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.