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Top 5 international friendlies to watch

The high profile international games to binge over the next week or so.

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Top 5 / Top 10 19 Mar 2018, 12:23 IST
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Portugal vs Netherlands: UEFA Euro 2012
The match will be played at the neutral site in Geneva

The rigours of club football would call armistice for the next week and a half in what would be last international break before the World Cup showpiece in Russia.

Abrupt and distracting as it is ahead of the final stretch of the 2017/18 season in world football, the latest one is packed to the rafters with some mouth-watering match-ups between the proverbial biggies in international football, giving the fans just enough reasons to be up late night once again.

For those expecting a humdrum week sans the club football shenanigans, here are the top 5 international friendlies to spice it all up.

#5 Portugal vs the Netherlands (March 27)

Whereas the Selecao batten down the hatches for the mega event with a string of tough games, the Netherlands are in it merely for experimentation, in the hope of a rebuild from the quagmire that it's left in following the agonizing failure to qualify for the World Cup.

However, that would be without the services of some old guards such as Arjen Robben and Wisley Sneijder, who called it a time in the aftermath of the disaster. But that also signals a new era in the Oranje camp as a new generation of players prepare to step up.

The test begins with a home game to England but will ramp up a bit against the reigning European champions Portugal, led by who else but Cristiano Ronaldo. The Real Madrid ace returns to the fold for the first time since October, when the qualifying phase concluded and would be chomping at the bit to get among the scoresheets again.

The match will be played at the neutral site in Geneva, where Stade de Geneve would play host.

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