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Portugal 2-0 Czech Republic

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The full-time whistle goes, and Portugal sees out their 2-0 lead to seal the three points.

The Czechs offered more in the second half, but did little to really test Costa, and whilst Portugal wasn’t as clinical as in the first 45 minutes, they more than deserved the victory which sees them extend their lead at the top of Group A2.

Goalscorers Cancelo and Guedes were outstanding throughout, as Portugal impressed with Qatar on the horizon.

Starting lineup:

PORTUGAL (4-3-3): Diogo Costa; Joao Cancelo, Pepe, Danilo Pereira, Raphael Guerreiro; Goncalo Guedes, William Carvalho, Ruben Neves; Diogo Jota, Bernardo Silva, Cristiano Ronaldo.

PORTUGAL SUBS: Rui Patricio, Rui Silva, Diogo Dalot, David Carmo, Joao Palhinha, Joao Moutinho, Andre Silva, Bruno Fernandes, Rafael Leao, Otavio, Nuno Mendes, Vitinha.

CZECH REPUBLIC (3-4-3): Jindrich Stanek; David Zima, Jakub Brabec, Ales Mateju; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Michal Sadilek, Milan Havel; Ondrej Lingr, Jan Kuchta, Adam Hlozek.

CZECH REPUBLIC SUBS: Tomas Vaclik, Ales Mandous, Vaclav Jemelka, Ondrej Kudela, Lukas Kavlach, Jakub Pesek, Vaclav Jureka, Stanislav Tecl, Vaclav Cerny, Jaroslav Zeleny, Adam Vlkanova, Alex Kral.

Goals:

GOOOAAALLLL!!! The home side strike first!!! Cancelo takes an inside pass and surges into the box, before smashing a shot beyond Stanek and into the far corner!!! 1-0 to Portugal, and their marauding right-back is the man to break the deadlock!

GOOOAAALLL!!! Portugal have another!!! A brilliant Neves pass finds Silva in space, who puts Guedes through on goal. He’s still got a lot to do, but slides a shot beyond the reach of Stanek and it rolls into the far corner to make it 2-0 to the hosts!

So, what’s next?

That 2-0 win sees Portugal rocket clear of the chasing pack. The Group A2 leaders are two points clear of Spain on seven points, and have a goal difference of +6.

The Czech Republic drop to third following Spain’s 1-0 win over Switzerland, but it’s Portugal in pole position to qualify for the final stages of the Nations League, albeit with plenty of football still to play.

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