Portugal drew 2-2 against France in Budapest which qualifies the Seleção into the Round of 16 where they take on Belgium. Immediately after the game PortuGOAL’s Matthew Marshall and Tom Kundert chatted about the match and the upcoming game in Sevilla. 

 

To listen to the podcast click on the play button below.

 

Related: Portugal 2-2 France match report - draw with France sees Portugal through to round of Last 16

Related: Portugal 2-2 France - Player Ratings 

Related: PortuGOAL EURO2020 podcast #2: A mauling in Munich

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Great podcast, guys! The inclusions of Renato and Moutinho added such much needed muscle and composure. Portgual looked a far more cohesive side against France, and I expect a relatively similar line up against Belgium.

Belgium have a wealth of...

Great podcast, guys! The inclusions of Renato and Moutinho added such much needed muscle and composure. Portgual looked a far more cohesive side against France, and I expect a relatively similar line up against Belgium.

Belgium have a wealth of attacking talent, but can be exposed defensively, especially against country attacks. Defensively we are going to be alert to their wingbacks to ensure we don't get outnumbered and overrun down the flanks. Lukaku is a beast and is almost impossible to defend against in transition, so we need to minimize their opportunities to attack our back line - especially Guerreiro - with space.

De Bruyne is the other key player we need to look out for. His ability to play the killer ball from both central and wide positions is second to none in world football. We need to have a guy on him at all times especially when he's looking to find pockets of space in between lines in the inside right channel. I think Palhinha could suit that role perfectly, but I'm not sure if Santos will give him the start if Danilo is deemed fit to start.

Their double pivot of Witsel and Tielemans, like that of Germany, can be bypassed on the break. This is a game where Renato could prove absolutely vital. His ability to bounce off challenges and break lines in transition could be our best bet at creating imbalances in their defensive third.

This is a game we can win with the right tactics. We have the players we need to match up well against tactically, so I see no reason why we can't progress to the quarter finals and build some real momentum.

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Great podcast fellas, really enjoy both of your calm and analytic voices.

But my favourite touch was the beautiful Carlos Paredes music in the transitions. He was a genius, virtuoso, and so underappreciated! Thanks!

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“It was a spur of the moment thing. Ronaldo laughed, it was a joke. It showed the warmth and spirit of friendship we have in the squad.”

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(Portugal midfielder on his "Ronaldo" celebration after scoring for Portugal against Luxembourg) 

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