Euro 2012 Group H Qualifying Preview: Portugal To Face Iceland, Denmark Will Welcome Cyprus

Iceland – Portugal

Portugal gained some much-needed momentum in their qualifying campaign as they defeated Denmark 3-1 in Porto on Friday evening, and the Seleccao are aiming to earn another three points against Iceland.

Paulo Bento took to the national team dugout for the first time at the weekend and watched on as a couple of goals from Nani and a contribution from Cristiano Ronaldo helped secure a 3-1 success over the Danes.

Icelandic football is at a tricky time too. Bottom of the table, Olafur Johannesson’s side have yet to pick up a point, having suffered defeats at the hands of Norway and Denmark. Both losses have come about in frustrating circumstances, with the Icelanders throwing away a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1 against the Norwegians and then ceding a goal in stoppage time to go down against the Danes.

Denmark – Cyprus


Denmark have been anything but convincing in their two opening Euro 2012 qualifiers, and they will certainly have plenty of issues to address in the home meeting with Cyprus.

It took a 91st minute intervention from Thomas Kahlenberg to prevent the Danish Dynamite being snuffed out 1-0 at home against Iceland, and on Friday evening Morten Olsen’s side were beaten comprehensively by Portugal. No slips can be afforded against Cyprus if they hope to qualify for the tournament.

The Cypriots have already flexed their muscles away from home in recording a remarkable 4-4 draw with Portugal. They have since lost out to Norway at home, but the Mediterranean islanders will be viewing Tuesday’s fixture as one they can take a positive result from. Should they avoid defeat, it’s possible that they will start seriously eyeing second spot.

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