Sweden vs Portugal Women's EURO preview: Where to watch, kick-off time, predicted line-ups
Sunday, July 17, 2022
When is it? How can you watch it? What are the possible line-ups? All you need to know about the UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Group C game between Sweden and Portugal.
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Sweden meet Portugal at Leigh Sports Village in UEFA Women's EURO 2022 Group C on Sunday 17 July.
Sweden vs Portugal at a glance
When: Sunday 17 July, 18:00 CET
Where: Leigh Sports Village, Wigan & Leigh
What: Group C, Matchday 3
How to follow: Build-up and live coverage will appear here
Where to watch Sweden vs Portugal on TV
Fans can find their local UEFA Women's EURO 2022 broadcast partner(s) here.
What do you need to know?
The sides' only past competitive meetings offer little encouragement for Portugal; they lost 4-1 at home and 5-1 away to Sweden in qualifying for the 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup. However, Francisco Neto's side know the win that could take them to the quarter-finals is not beyond them. A little chaotic in defence but great going forward, Portugal rallied after going 2-0 down in both of their games so far, and while Sweden only need to draw to progress, they have yet to produce a performance to justify their pre-finals billing.
Sweden: Lindahl; Glas, Ilestedt, Eriksson, Andersson; Angeldal, Asllani, Björn; Rytting Kaneryd, Blackstenius, Rolfö
Portugal: Morais; Amado, Gomes, C. Costa, Borges; T. Pinto, Do. Silva, Norton; J. Silva, Nazareth, Di. Silva
Alexandra Jonson, Sweden reporter
Despite defeating Switzerland, there has been plenty of criticism of Sweden's performances so far, including some from the players themselves. Peter Gerhardsson's side simply haven't reached their full potential yet. Although the quality that this team possesses is clear to everyone, there have been too many small mistakes, and they will want to improve on that against Portugal. They can qualify with a draw, but only a win will be really acceptable.
Carlos Machado, Portugal reporter
Contrary to expectations, Portugal's dream is still alive. Their final showdown is against the side ranked No2 in the world, but having fought back from 2-0 down in their last two games, this team have shown they have mental strength – and with nothing to lose, who knows what they can do? It will be crucial to avoid the basic errors that cost them goals in the first two games, but after running the European champions close last time out, Portugal demand respect.
Last six games: WDWDWD (most recent first)
Last match: Sweden 2-1 Switzerland, 13/07
Women's EURO 2017: quarter-finals (L 2-0 vs Netherlands)
Last six games: LDDWWW (most recent first)
Last match: Netherlands 3-2 Portugal, 13/07
Women's EURO 2017: fourth in Group D (W1 D0 L2)
View from the camps
Peter Gerhardsson, Sweden coach: "We have had more shots on goals than our opponents but our finishing and passing game need to get better: there is no question about that. We can play a lot better than we have. That's something we will need to do on Sunday against Portugal."
Francisco Neto, Portugal coach: "We know that tomorrow is a big step for us, a big change. We are going to play the best-ranked team in this tournament but we believe, we have confidence as we are doing good things during the game. We want to play and be as competitive as in the last two games."
Sílvia Rebelo, Portugal defender: "Sweden are a very competent team. We know the troubles we'll find, but we have already shown that we are competitive and have enough quality. We took the lessons from the other games and start focused in order to achieve our goal."