After defeating its counterpart from Slovakia (0-1) last Friday, the Portuguese National Team faced Luxembourg this Monday in matchday 6 of the Qualifiers to the German Euro 2024, in a match where they did not have Cristiano Ronaldo, but where they were defeated the Luxembourgers from the Algarve Stadium.
The national team led by the Spanish Roberto Martínez gave a new blow to the authority in front of the continental competition to be played from the German territory next year, because they have a perfect move with six victories, where they scored 24 goals and their goal was unbeaten, making Diogo Costa the best goalkeeper on the road to reaching the Euros.
Keys to Portugal’s victory without Cristiano
Bruno Fernandes took the lead
The Manchester United playmaker has been one of the flagships of the Portuguese squad for some time and today he had a truly wonderful game in which he collaborated with a hat-trick of assists, as well as a score at the end of the duel held at the Lighthouse in the city; He assisted Gonçalo Inácio (2) and Diogo Jota, who received the clearance for his goal from Ricardo Horta.
Three doubles in the game
As part of the overwhelming 9-0 victory, Portugal enjoyed having three players score doubles, such as Gonçalo Inácio (12′, 45′ + 4′), Gonçalo Ramos (17′, 33′ ) and Diogo Jota (57′, 77). ‘) are fundamental pieces for this victory. The first appeared as a central scoring defender, the second continued to increase the prominence of the national team and the third found himself again little by little.
Bernardo Silva is the captain
The Manchester City winger took the captain’s badge in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, in a situation that attracted attention because Bruno Fernandes, Danilo Pereira or Rúben Dias could also do it. The 29-year-old footballer did not have such an important game, but it was enough for him to help Ramos with the first of his goals.
Minutes for João Félix and João Cancelo
The new elements of FC Barcelona were active in the complementary part, when they came in for Nelson Semedo and Gonçalo Ramos, respectively. Although the winger played well on the right, it was the left winger who added the ninth goal. Now, both must think about returning to Spain for Barça vs Betis on Saturday.
New record for Portugal
Roberto Martínez’s team now has the victory with the greatest score in history for the Portuguese National Team, because on other occasions they did not exceed 8-0 in Liechtenstein (1994, 1999) and Kuwait (2003). The Spanish coach had a good season in Belgium, but now he has to take the best of the Portuguese generation to the next level. MisterChip data*