Portugal completely destroyed their opponents at Bilino Polje early this morning. Roberto Martinez’s team has qualified for EURO 2024, but the Spanish strategist still chose to field a strong squad. Cristiano Ronaldo was again among the scorers, Portugal led 4-0 after just half an hour of play and scored five goals in the first half, winning 5-0 and maintaining their perfect record in qualifying. EURO 2024.
Ronaldo opened the scoring in the 5th minute, from the penalty spot after touching the ball with his hand. The striker added a second goal 15 minutes later, latching on to Joao Felix’s pass and flicking the ball over the goalkeeper.
Bruno Fernandes waited for the ball, bypassed the Bosnian defense and fired a shot into the opponent’s net. Joao Cancelo scored the fourth goal in the 32nd minute with a curling shot into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area. And Felix got his own deserved goal, taking advantage of the collapse of the opponent’s defense to score the fifth.
Fernandes himself had another excellent performance for Portugal, including a great goal. He stood in the highest position, waited for the ball and accelerated to score like a true striker.
The Portuguese also made a key pass and completed 4 of his 6 long pass attempts. He also won 3 out of 4 duels on the field and was regularly present at all hot spots for the Selecao. Man United’s captain also contributed to the defense with 1 relief and 2 successful tackles.
Worth mentioning, when the two teams met in the first leg in June, Bruno Fernandes also shined with 2 goals for Portugal when his national team overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina in a 3-0 victory. Fernandes’ first goal was a brilliant header when the Man United captain collected a wonderful pass from Ruben Neves. The Man United star once again scored in the match with a fierce shot that the Bosnian goalkeeper had no chance to save. Fernandes was also the assist player for Bernardo Silva, who broke the deadlock at the end of the first half.
Fernandes has received a lot of criticism during his time at Manchester United. He is often one of the first stars whose name is called if the Red Devils suffer defeat. However, the 29-year-old has shined for Portugal recently. He scored 5 goals and had 7 assists in 8 EURO 2024 qualifying matches.
The captain of the Red Devils is creating a contrast in performance in the national team and at the club. Man United is hoping that Bruno can bring his excitement back to England to help the team change their situation.
Thanh Vu | 08:57 October 17, 2023