Just hours ago, Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal defeated his favorite opponents for the UEFA Euro qualifiers. Roberto Martinez’s side managed to keep up their winning streak following a win in this month’s opening game against Slovakia. Their 9-0 win in today’s match is garnering responses from the soccer fraternity, including a four-word message sent by Ronaldo to his national teammates.
Likewise, the match didn’t see Ronaldo in action, as he was forced to leave the camp quite early and return to his domestic side Al Nassr.
Cristiano Ronaldo sends a four-word message to his national teammates
Ronaldo was forced to miss the match as the ex-Madrid legend served his suspension due to a yellow card he received during Portugal’s 1-0 victory over Slovakia last Friday. The referee penalized the Portuguese skipper for a tough tackle on the Slovakian goalkeeper, Martin Dubravka. This may have stopped him from missing today’s match against his favorite opponent Luxembourg, but it didn’t deter his teammates from delivering a stellar performance.
Portugal’s historic 9-0 victory over Luxembourg is their largest-ever win. While fans celebrate this emphatic win, Ronaldo took to Instagram to send a four-word message to his beloved teammates. The Al Nassr star posted a picture of his teammates and wrote, “Boa sorte Equipa! Vamos!!” As translated by DeepL, it means “Good luck Team! Vamos!!”
It seems the 38-year-old is impressed with his teammate’s performance in a much-enthralling victory. Certainly, he would have loved to be part of such a resounding win. Nevertheless, the team seems to have their skipper’s acknowledgment for the win. Speaking of which how did they manage to clinch such a victory? Let’s dive deeper.
Portugal defeats Luxembourg 9-0!
It was quite a historic win for Portugal without their star player Ronaldo. First-half braces from Sporting CP star Goncalo Inacio and PSG forward Goncalo Ramos were enough to hand over a 4-0 lead in the very first half. Minutes after the second half, Diogo Jota opened his account and just ten minutes later Ricardo Horta made the score 6-0.
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Again after 10 minutes, Jota scored his second, with six minutes later, after giving three assists, Bruno Fernandez finally broke his deadlock with a neat finish. Five minutes later, substitute Joao Felix also got his name on the scoresheet, thus making it 9-0. Indeed, it was quite a decisive victory for the Os Navegadores. The win surely sends a message to other apex European nations that Portugal is ready to boss the 2024 Euros.