Portugal won their encounter against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with two goals from Ronaldo ensuring their perfect record remained intact.
All five of Portugal’s goals were scored in the first half, allowing them to keep their perfect record in qualifying matches intact. By doing so, they handed the hosts their worst-ever loss.
Roberto Martinez wisely fielded a strong starting eleven for the Group J encounter, and his team promptly scored five goals in the opening period.
Within the first five minutes of the match, Portugal had already gotten on the board. Ronaldo converted a penalty kick after it was ruled that Adrian Leon Barisic had committed a handball infraction in connection with Felix’s attempt.
Felix’s assist on Ronaldo’s second goal was more evidence of his and Ronaldo’s ability to work together. However, the goal was only given after being subjected to a lengthy offside review by VAR. Later, Ronaldo’s old Manchester United colleague Fernandes added to the score with a deft touch.
Cancelo’s shot from outside the box was a thing of beauty, and it landed in the top right corner of the nett. But before the first half was up, Felix scored again to compound the misery of the bewildered home squad.
Throughout the second half, the home team used a damage containment approach to limit the fallout from their play. The team showed great improvement and a more disciplined approach despite criticism from their home crowd upon returning to the pitch.
Although Portugal is now in first place, Bosnia and Herzegovina is in second-to-last place, seven points behind Slovakia. With only two games left to play, this disadvantage has not been erased.
However, after winning their UEFA Nations League group, Savo Milosevic’s squad has qualified for the postseason.
Mr. Martinez, Portugal’s manager, might be forgiven for choosing to field a younger, less seasoned team to give some of his less well-known players a shot to shine. Nonetheless, he overcame that temptation, and it paid off handsomely.
Milosevic was counted on to lead Bosnia and Herzegovina to greater success. However, any optimism that may have been fostered by a 2-0 victory against Liechtenstein in his first game as coach was swiftly snuffed out by Portugal’s competent and dominant showing in the opening 20 minutes.
The aforementioned statement of intent was made by a talented Portuguese squad who are looking forwards to making a mark in Germany next summer.
With two goals before halftime in Portugal’s UEFA Euro 2024 qualifying match against Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cristiano Ronaldo displayed his skill and helped lead his team to a convincing victory.Click to follow us on Telegram now!