40 years ago was the last time England defeated Portugal in an international competition.
Will history repeat itself on Saturday? Is past performance relevant? Or is every game a new game? Speaking to England supporters, they never seem to see Portugal as a threat, and there isn’t a real rivalry between these two teams.
But when I mention that in all their international competitive matches in the last 40 years, England has never defeated Portugal, their reaction is simply not to believe me. I think this is Portugal’s secret weapon, as I’m sure that’s how they’ve been able to pull this 40-year-old streak off – they allow the English to have a dangerous over-confidence.
As a bonus, here’s a link to an optical illusion, just in case Ronaldo doesn’t play on Saturday, I can still pretend he’s there: