Portugal beat Czech Republic

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

Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo opened the scoring with a powerful dry shot (1-0, 33′) before Valencia winger Gonçalo Guedes made the break shortly after by crossing his shot (2- 0.38e).

The Portuguese first experienced difficulties in finding the solution and concretizing their domination against a Czech block well grouped in defense. Only Cristiano Ronaldo framed a strike from the Lusitanian side in the first half hour, but his attempt was too crushed (10th).

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

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

“When Bernardo Silva is at the top of his game, as he is now, he is in the top 10 in the world. Technically and in terms of individual creativity, he is among the ten best players in the world”, rejoiced at the end of the meeting the coach Fernando Santos, who was celebrating his hundredth match on the bench of Portugal.

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

Back from the locker room, the Portuguese managed their advantage by setting a low pace to the game.

Diogo Jota tried to add a third goal but the heavy strike from the Liverpool striker was released by the Czech goalkeeper, Jindrich Stanek, author of a fine save (61st).

At the end of this third day, Portugal increased its lead at the top of group B with 7 points. Spain moved into second place after beating Switzerland 1-0 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 to its counter.

On Sunday, Portugal (8:45 p.m.) will travel to Geneva to face Switzerland there as part of the 4th day, while at the same time, Spain will receive the Czechs in Malaga.