Portugal prevails against the Czech Republic

Portugal prevails against the Czech Republic


Portugal beat the Czech Republic 2-0 and bolstered their lead in Group B thanks to a great Bernardo Silva, author of two assists, on Thursday in Lisbon for the third day of the League of Nations.

Manchester City winger Joao Cancelo opened the scoring with a powerful dry shot (1-0, 33rd) before Valencia winger Gonçalo Guedes made the break shortly afterwards by crossing his shot (2- 0, 38e).

The Portuguese first had difficulty finding a solution and realizing their dominance in the face of a well-established Czech bloc in defense. Only Cristiano Ronaldo scored a Lusitanian side shot in the first half hour, but his attempt was too crushed (10th).

Then the 2016 European champions moved up a gear. Cancelo solicited Bernardo Silva on the right side who gave him the ball in the full-fledged run: the winger then fired a powerful shot to score the first goal, 100% made in Manchester City (1-0, 33rd).

Five minutes later, Bernardo Silva, again, launched Gonçalo Guedes in depth, the former Paris Saint-Germain player subtly crossing his right foot to give air to his team (2-0, 38th) .

“When Bernardo Silva is at the top of his art, as he is right now, he is one of the top 10 in the world. Technically and individually, he is one of the top ten players in the world.” At the end of the match, the coach Fernando Santos, who was celebrating his hundredth match on the bench of Portugal, rejoiced.

Cristiano Ronaldo could have scored just before the break, with the five-time Ballon d’Or dive just above (45th + 1).

With the return of the locker room, the Portuguese managed their advantage by printing a low pace in the match.

Diogo Jota tried to add a third goal but the Liverpool striker’s heavy hit was cleared by Czech goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek, who made a beautiful save (61st).

At the end of this third day, Portugal increased its lead at the top of Group B with 7 points. Spain took second place after a 1-0 win over Switzerland in the evening and have 5 points.

The Czech Republic is in third place with 4 points while Switzerland closes the march without a single unit on its counter.

On Sunday, Portugal (20:45) will travel to Geneva to face Switzerland on the 4th day, while at the same time Spain will host the Czechs in Malaga.

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