Algeria will play an international friendly against Portugal in June, it has been confirmed. The match will take place on June 7th as the Portuguese national team prepare for their World Cup group match against fellow North African side Morocco.
The match is a breath of fresh air for the Desert Foxes as they are finally testing themselves against a world class opponent. Portugal are the reigning champions of Europe after lifting the Euro 2016 trophy.
DZ Football exclusively revealed in November last year that talks were ongoing between Portugal and Algeria, but the Football Federations have now officially come to an agreement.
As part of their preparations for Russia 2018, Portugal will be playing against Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. Cristiano Ronaldo and co will be playing against four North African nations in total in 2018, as well as Iran.
The game will likely take place in Lisbon, in Portugal, the country in which Yacine Brahimi plays his club football. Former national team regulars Rafik Halliche and Hassan Yebda are also currently playing their football in Liga NOS.
This match is the third confirmed for 2018 for Rabah Madjer’s side, who will also be playing against Tanzania and Iran before Algeria continue their qualifying campaign for AFCON 2019 later in the year.