Queiroz tips Portugal to reach semi-finals

LISBON: Por­tu­gal coach Carlos Quei­roz on Fri­day tipp­ed his side to be among the final four at the World Cup start­ing on June 11.

“Portugal are one of the favourites in the race for one of these places,” insisted Queiroz.

“World Cup history has shown us that there are always three big favourites in the semi-finals. Portugal and some 15 other teams will be soliciting the outsiders’ place.”

According to Queiroz the favourites, whom he termed as “dinosaurs”, were Brazil, Italy, England, Germany, Spain and Argentina.

“In every match we have a good chance of winning. We know it and more importantly or rivals know it as well,” said Queiroz of his side who this week were ranked third in the FIFA world standings for the first time in their history.

Portugal were semi-finalists in the 2006 and 1966 World Cup tournaments, but this time have been drawn in Group G, dubbed the Group of Death with Brazil, Ivory Coast and North Korea. — AFP

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