UEFA European Championship – Turkey vs Portugal

Portugal forward Diogo Jota says his team’s matchup against Turkey in Group F on Saturday they are “expecting a completely different game”.

The Portuguese defeated the Czech Republic 2-1 in Leipzig on Tuesday night, but Francisco Conceicao’s late goal was necessary.

Jota was substituted in Leipzig and had a goal disallowed for offside.

“Turkey have better players [than the Czech Republic] and they will want a different kind of match,” Jota added.

“Though Turkey isn’t accustomed to defending in a low block, it may go even better if we can enforce our style of play like we did against the Czechs.

“If that happens, we can try to come away with the three points and qualification.”

Portugal needs three points to guarantee their place in the knockout stages.

Turkey ‘dream’ of knockouts:

The “dream” is to defeat Portugal and go to the round of sixteen, according to Turkey’s manager Vincenzo Montella.

Turkey won its initial group match at a European Championship for the first time, defeating Georgia 3-1.

Montella’s team, who currently leads Group F, needs three points on Saturday to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages.

“This is the first time we’ve won the first match and we’ve not got beyond the group stage in the last three Euros; we didn’t even pick up a point last time,” Montella stated.

“We set out to win the [first] encounter. We want to win the next one and go to the knockout stage now that we have won this one.”

How can I watch Portugal vs. Turkey?

The build-up begins at 16:15, and the game will begin at 17:00 BST. You can watch it live on ITV.

Beginning at 17:00, you can also tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Sounds for the build-up and complete analysis.

Live text updates will also be available on the BBC Sport app and website.

Match stats:

Portugal has a strong record against Turkey, having won seven of the nine meetings, to Turkey’s two victories.

In Turkey’s 3-1 victory over Georgia, Hakan Calhanoglu completed 88 of his 95 passes, which is a record for a Turkish player in the history of the European Championship.

In his three games against Turkey, Cristiano Ronaldo has not scored.

When the teams last faced off in March 2022, Portugal prevailed 3-1.

Turkey last defeated Portugal in 1955, both times by a score of 3-1. They haven’t defeated Portugal since 2012.

This will be Portugal’s and Turkey’s fourth European match. Portugal has won all three of their prior meetings in the competition, going undefeated: 1-0 in the group stage in 1996, 2-0 in the quarterfinals in 2000, and 2-0 in the group stage in 2008.

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