To keep their flawless record in the Euro 2024 process of qualifying, Portugal defeated Herzegovina and Bosnia 3-0 on Saturday with a late brace from Bruno Fernandes. At Lisbon’s Estadio Luz, star of Manchester United Fernandes started for the second goal with 13m left after Bernardo Silva had opened the scoring just before halftime. He subsequently scored Portugal’s third and his second goals by the time of stoppage, giving them a total of 13 goals scored and zero goals allowed in winning their first three Group J games.
They now lead the 6-team division by two points over Slovakia and 5 over Luxembourg. The two best teams go to the final game in Germany the following year. Tuesday’s match between Portugal and Iceland, led by Roberto Martinez, will see another triumph for the Euro Cup 2016 champions as they inch closer to earning qualifying.
Portugal’s Martinez Comments On Ronaldo’s Dedication To Their Team
Martinez, who wasn’t entirely pleased with the performance said that their approach as a group had been spectacular. Their lacking, however, was caused not by any physical factor but due to mental fatigue. “We engaged in more emotional than rational games. Our potential still needs to be fully realized.
Cristiano Ronaldo, 38, who holds the record for most men’s international appearances, earned his 198th cap while donning the captain’s armband and playing the whole 90 minutes. Martinez also remarked on Ronaldo’s exemplary dedication to their national team. Further adding that he was a fantastic football player, and he has a significant position in our locker room. A minute before halftime, Silva, who last weekend assisted Manchester City in winning the Champions League, scored the game’s opening goal by converting a first-time attempt after being set up by Fernandes and Ronaldo.
Edin Dzeko, who leads Bosnia’s assault and is 37 years old, was unable to score an equalizer, and Portugal attacked again in minute 77 when Fernandes started in an unguarded header from a Neves cross.