Group A reaches its conclusion tonight but both Portugal and Switzerland, who meet in Klagenfurt, find themselves win the unusual position of having nothing tangible to play for.
With co-hosts Switzerland already eliminated and Portugal guaranteed top spot in the group, tonight may offer an opportunity for both sides to bring in some fresh faces.
Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, with his eye on a second successive European Championship final, admitted that he would be utilising the depth in his squad against Switzerland.
“If we have quality on the bench we should use it in the match. The result will not affect who we play in the next round,” said Scolari.
“We will do what we did in 2006 [against Mexico] – we had a mixture of players who had played and others who had not played – so they can get into a rhythm and be available to play in future matches.”
Scoalri was also quizzed for the first time about his decision to manage Chelsea when the tournamane concludes. He denied that the timing of the news had disrupted his players, and stressed he was committed to success with Portugal in Austria and Switzerland.
“I am completely involved to the end,” he said.
“I hope we can get to another final. We have only cleared the first round and have to get over two more hurdles to get to the final. I know my players and I believe in them – it would be great if we could get to the final.”
Meanwhile Sitzerland coach Kobi Kuhn believes that it would make little difference to Portugal if Scolari opted to rest players tonight.
“You can never talk about a Portugal B side,” he said.
Despite the fact that they have already been eliminated, Kobi vowed to depart the competition in style.
“We feel the same tension we do for any match. The tournament still has 90 minutes to run for us,” he said.
With Kuhn’s seven-year reign as Switzerland coach coming to an end, he admitted that his final selection of the national side might be influenced by a sentiment, with a recall “quite possible” for 37-year-old goalkeeper Pascal Zuberbühler.
Home striker Eren Derdiyok picked up a slight ankle injury in the defeat by Turkey – their second in the tournament – so Daniel Gygax stands by to start.