Football – Portugal Vs Scotland: Portugal Continue To Win Without Ronaldo
- Scotland finished a troublesome week in no better shape following a 3-1 annihilation to Portugal in their serene friendly match at Hampden Park.
- Alex McLeish rolled out six improvements to the side which performed appallingly in the 2-1 Nations League thrashing to Israel on Thursday night and they were skilled in a half-full stadium just for debutant Hélder Costa to score for the guests just before the break.
FULL TIME | Scotland 1-3 Portugal. Steven Naismith’s goal proves to be the last touch of the match, but just a consolation for Scotland, as goals from Costa, Eder and Bruma give Portugal the win in this International Friendly. Thank you for your support. #SCOPOR pic.twitter.com/GTFua1AwOa
— Scotland National Team (@ScotlandNT) October 14, 2018
- Be that as it may, the 2016 European Championship victors, who had a significantly more new look about them, multiplied their lead in the 74th moment through Eder before Bruma let go in a third goal with six minutes remaining. Steven Naismith scored a comfort for the home side at the demise to put a superior sheen on the scoreline.
- Scotland confront Albania away and Israel at home one month from now in their last Nations League Group C1 matches and McLeish, whose side have three from two matches, should discover a few answers in the event that they are to achieve the play-offs, which offer the possibility of fitting the bill for the 2020 European Championships.
Sunday night International at Hampden Park … Scotland ??????? 1 Portugal ?? 3. Pretty tight 1st half but the European Champions scored just before half time and added 2 more after. Naismith with an injury time consolation for Scotland. Crowd 19,684. pic.twitter.com/3fvXewpIrE
— Jamie McQueen (@Fitba_daft) October 14, 2018
- McLeish required a not too bad execution to take some warmth off after the trek to Haifa.
- Work force change was constrained upon him as his back-three – John Souttar, Charlie Mulgrew and Kieran Tierney – were inaccessible through either injury or weakness.
- Craig Gordon, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Stuart Armstrong, James Forrest and Oli McBurnie were brought into the side, which was set out in a 4-4-2 team formation.
FULL TIME! Scotland 1-3 Portugal
A goal from Wolves winger Helder Costa on his international debut set Portugal on their way to a comfortable 3-1 victory over Alex McLeish’s side!
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— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) October 14, 2018
- Be that as it may, Portugal were a long way from full quality. The head mentor, Fernando Santos, was without their supernatural striker Cristiano Ronaldo, midfielder Bernardo Silva and the reliable defender Pepe.
- Moreover, just defender Cédric and Rúben Dias held their places from Thursday’s 3-2 win away to Poland in the UEFA Nations League, with Wolves forward Costa making his debut.
Well thats #russia and #portugal with wins for me. Not overly confident about #italy but thats why its called gambling right…
— Devious (@IMDevious) October 14, 2018
- There was no genuine trace of a goal until the point that the fifteenth moment, when Portugal defender and captain, Beto, needed to make a fine response spare from his very own player, Sérgio Oliveira, after the Porto midfielder had headed towards his very own goal after a Forrest cross sprung up into the air.
- McKenna and Naismith had headers that neglected to inconvenience Beto before Portugal undermined through Bruma, whose diverted drive simply missed the goal.
- In the 36th moment Naismith’s header from an enticing Forrest cross missed the far post by a yard.
Portugal have now gone 10 games undefeated without Ronaldo:
Argentina’s last 10 games without Messi:
4 wins- 3 of those were vs Iraq, Singapore and Guatemala.
Clear to see who has it worse internationally.
— Veron (@MesmericMessi) October 14, 2018
- Be that as it may, every one of the Scots’ great work was fixed with two minutes of the main half residual when Bruma set up Kévin Rodrigues whose cut-back was thumped into the net from six yards by Costa, who had got before Andy Robertson.
- By the by, Scotland began the second-half decidedly. Callum McGregor and John McGinn both had endeavors on goal before McKenna’s plunging header from a McGinn corner simply missed the goal.
Portugal continue to prove there is life without Cristiano Ronaldo after extending their good form with a comfortable win in Scotland | @RichJolly | https://t.co/wAOrgPuo5t pic.twitter.com/3i570yWLLC
— The National Sport (@NatSportUAE) October 14, 2018
- As the unavoidable substitutions streamed, the rhythm dropped and the match ended up incoherent. Be that as it may, when substitute Renato Sanches glided a free-kick into the Scotland punishment zone Eder’s projectile header from 10 yards gave Gordon no way and there was more hopelessness for the Scots when Bruma dashed into the punishment zone and pounded a drive high past Gordon, rendering Naismith’s short proximity complete a consoling goal.
#SCOPOR 1-3 | Friendly
Solid showing by an experimental team and comfortable win for #Portugal in low-intensity friendly. Slow start, but better in 2nd half when Renato + Gedson came in and improved the midfield. First Seleção goals for Hélder Costa + Bruma.#TudoPorPortugal ?? pic.twitter.com/P4WzmIWZNi
— #ThankYouDeuce (@JogaBonito_USA) October 14, 2018
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