Don’t miss the full replay and highlights of the Portugal vs Iceland match. The KICK-OFF is set for 19:45 (GMT) on 19th November 2023, and the referee for this thrilling game is none other than A. Papapetrou. The match takes place at the renowned Estádio José Alvalade as part of the Europe – UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group J, Season 2024. Get ready for a match that promises an electrifying display of skill and determination.
Portugal vs Iceland Full Match Reports
Portugal concluded their UEFA European Championship qualification (ECQ) with an unprecedented 100% record, securing the top spot in Group J with nine clean sheets from 10 games after a 2-0 victory over Iceland at the Estádio José Alvalade.
With the hosts already guaranteed a spot at next year’s Euros and the visitors having no chance of automatic qualification, there was minimal at stake ahead of kick-off in Lisbon. Nevertheless, Roberto Martínez aimed to cap off an exceptional qualifying campaign, witnessing Otávio’s fortuitous cross looping over Hákon Valdimarsson and clipping the woodwork early on.
The Seleção probed patiently thereafter, with João Félix’s back-post effort and a powerful Gonçalo Inácio header coming close. However, with 37 minutes played, Icelandic resistance crumbled. Bruno Fernandes, Portugal’s talisman in qualifying, found enough space to pick his spot and thunder in the opening goal, marking Portugal’s 11th shot of the half. The home side continued to dominate, pinning Iceland back as they approached halftime.
The same pattern continued after the restart as the group leaders sought their 36th goal of the qualification campaign. Portugal had amassed 20 shots before the hour mark, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva coming close to scoring. However, the breakthrough for the second goal finally arrived when substitute Ricardo Horta capitalized on a goalkeeping error, tapping into an empty net after two quickfire spills.
Åge Hareide’s side had conceded at least three goals in three of their last four ECQ away games, making Portugal’s restraint to just two goals and striking the crossbar in stoppage time via Arnór Ingvi Traustason’s deflected effort a silver lining on a dispiriting evening for Iceland. Despite losing their fourth ECQ head-to-head and finishing fourth in the group, Strákarnir okkar can now focus on next year’s play-offs, thanks to their UEFA Nations League exploits. Meanwhile, Portugal’s professional performance means they have lost only one ECQ match on home soil since the turn of the century (W18, D6), effortlessly topping Group J.
Man of the Match: Bruno Fernandes (Portugal).