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LatviaLatviaSkonto Stadions - RigaFriday 9 June 2017
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Group B - Matchday 6
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Previous meetings Only this chapter

Head to Head

FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
13/11/2016QR (GS)Portugal - Latvia4-1
Faro-LouléRonaldo 28 (P), 85, William Carvalho 70, Bruno Alves 90+2; Zjuzins 67
FIFA World Cup
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
12/10/2005QR (GS)Portugal - Latvia3-0
PortoPauleta 18, 20, Hugo Viana 85
04/09/2004QR (GS)Latvia - Portugal0-2
RigaRonaldo 58, Pauleta 59
EURO '96
DateStage reachedMatchResultVenueGoalscorers
03/06/1995PR (GS)Portugal - Latvia3-2
PortoLuís Figo 5, Secretário 20, Domingos 21; Rimkus 51, 82
09/10/1994PR (GS)Latvia - Portugal1-3
LiepajaMilevskis 87; João Pinto 31, 69, Luís Figo 70
 QualifyingFinal tournamentTotal
HomeAway  
PldWDLPldWDLPldWDLPldWDLGFGA
Total
Latvia20023003----5005415
Portugal33002200----5500154

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Squad list Only this chapter

Latvia - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Andris Vaņins30/04/198037Zürich - 5000
-Pāvels Šteinbors21/09/198531Arka - 0000
-Kaspars Ikstens05/06/198829Jelgava - 0000
Defenders
-Kaspars Gorkšs06/11/198135Riga*5000
-Aleksandrs Solovjovs25/02/198829Rīga - 1000
-Gints Freimanis09/05/198532Jelgava*2000
-Vitālijs Maksimenko08/12/199026Mattersburg - 4000
-Ņikita Koļesovs25/09/199620Ventspils - 0000
-Mārcis Ošs25/07/199125Jelgava - 0000
Midfielders
-Aleksejs Višņakovs03/02/198433Rīga - 5000
-Oļegs Laizāns28/03/198730Riga*5000
-Vladimirs Kamešs28/10/198828Liepāja - 0000
-Vitālijs Jagodinskis28/02/199225Diósgyőr*5000
-Edgars Vardanjans09/05/199324Spartaks Jūrmala - 0000
-Jānis Ikaunieks16/02/199522Larissa - 2000
-Jevgeņijs Kazačoks12/08/199521Spartaks Jūrmala - 0000
-Glebs Kļuškins01/10/199224Jelgava*4000
-Dāvis Indrāns06/06/199522METTA - 0000
-Roberts Uldriķis03/04/199819Rīga - 0000
Forwards
-Deniss Rakels20/08/199224Reading - 1000
-Valērijs Šabala12/10/199422Riga - 4100
-Dāvis Ikaunieks 07/01/199423Jihlava*5000
-Vladislavs Gutkovskis02/04/199522Nieciecza - 3000
Coach
-Aleksandrs Starkovs26/07/195561 - 0000
Portugal - Squad list
Current season
Qual.FT
No.PlayerDoBAgeClubDPldGlsPldGls
Goalkeepers
-Beto01/05/198235Sporting CP - 0000
-Rui Patrício15/02/198829Sporting CP - 5000
-José Sá17/01/199324Porto - 0000
Defenders
-Bruno Alves27/11/198135Cagliari - 1100
-Eliseu01/10/198333Benfica - 0000
-Pepe26/02/198334Real Madrid - 4000
-José Fonte22/12/198333West Ham*5000
-Cédric31/08/199125Southampton - 2000
-Luís Neto26/05/198829Zenit - 0000
-Raphaël Guerreiro22/12/199323Dortmund - 4000
Midfielders
-Ricardo Quaresma26/09/198333Beşiktaş - 5000
-João Moutinho08/09/198630Monaco - 4100
-Adrien Silva15/03/198928Sporting CP*1000
-William Carvalho07/04/199225Sporting CP - 4100
-Danilo09/09/199125Porto - 0000
-André Gomes30/07/199323Barcelona*4000
-Bernardo Silva10/08/199422Monaco - 3000
-Gelson Martins11/05/199522Sporting CP - 3000
-Pizzi06/10/198927Benfica - 1000
-Nélson Semedo16/11/199323Benfica - 0000
Forwards
-Cristiano Ronaldo05/02/198532Real Madrid - 4900
-Nani17/11/198630Valencia - 2000
-André Silva06/11/199521Porto - 5500
Coach
-Fernando Santos10/10/195462 - 5000

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Head coach Only this chapter

Aleksandrs Starkovs

Date of birth: 26 July 1955
Nationality: Latvian
Playing career: RPI Madona, FK Daugava Rīga (twice), FC Dinamo Moskva
Coaching career: FK Daugava Rīga (assistant), Latvia Under-21s, Skonto FC (twice), Latvia (three times), FC Spartak Moskva, Bakı FK

• A prolific goalscorer, Starkovs found the net over 100 times in the former Soviet league for Daugava Rīga and was voted Latvia's Golden Player of the past 50 years to celebrate UEFA's jubilee in 2004.

• After a spell as an assistant at Daugava, he led Skonto, where he won the Latvian title in all of his 12 seasons in charge (1993–2004), extending the club's record sequence to 14 successive crowns.

• Coached Latvia and Skonto in tandem from 2001, unexpectedly leading the national team to UEFA EURO 2004. Joined Spartak Moskva after the finals and guided them to the runners-up spot in the Russian league in 2005.

• Coached Latvia again from 2007 to 2013, during which time he won another title in a second spell as Skonto coach (2009 to 2011) and steered Bakı in Azerbaijan (2011 to 2012). Embarked on a third term as Latvia boss in April 2017, having spent the intervening years working for the Latvian Football Federation (LFF) and coaching in Skonto's youth ranks.

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Fernando Santos

Date of birth: 10 October 1954
Nationality: Portuguese
Playing career: SL Benfica, CS Marítimo, Estoril Praia
Coaching career: Estoril Praia, CF Estrela da Amadora, FC Porto, AEK Athens FC (twice), Panathinaikos FC, Sporting Clube de Portugal, SL Benfica, PAOK FC, Greece, Portugal

• A left-back, Santos started his playing days at home-town club Benfica before two-year stints with Marítimo and Estoril-Praia. Retired in 1975.

• After a career change as a technician – Santos holds a degree in electrical and telecommunications engineering – he returned to football in 1987, taking over at former team Estoril-Praia. Stayed seven years, guiding them to two promotions and the Portuguese top flight.

• Had four seasons with Estrela da Amadora prior to joining Porto in 1998. Led his side to the Liga title in his first term, adding two domestic cups before departing for AEK in 2001. Again made an instant impact, lifting the 2002 Greek Cup. Went to Panathinaikos that summer followed by spells at Sporting, AEK and Benfica.

• He then revived PAOK's fortunes, steering them to runners-up spot in the 2009/10 Super League to earn a place in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round. Announced his departure in May 2010 and was confirmed as Otto Rehhagel's successor as Greece coach six weeks later, proving an immediate hit as he helped them to UEFA EURO 2012.

• Repeated the feat for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, guiding them to the last 16, before stepping down. He was appointed by Portugal that September after Paulo Bento's departure following a 1-0 defeat by Albania and led them to UEFA EURO 2016 thanks to seven successive victories. The crowning glory was to come in France, Portugal remaining unbeaten throughout the tournament and defeating the hosts in the St-Denis final thanks to Éder's extra-time goal.

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Match officials Only this chapter

  • RefereeIstván Kovács (ROU)
  • Assistant refereesVasile Florin Marinescu (ROU) , Ovidiu Artene (ROU)
  • Fourth officialHoratiu Fesnic (ROU)
  • FIFA Match CommissionerEmil Ubias (CZE)
  • Referee observerSokol Jareci (ALB)

Referee

NameDate of birthUEFA matches
István Kovács 16/09/1984236

FIFA Wold Cup matches involving teams from the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
16/10/2012WCQRLatviaLiechtenstein2-0Riga

Other matches involving teams from either of the two countries involved in this match

DateCompetitionStage reachedHomeAwayResultVenue
30/06/2011UEL1QRFC Daugava DaugavpilsTromsø IL0-5Daugavpils
16/10/2012WCQRLatviaLiechtenstein2-0Riga
10/10/2013U19QRScotlandLatvia1-1Minsk
19/07/2014U19GS-FTPortugalIsrael3-0Felcsut
28/07/2014U19SFPortugalSerbia0-0Felcsut
23/07/2015UEL2QRFK RabotnickiFK Jelgava2-0Skopje

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Competition facts Only this chapter

The Week of Football concept enables fans around the world to enjoy the very best action from the European Qualifiers – which will determine UEFA's representatives at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

Qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup comprises nine groups of six teams, with matches played on a home-and-away basis.

Qualifying takes place under the 'Week of Football' concept, introduced ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign, in which games are spread out from Thursday to Tuesday, shining the spotlight on more teams on the road to the finals in Russia. Moreover, thanks to the Week of Football, at least 43% of matches will be played on weekends, giving fans a better chance to follow the action on television, in the stadiums and on UEFA.com.

Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18:00CET and 20:45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20:45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. In double-header matchweeks, sides will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday. Each day of the Week of Football will feature eight to ten games.

The nine group winners will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight best runners-up will contest play-offs to decide the last four qualifiers for the finals.

The 13 qualifiers then join hosts Russia in the finals to make it 14 UEFA member associations represented.

How qualification works

The other confederations have the following qualifying berths:

Africa: 5
Asia: 4.5
North and Central America and Caribbean: 3.5
Oceania: 0.5
South America: 4.5

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Match-by-match lineups Only this chapter

Latvia

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Group B - Group Standings
    TeamPldWDLGFGAPts
    Switzerland550010315
    Portugal540119312
    Hungary5212867
    Faroe Islands5122285
    Latvia5104293
    Andorra50141131
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Andorra 0-1 Latvia
    0-1 Šabala 48
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Gabovs, A. Višņakovs, Lazdiņš (46 Laizāns), Šabala, Gorkšs, Ikaunieks, D. Ikaunieks (63 Torres), Zjuzins (74 Karašausks), Jagodinskis
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Latvia 0-2 Faroe Islands
    0-1 Nattestad 19, 0-2 Edmundsson 70
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Laizāns, Gabovs, A. Višņakovs, Šabala, Gorkšs, Lukjanovs (76 D. Ikaunieks), Jagodinskis, Kļuškins (72 Zjuzins), Gutkovskis (64 Karlsons)
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Latvia 0-2 Hungary
    0-1 Gyurcsó 10, 0-2 Szalai 77
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Laizāns (77 Karašausks), Gabovs, A. Višņakovs (57 Zjuzins), D. Ikaunieks, Šabala, Gorkšs, Tarasovs, Jagodinskis, Kļuškins (68 Ikaunieks)
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Portugal 4-1 Latvia
    1-0 Ronaldo 28 (P) , 1-1 Zjuzins 67, 2-1 William Carvalho 70, 3-1 Ronaldo 85, 4-1 Bruno Alves 90+2
    Vaņins, Maksimenko, Freimanis, Laizāns, Gabovs, D. Ikaunieks (59 Zjuzins), Gorkšs, Rudņevs (87 Gutkovskis), Tarasovs, Jagodinskis, Kļuškins (79 A. Višņakovs)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Switzerland 1-0 Latvia
    1-0 Drmic 66
    Vaņins, Freimanis, Laizāns, A. Višņakovs (56 Gabovs), Lazdiņš (77 Gutkovskis), D. Ikaunieks (69 Rakels), Šabala, Solovjovs, Gorkšs, Jagodinskis, Kļuškins
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Latvia-Portugal
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Hungary-Latvia
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Latvia-Switzerland
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Faroe Islands-Latvia
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Latvia-Andorra

Portugal

  • FIFA World Cup - Qualifying round
    Matchday 1 (06/09/2016)
    Switzerland 2-0 Portugal
    1-0 Embolo 24, 2-0 Mehmedi 30
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, João Moutinho (68 Quaresma), Éder (46 André Silva), Bernardo Silva, William Carvalho (46 João Mário), Nani, Cédric, Adrien Silva
  • Matchday 2 (07/10/2016)
    Portugal 6-0 Andorra
    1-0 Ronaldo 2, 2-0 Ronaldo 4, 3-0 João Cancelo 44, 4-0 Ronaldo 47, 5-0 Ronaldo 68, 6-0 André Silva 86
    Rui Patrício, Pepe (72 Gelson Martins), Raphaël Guerreiro (52 Antunes), Fonte, Ronaldo, João Moutinho, Bernardo Silva, André Gomes (66 João Mário), André Silva, Quaresma, João Cancelo
  • Matchday 3 (10/10/2016)
    Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal
    0-1 André Silva 12, 0-2 André Silva 22, 0-3 André Silva 37, 0-4 Ronaldo 65, 0-5 João Moutinho 90+1, 0-6 João Cancelo 90+3
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Antunes, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (81 João Moutinho), William Carvalho, André Gomes, André Silva (79 Éder), Quaresma (67 Gelson Martins), João Cancelo
  • Matchday 4 (13/11/2016)
    Portugal 4-1 Latvia
    1-0 Ronaldo 28 (P) , 1-1 Zjuzins 67, 2-1 William Carvalho 70, 3-1 Ronaldo 85, 4-1 Bruno Alves 90+2
    Rui Patrício, Bruno Alves, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (71 Gelson Martins), William Carvalho, João Cancelo, Nani (65 Quaresma), André Silva, André Gomes (87 Renato Sanches)
  • Matchday 5 (25/03/2017)
    Portugal 3-0 Hungary
    1-0 André Silva 32, 2-0 Ronaldo 36, 3-0 Ronaldo 65
    Rui Patrício, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro, Fonte, Ronaldo, João Mário (83 João Moutinho), William Carvalho, André Gomes (86 Pizzi), André Silva (67 Bernardo Silva), Quaresma, Cédric
  • Matchday 6 (09/06/2017)
    Latvia-Portugal
  • Matchday 7 (31/08/2017)
    Portugal-Faroe Islands
  • Matchday 8 (03/09/2017)
    Hungary-Portugal
  • Matchday 9 (07/10/2017)
    Andorra-Portugal
  • Matchday 10 (10/10/2017)
    Portugal-Switzerland

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Legend

Competitions

Club competitions
  • UCL: UEFA Champions League
  • ECCC: European Champion Clubs' Cup
  • UEL: UEFA Europa League
  • UCUP: UEFA Cup
  • UCWC: UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
  • SCUP: UEFA Super Cup
  • UIC: UEFA Intertoto Cup
  • ICF: Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
National team competitions
  • EURO: UEFA European Football Championship
  • WC: FIFA World Cup
  • CONFCUP: FIFA Confederations Cup
  • FRIE: Friendly internationals
  • U21FRIE: Under-21 friendly internationals
  • U21: UEFA European Under-21 Championship
  • U17: UEFA Under-17 Championship
  • U16: UEFA European Under-16 Championship
  • U19: UEFA Under-19 Championship
  • U18: UEFA European Under-18 Championship
  • WWC: FIFA Women's World Cup
  • WEURO: UEFA European Women's Championship

Other abbreviations

  • (aet): After extra time
  • pens: Penalties
  • No.: Number
  • og: Own goal
  • ag: Match decided on away goals
  • P: Penalty
  • agg: Aggregate
  • Pld: Matches played
  • AP: Appearances
  • Pos.: Position
  • Comp.: Competition
  • Pts: Points
  • D: Drawn
  • R: Sent off (straight red card)
  • DoB: Date of birth
  • Res.: Result
  • ET: Extra Time
  • sg: Match decided by silver goal
  • GA: Goals against
  • t: Match decided by toss of a coin
  • GF: Goals for
  • W: Won
  • gg: Match decided by golden goal
  • Y: Booked
  • L: Lost
  • Y/R: Sent off (two yellow cards)
  • Nat.: Nationality
  • N/A: Not applicable

Statistics

  • -: Denotes player substituted
  • +: Denotes player introduced
  • *: Denotes player sent off
  • +/-: Denotes player introduced and substituted

Squad list

  • D: Disciplinary
  • *: Misses next match if booked
  • S: Suspended
  • Disclaimer: Although UEFA has taken all reasonable care that the information contained within this document is accurate at the time of publication, no representation or guarantee (including liability towards third parties), expressed or implied, is made as to its accuracy, reliability or completeness. Therefore, UEFA assumes no liability for the use or interpretation of information contained herein. More information can be found in the competition regulations available on UEFA.com.