Portugal-Italy: Six decades without winning competitively

The Portuguese national team will play its Nations League opening match today

In 21 fixtures, Portugal won only five - but only one was a competitive match, part of the qualification for the Sweden World Cup in 1958.

The Portuguese national team will play their Nations League debut match today, against Italy, at 7.45 pm. Given the high demand for tickets, the fixture is expected to draw out a good crowd to Estádio da Luz (Lisbon). Part of the new UEFA competition's Group A3, the fixture will pit the Portuguese squad against one of its greatest nemesis, given the history of clashes between the two teams.

The stats show us that defeat was almost certain... until Fernando Santos took command of the national team. It took Portugal 39 long years to beat the Italian squad again after the 1976 win, with two goals by Nené. A solitary goal by Éder - the author of the shot that secured the Portuguese squad its first and only European Cup - was enough to break the tradition and beat Italy during a friendly match in 2015.

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