Portugal 4-1 Croatia: Manchester City star Joao Cancelo scores thunderbolt as hosts earn Nations League victory despite Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence
- Portugal began their Nations League campaign with a win over Croatia
- Joao Cancelo opened the scoring before Diogo Jota doubled Portugal’s lead
- Joao Felix added a third but Bruno Petkovic pulled a goal back in injury time
- Portugal substitute Andre Silva rounded off an emphatic win by netting a fourth
Title holder and European champions Portugal made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence when they swept aside Croatia with a 4-1 win in their opening Nations League match on Saturday.
Portugal, in impressive form as they returned to action after a 10-month coronavirus interruption, hit the woodwork three times before Joao Cancelo fired them ahead four minutes before half-time in the League A Group Three match.
Diogo Jota and Joao Felix added two more in the second half before Bruno Petkovic pulled one back in stoppage time and Andre Silva added a fourth with the last kick of the game.
Ronaldo, who is on 99 international goals, was ruled out with a toe infection while Croatia were missing key midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic after the federation agreed not to pick them before the start of the European club season.
More to follow.
Joao Cancelo celebrates after scoring Portugal’s opening goal in victory over Croatia
Wolves star Diogo Jota (L) celebrates after netting Portugal’s second goal of the game
Cristiano Ronaldo was unavailable for the Nations League match due to a toe infection
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