Fer­nando fear­ful of Ham­p­den hunger

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By NEIL NAI­SMITH

FER­NANDO SAN­TOS has warned his Por­tu­gal play­ers Scot­tish pas­sion can pose them a prob­lem at Ham­p­den.

The head coach has twice suf­fered de­feats in Scot­land and is ex­pect­ing a dif­fi­cult en­counter in to­day’s friendly.

San­tos man­aged AEK Athens when they squan­dered a 2-0 first-leg lead at Easter Road in a 2001 UEFA Cup match be­fore edg­ing through af­ter ex­tra-time de­spite a 3-2 de­feat by Hiber­nian.

And his Ben­fica team were on the end of a 3-0 Cham­pi­ons League de­feat by Celtic in 2006 at Park­head.

Por­tu­gal moved five points clear in their Na­tions League group – A3 – on Thurs­day when they won 3-2 in Poland, without star player Cris­tiano Ron­aldo as he fights to clear his name fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions he raped a woman in Las Ve­gas in 2009, claims he strongly de­nies.

Scot­land lost 2-1 in Is­rael on the same night to leave group C1 wide open.

Ham­p­den is ex­pected to be less than half full but San­tos is wary of Alex McLeish’s men and the home sup­port.

He said: “It’s a very tough game. Scot­land are a strong op­po­nent.

“We have seen them play­ing

4-3-3 and 3-5-2 and set-ups we don’t usu­ally play. They break away very well so we have to pre­pare for that.

“They have a re­ally strong sup­port,

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