In a stunning display of football prowess, Portugal delivered an emphatic 9-0 victory over Luxembourg in the Euro 2024 qualifying match, setting a new record for the nation’s largest-ever win. Notably, this triumph came without the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who was suspended due to a booking in Portugal’s previous game. In Ronaldo’s absence, his teammates stepped up to the plate, demonstrating their formidable strength on the field.
Liverpool’s Diogo Jota proved to be a pivotal player, netting two goals alongside Goncalo Inacio and Goncalo Ramos. The versatile Joao Felix also made his mark, finding the net after coming off the bench.
The driving force behind Portugal’s dominating performance was none other than Bruno Fernandes, the Manchester United captain, whose exceptional form continued at Estadio Algarve. Fernandes had previously secured a 1-0 victory in Slovakia with a superb goal, and he shone once again. His pinpoint crosses set up powerful headers from Goncalo Inacio, while Paris Saint-Germain forward Goncalo Ramos notched a first-half double with expertly executed finishes.
Despite Luxembourg’s best efforts, the scoreline heavily favored the Portuguese side. Diogo Jota narrowly missed hitting the bar in the first half before converting the fifth goal on 57 minutes, courtesy of another brilliant pass from Bruno Fernandes. Jota then turned provider, enabling substitute Ricardo Horta to deliver a blistering finish into the net on 66 minutes. Jota capped his stellar performance with a second goal on 77 minutes.
Bruno Fernandes himself added to the goal tally, scoring the eighth goal from a Horta pass on 83 minutes. The icing on the cake was Joao Felix’s splendid finish on 88 minutes, securing the ninth goal and completing Portugal’s heaviest-ever victory.
With this resounding win, Portugal now boasts 18 points from their first six qualifiers in Group J, a commanding five points ahead of Slovakia. Notably, Portugal has yet to concede a goal in the qualifying rounds, amassing an impressive 24 goals without reply. It appears only a matter of time before they secure their spot in the Euro 2024, which promises to be an exciting event in Germany next summer. Portugal’s performance without Ronaldo serves as a testament to their depth and talent, making them a formidable force on the international stage.