Portugal vs. Luxembourg: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistOctober 15, 2013

LUXEMBOURG - OCTOBER 11:  Aleksandr Kerzhakov of Russia battles for the ball with Chris Philipps of Luxembourg during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group F match between Luxembourg and Russia at the Josy Barthel Stadium on October 11, 2013 in Luxembourg, Luxembourg.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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A disappointing draw in the previous match has put Portugal in desperate position in World Cup qualifying, but you can be certain this group will fight until the end. This could end up being bad for Luxembourg in the upcoming battle.

After Friday's 1-1 result against Israel, Portugal stand three points away from Russia for the Group F title. Considering there is only one match remaining and they trail by seven in goal differential, winning the group seems incredibly unlikely.

However, the squad is assured a second-place spot and a place in the final playoff, so it would like to have some momentum going forward.

On the other side, Luxembourg will be trying simply to avoid last place, which has been a competitive battle including Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan. Still, the squad does have three draws and a win in nine matches, which makes it quite dangerous.

Both sides will be fighting hard for a victory in this match, so make sure not to miss a second of the action.

 

When: Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. BST

Where: Estadio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Watch: ESPN Deportes

Live Stream: ESPN3

Odds (via Paddy Power): Portugal (1-50), Luxembourg (40-1), Draw (16-1)

 

Top Storyline: Can Portugal Win Without Cristiano Ronaldo?

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 10:  Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal in action during the international friendly match between Portugal and Croatia on June 10, 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.  (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)
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At the end of Portugal's match against Israel, Cristiano Ronaldo picked up a late yellow card that caused him to be suspended for the upcoming battle against Luxembourg.

Some even debated whether this was on purpose to go into the playoffs with a clean slate, including analysts at ESPN:

Regardless of why he is not playing, the point is that he will not be there for the upcoming match. This could cause the home team to struggle without one of the best players in the world.

As a result, guys like Hugo Almeida, Helder Postiga and Nani must step up on the attack to make up for Ronaldo's absence. If they cannot handle the pressure, Portugal could be in serious trouble.

 

Prediction: Portugal 3, Luxembourg 0

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Nani #17 of Portugal celebrates with teammates following a goal by teammate Raul Meireles #16 in the first half against Brazil during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massac
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Even without Ronaldo on the pitch, Portugal should have more than enough to handle the overmatched opponent. There are experienced offensive players who have the ability to create opportunities for themselves, even with increased attention.

However, the question will be whether the defense can hold strong. The late goal allowed against Israel was not a fluke but rather another example of poor mistakes by the back line. 

Portugal will try to get their first clean sheet in five matches while ending this round of qualifying on a high note against Luxembourg.

 

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