Euro 2024 Schedule, June 18: Cristiano Ronaldo takes centre stage in Portugal’s opening game

Euro 2024 Schedule, June 18: Cristiano Ronaldo takes centre stage in Portugal’s opening game

Euro 2024: All eyes on Cristiano Ronaldo as Portugal begin Euro 2024n campaign against Czech Republic while Turkey face Georgia

The stage is set for Portugal’s talismanic forward Cristiano Ronaldo to take the centre stage. CR7 is set to appear on his 6th Euro competition and he will be the oldest player to do so. The first game of the day will feature Turkey taking on Georgia. But the main attraction will be Portugal vs Czech Republic.

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Turkey vs Georgia

Turkey will be strongly reliant on Kerem Akturkoglu who has been fine goal scoring form off late. Kenan Yildiz and Yilmaz are likely to operate in the attack which will take the shape of a trident. At the heart of the midfield, skipper Hakan Calhanoglu will greatly bolster his side, as will Merih Demiral at the base of the defence.

For Georgia, the rock in the defence will be their skipper Kashia who will marshal his troops well. However, all eyes will be on 23-year old Napoli forward, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia who is likely to dazzle everyone with his blistering skills.

Turkey Predicted XI: Gunok; Ayhan, Demiral, Bardakci, Kadioglu; Ozcan, Calhanoglu; Guler, Yildiz, Akturkoglu; Yilmaz

Georgia Predicted XI: Mamardashvili; Kverkvelia, Kashia, Dvali; Kakabadze, Kiteishvili, Kochorashvili, Shengelia, Chakvetadze; Kvaratskhelia, Mikautadze

Portugal vs Czech Republic

Portugal are also one of the favourites who can go all the distance. Rui Costa starts at goal, while veteran Pepe will partner Ruben Dias at the base of the defence. The midfield will consist of Palhinha and Vitinha. Bruno Fernandes will don the number 10 role. Rafael Leao and Bernardo Silva will occupy the flanks, with skipper Cristiano Ronaldo starting at his preferred number 9 spot.

For Czech Republic, a lot will rely on Holes and Krejci in fending off the Portuguese attack. Skipper Thomas Soucek will get the services of Vladimir Coufal in the midfield. While the scoring duties will largely reply on ace forward Patrik Schick.

Portugal Predicted XI: Costa; Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Mendes; Palhinha, Vitinha, Fernandes; Leao, Ronaldo, Bernardo

Czech Republic Predicted XI: Stanek; Holes, Hranac, Krejci; Coufal, Soucek, Provod, Barak, Jurasek; Kuchta, Schick

How to watch UEFA Euro 2024 Live in India?

Sony Sports Network has the broadcast rights to UEFA Euro 2024 in India and the Indian subcontinent, including Sony Sports Ten 2 SD & HD in English, Sony Sports Ten 3 SD & HD in Hindi, Sony Sports Ten 4 SD & HD in Tamil & Telugu, and Sony Sports Ten 5 SD & HD in Bengali & Malayalam. All UEFA Euro 2024 matches will be live-streamed on the SonyLIV app and website.


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