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Diogo Jota Steps Up in Cristiano Ronaldo’s Absence as Portugal Outclass Sweden

Diogo Jota scored twice in Portugal's win. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Diogo Jota scored twice in Portugal’s win. (Photo Credit: Reuters)

UEFA Nations League: Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence on account of coronavirus was brushed apart by a Portugal facet that outplayed Sweden.

  • Reuters Lisbon
  • Last Updated: October 15, 2020, 10:44 AM IST

A objective from Bernardo Silva and a brace from Diogo Jota gave Portugal a cushty 3-Zero win over Sweden within the Nations League on Wednesday because the hosts made gentle of the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo on account of a constructive Covid-19 check.

Ronaldo’s solely contribution to the sport was a put up on Instagram round kickoff time urging on his workforce mates as he remained in quarantine, they usually proved greater than equal to the duty.

William Carvalho might have given the house facet the lead within the opening minutes however his header got here again of a put up and bounced away to security, and Sweden’s defence struggled to cope with Portugal’s tempo and precision.

Silva opened the scoring within the 21st minute as Portugal gained the ball again in the midst of the sector and shortly countered, with Jota firing a pinpoint go to Silva within the penalty space for an ideal first-time end.

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Marcus Berg went near equalising for Sweden with a robust shot which hit the put up, however the extra the Swedes attacked the extra weak they have been to Portugal’s lightning-quick counter-attacks.

Jota acquired on the scoresheet simply earlier than halftime, lashing dwelling Joao Cancelo’s cross from deep on the best to make it 2-0, and he added an outstanding third with a solo run and thumping shot within the 71st minute.

Sweden coach Janne Andersson will miss his facet’s subsequent Nations League sport in opposition to Croatia following his second yellow card of the event, the 57-year-old exhibiting his frustration with refereeing choices that went in opposition to his workforce.

With 10 factors from 4 video games, Portugal prime Group 2 in League A on objective distinction forward of France, who beat Croatia 2-1 in Zagreb. The Swedes are backside of the group after slumping to 4 straight defeats.

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