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Portugal won strongly despite Ronaldo’s absence

The Portuguese team beat Sweden 3-0 on October 14, when Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to play due to Covid-19 infection.

Coach Fernando Santos chose Diogo Jota, a player in Liverpool, to play for Ronaldo. And it was the right choice when Jota shone: scoring two goals and assisting the other.

Portugal opened the scoring in the 21st minute, when Bruno Fernandes launched an attack on the Swedish penalty area. Jota did not want to finish, but passed Bernardo Silva to beat goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

Sweden is not too bad either. The team is ranked 18th on the FIFA rankings and has organized many attacks, including the situation where Marcus Berg finished hitting the column. However, the visitors could not change the match in favor of defending champions Euro.

In the 44th minute, Jota decided the match for Portugal with a double goal. Liverpool club striker successfully controlled Joao Cancelo’s pass, then defeated Olsen.

Portugal continues to dominate after halftime. They quickly secured a 3-0 victory with a beautiful goal. Jota took the ball and eliminated three Swedish players, then sank to complete a double individually.

In the first leg of this match, Portugal also won 2-0 at Sweden, thanks to Ronaldo’s double. Through four matches in the A3 Nations League group, Portugal are having three wins and one draw, topping the table. In addition to twice defeating Sweden, the champions Euro won Croatia 4-1 and drew France 0-0.

When the group returns in November, Portugal will play three games, including the friendly match against Andorra on 12/11, and the last two matches of the Nations League group stage, against France on November 15, and then as a guest of Croatia. three days later.


Portugal (4-3-3): Patricio – Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerreiro – Carvalho (Moutinho 80 ‘), Silva (Andre Silva 75’), Pereira – Jota (Rafa Silva 88 ‘), Felix (Daniel Podence 75 ‘), Fernanes (Sanches 88’).

Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen – Lustig (Johansson 54 ‘), Olsson, Ekdal, Calesson – Berg (Olsson 88 ‘), Quaison (Isak 62′ ), Jansson, Lindelof, Bengtsson – Kulusevski (Larsson 88’),.