Against the Czechs on Thursday night, the best Portuguese on the pitch was a Manchester player, but he wore number 10 and played a notch below Cristiano Ronaldo. Positioned in midfield in front of Ruben Neves and alongside William Carvalho, Bernardo Silva never skimped during the defensive phases and was involved in the two Portuguese goals, allowing the Seleçao to take the lead of their League group alone. nations.
While Cristiano Ronaldo, positioned at the forefront, had a difficult evening, the former Monegasque was decisive for the first time on the opener of his club mate Joao Cancelo. After a combination between the two teammates on the right wing, the full-back found himself facing Jindrich Stanek and sent a powerful shot from a tight angle into the opposite side netting. Amazing? Not really. This season, the former Juve was the Manchester City player who shot the most times on goal (81 shots attempted).
Five minutes later, Bernardo Silva was in charge again when, found on the verge of offside by Ruben Neves, he launched Gonçalo Guedes into the depth. The former Parisian only had to cross his shot from the inside of the right foot to deceive the doorman of Viktoria Plzen and double the bet.
Opposite, the Czechs were never really dangerous, like this three against two counter-attack concluded by an off target shot from Vaclav Jurecka (60th). Serene, Fernando Santos allowed himself to release his metronome seven minutes later, while leaving Ronaldo, in search of an 118th goal in selection, on the ground. In vain, too lonely at the peak, forced to relocate, “CR7”, author of a double against Switzerland three days earlier, will never really manage to worry the Czech defense.