At 2:45 am on October 15th, Beijing time, a focus battle started in Group A and Group C of the European National League. Defending champion Portugal (ranked 5th in the world) played at home against Sweden (ranked 18th in the world).
This is the fourth round of the UEFA Europa League group stage. Portugal scored 2 wins, 1 tie and 7 points in the 3 rounds, and beat France to the first place with a goal difference advantage. In the first round against Sweden, Portugal won 2-0. Sweden suffered a three-game losing streak in Group C, and the group has not yet scored points.
In this game, Portugal's leading star Ronaldo was diagnosed with the new crown and missed the stage. It is reported that he has returned to Turin for isolation. The Portuguese coach Santos also made adjustments in the formation of troops. The frontcourt is composed of Felix, Jota, B seat, and B Fei. Carvalho + Pereira double midfielder; the position of the back is: Cancelo, Pepe, Dias, Guerrero; goalkeeper Patricio also started.
It is worth mentioning that although Ronaldo was unable to participate in the game, he posted photos of himself watching the game in front of the TV on social media to cheer for Portugal.
The game did not disappoint Ronaldo. At the beginning of the first half, Portugal took the lead in mastering the rhythm.
In the 21st minute, Bernardo Silva, the core of Manchester City's midfielder, received a score from Liverpool striker Jota and easily scored to help Portugal take the lead 1-0! The connection between the two Premier League stars is really exciting.
Portugal did not rush after the goal. At the end of the first half, Jota, who had just provided an assist, became the one who scored this time. In the 44th minute, Cancelo sent a precise long pass from the right. Ruota turned off the two defenders and removed the ball and volleyed the goal. The score came to 2-0!
Portugal entered the second half with a two-goal advantage, and Sweden seemed to have difficulty parrying.
In the second half, they changed sides to fight again, and the two teams gradually fell into a stalemate. In the 72nd minute, the 23-year-old Liverpool striker made another contribution! Ruota ran for a long distance after getting the ball on the left, cut into the penalty area and scored directly in the penalty area. The clever and fast footsteps and sharp shots on the left are somewhat similar to the team's big brother Ronaldo.
Portugal leads 3-0 and there is no suspense in the game. Ruota scored twice and also offered an assist. The three goals in this game were all related to him.
In the end, Portugal defeated Sweden 3-0 at home, and achieved 3 wins and 1 draw in 4 rounds and continued to rank first in Group C; in another match in the same group, France beat Croatia 2-1, which has the same record as Portugal, and ranked in the goal difference disadvantage. Group number 2.