Pressure on Bento as Portugal looks to bounce back

Portugal has no room for error as it bids to get its stuttering

European Championship qualifying campaign back on track under new

coach Paulo Bento.

The Portuguese are languishing in fourth place in Group H after

picking up just one point from their opening two games, and on

Friday host a Denmark team that won its first game.

Portugal has made its worst start to a qualifying campaign since

1996, but Real Madrid forward Ronaldo says “if we win our next two

matches, we’ll be able to breathe easier.”

France, which has also made an inauspicious start to qualifying,

remains under pressure ahead of its Group D match at home to

Romania. But another World Cup flop, Italy, travels to Northern

Ireland looking to extend its perfect record.