Portugal star shines without Cristiano Ronaldo, crushing Luxembourg in UEFA European Championship qualifier

The match against Luxembourg demonstrated that even without Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese team is just as phenomenal. Bruno Fernandes registered a hattrick of assists while Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix, and Diogo Jota shone as Portugal demolished Luxembourg.

Portugal registered nine goals against Luxembourg as they advance in the EUROS qualifying stages. Joao Felix, the new Barcelona loanee, also put his name on the scoresheet with a stunning screamer despite playing only a few minutes in the match.

Portugal star Joao Felix shines with a stunning goal

It rained goals at the Estadio Algarve as Portugal decimated Luxembourg. Portugal has now scored a total of 24 times, staying five points above Slovakia in these qualifying rounds. Joao Felix, the Portugues youngster also put name on the scoresheet with a stunning screamer despite playing only a few minutes in the match.

Relishing his team’s performance, head coach Roberto Martinex said, “It was perfect because the players had the same attitude from the first to the last minute.”

“They remained concentrated not only in attack but to ensure we kept a clean sheet. As a coach, I really liked the attitude of the players, and they have a place in the history of Portuguese football.”

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“For us, it’s a starting point. We must continue to work and improve, but the team must continue. ‘, he said after the game.

Joao was one of the players that stunned in Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence. The youngster made his presence felt for Portugal in a commanding 9-0 victory over Luxembourg during Monday’s Euro 2024 qualifying match. Despite coming off the bench, Joao Felix managed to find the back of the net, scoring Portugal’s ninth goal with just two minutes left on the clock.

Portugal dominates Luxembourg without Cristiano Ronaldo.

Upon their previous meeting, Portugal had dominated Luxembourg with Christiano Ronaldo at the helm, winning with six goals. But now, Portugal has wielded an even greater victory on Luxembourg, beating them nine goals to nothing.

Cristiano Ronaldo, who did not feature in the 9-0 win, was suspended due to yellow card accumulation, but Portugal won with a resounding victory anyway.

Cristiano Ronaldo is 38 years old but still finds the back of the net. However, unfortunately, he could not utilize this opportunity to add to his tally of 123 international goals.

In his absence, Goncalo Ramos, Goncalo Inacio, and Diogo Jota each showcased their scoring prowess by netting two goals apiece in the Algarve. Ricardo Horta, Bruno Fernandes, and Joao Felix joined them on the scoresheet, who also contributed to the team’s iconic nine-goal-display.


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