Nani, Postiga, Ronaldo
Torres, Baloy, L Henriquez
A Henriquez, Cedeno, Barahona, Perez
Tejada, Aguilar, Quintero
Defenders Pepe and Bruno Alves have withdrawn from the Portugal squad for Wednesday's friendly against Panama in Faro because of injury.
Coach Paulo Bento has called up Sporting Braga's Nuno Coelho and Porto's Sereno into the squad as cover.
Midfielder Custodio has also pulled out with a thigh problem and has been replaced by Deportivo La Coruna's Andre Santos.
Panama are expected to name a strong side as they ramp up preparations for key World Cup qualifiers against Canada next month.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Portugal have won just three of their last eight matches (W3, D3, L2).
- The Seleccao have been drawn in Group F for the 2014 World Cup qualification campaign, along with Russia, Azerbaijan, Israel, Northern Ireland and Luxembourg.
- Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured right) has scored three times in his last three outings for Portugal.
- Panama have won nine of their last 11 internationals, including their last four.
- The Central American nation top their World Cup qualifying third round group, having won both their opening matches against Honduras and Cuba respectively.
- Panama have never featured in a World Cup finals tournament. Their best ever result was reaching the fourth round of the 2006 World Cup Concacaf qualifications.
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Top 3 Predictions
Portugal 4-0 Panama
- 16.39 %
Portugal 3-0 Panama
- 11.2 %
Portugal 8-0 Panama
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|International Friendlies (FR)||Aug 16, 2012||Portugal 2 - Panama 0|
|Nov 20, 2013||Sweden 2 - Portugal 3||WCQE|
|Nov 16, 2013||Portugal 1 - Sweden 0||WCQE|
|Oct 16, 2013||Portugal 3 - Luxembourg 0||WCQE|
|Oct 12, 2013||Portugal 1 - Israel 1||WCQE|
|Sep 11, 2013||Brazil 3 - Portugal 1||FR|
|13||Jean Carlos Cedeño||Midfielder|
|17||Luis Alfonso Henriquez||Defender|
|-||J. De Gracia||Midfielder|
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