WORLD CUP 2022
Portugal vs Nigeria: times, how to watch on TV, stream online, World Cup preparation match
Portugal hosts Nigeria at José Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon on November 17th, with kick-off at 4:45 p.m. (ET)
Portugal wraps up their preparations for the upcoming World Cup with a friendly against Nigeria at the Jose Alvalade Stadium on Thursday.
The three-time African champions, Nigeria, who will not participate in Qatar after failing to qualify, will be looking to return to winning ways and finish this year on a high ahead of preparations for the 2023 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
When does Portugal vs. Nigeria start?
The match between Portugal and Nigeria starts on 17/11/2022 at
How to watch Portugal vs. Nigeria
Portugal vs. Nigeria preview
After a somewhat disappointing season in the Nations League, where they finished one point behind group winners Spain, Portugal will be looking to put things right in Qatar.
At this year’s World Cup, Portugal will compete in Group H with Ghana, South Korea, and Uruguay. For a reason, Portugal is one of the favorites to pass the group, but just overcoming the group stage will not satisfy the appetite of Portugal, which has not advanced beyond the round of 16 since 2006, when they reached the semi-finals, where they were defeated by France 1-0.
Nigeria will enter this match with a strong desire to end their losing streak and give their people at least something to look forward to, as this year has been quite poor for them. They first started the year by crashing out in the round of 16 of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations after a shock 1-0 loss to Tunisia. Soon after, they failed to book a place in Qatar as Ghana beat them on away goals after a 1-1 draw in the qualifying play-offs in March.
Considering the series of failures this year, Nigeria’s victory in this match would put a smile on the face of all Nigerians, at least for a moment.
Portugal vs. Nigeria prediction
In the first meeting between these two nations, while Portugal will try to prepare the team for the upcoming World Cup, Nigeria is playing for pride, where they will want to show that they can play against the best teams in the world.
Who is the referee
The 33-year-old Cyprus referee Chrysovalantis Theouli will officiate the Lisbon match.
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