Against the Czech Republic on Thursday night, the best Portuguese on the pitch was a Manchester player, but he was number 10 and played a notch below Cristiano Ronaldo. Positioned in midfield in front of Ruben Neves and next to William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva never skimped in the defensive phases and was involved in both Portuguese goals, allowing the Seleçao to take the lead alone. his League of Nations group.
While Cristiano Ronaldo, positioned at the top, was having a difficult evening, the former Monegasque was decisive for the first time on the opening of the score of his teammate Joao Cancelo. After a fine move down the middle Jindrich Stanek nearly gave the home side a goal after 29 minutes. However the finishing shot went just wide. Amazing? Not really. This season, the former Juve player was the Manchester City player who scored the most goals (81 shots attempted).
Five minutes later, Bernardo Silva was in the lead again when Ruben Neves was found to be in the lead. The former Parisian only had to cross his shot from inside the right foot to deceive the goalkeeper of Viktoria Plzen and double the bet.
Opposite, the Czechs never proved to be really dangerous, in the image of this three-on-two counterattack concluded by an unframed shot by Vaclav Jurecka (60th). Serene, Fernando Santos allowed himself to get his metronome out seven minutes later, while leaving Ronaldo, looking for a 118th goal in the selection, on the field. In vain, too lonely at the top, forced to defuse, “CR7”, author of a double against Switzerland three days earlier, will never have really managed to worry the Czech defense.