Saints at the World Cup: Cédric

By SFC Media Tue 05 Jun International
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We take an in-depth look at each of the Southampton players heading to Russia for the 2018 World Cup, starting with Cédric and Portugal.

Road to Russia

Reigning European Champions Portugal showed scintillating form in qualifying, winning nine of their 10 games and will travel to Russia with optimism after their Euro 2016 campaign.

Saints defender Cedrić was an integral part of the side, featuring in six of those qualifying clashes. Cristiano Ronaldo netted 15 times in nine to help inspire Fernando Santos’ men.

Their only defeat came in September 2016 when Switzerland recorded a 2-0 victory in Basle.

World Cup fixtures

Portugal vs Spain
Friday 15th June (7pm BST)
Fisht Stadium
Sochi
BBC

Portugal vs Morocco
Wednesday 20th June (1pm BST)
Luzhniki Stadium
Moscow
BBC

Iran vs Portugal
Monday 25th June (7pm BST)
Mordovia Arena
Saransk
BBC

The Coach

Portugal coach Fernando Santos

Fernando Santos replaced Paulo Bento as the Portugal boss in 2014, after he had enjoyed a spell with Greece. He led them to the last eight at Euro 2012 and the Round of 16 in the 2014 World Cup.

Born in Lisbon, he is widely-regarded as the best coach the national side has ever had after leading them to their first ever major tournament success at Euro 2016 and following that up with a near perfect qualification campaign.

Players to watch 

Andre Silva celebrates his strike against Switzerland

Aside from the obvious in Ronaldo, Andre Silva was instrumental during Portugal’s qualification. In October 2016, he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick for the national team in a 6-0 win over the Faroe Islands.

In the same month the following year, Silva struck a goal worth its weight in gold during the 2-0 win over Switzerland to book their spot in the finals.

Bernardo Silva will also head into the tournament with confidence after a stellar season with Manchester City after six goals and four assists in the 35 Premier League appearances.

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