Portugal vs. Russia, 2014 World Cup qualifying: Preview and TV schedule

Jasper Juinen

Portugal has an absolutely enormous game in Lisbon as they try to steady their wobbly qualification campaign against the undefeated Russians.

Portugal will face Russia in Lisbon on Friday night knowing they will need to defeat an as-yet undefeated side in order to keep their qualification campaign on track.

Russia are top of their group despite only having played four games, due to Fabio Capello's side having a 100 percent win record in their campaign so far. That leaves Portugal competing with Israel for second place, and a defeat or even a draw here would be a huge boost to the Israelis.

Paulo Bento will have to make do without Pepe due to the center-back's suspension, but will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani available for selection.

Capello seemed confident about his chances when asked, saying: "We already proved that we're able to overcome Portugal. On Friday we expect an even more difficult match than we played in Moscow but our desire to win is even stronger.

"We have a great chance to solve all the problems and we are set to convert this chance into reality."

With Russia having two games in hand on Portugal, they have little to fear from a defeat here, even though it could temporarily move them out of the qualification places.

Match Date\Time: 8:45 p.m. local, 3:45 p.m. ET

Venue: Estadio da Luz, Lisbon, Portugal

TV: RTP Internacional, ESPN Deportes (U.S.), RTP Internacional, Sportsnet One (Canada), RTP 1 (Portugal)

Online: ESPN3 (U.S.)

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