Portugal defeated Scotland 3-1 on Sunday with goals from Hélder Costa (44 ‘), Éder (74’) and Bruma (84 ‘).
Fernando Santos made a ‘revolution’ in eleven of the team of corners. In fact, compared to the duel with Poland, Rúben Dias was the only one who remained the starter for the match with Scotland, which ended with a Portuguese triumph, 3-1.Space for the ‘younger’
A game of particular character that allowed the national selector to give more minutes to the less used players and to give the absolute premiere of Hélder Costa, who ended up bearing fruit. But here we go.
Although the eleven chosen by Fernando Santos does not count on the usual starters, the performance was not up to the team’s requirement. Without dynamics, with few ideas and difficulties in constructing game from behind, Portugal was delayed until creating danger next to the mark of Gordon.
In fact, the first opportunity arose for Sérgio Oliveira but … at the goal itself. The Porto player tried to relieve the ball after a corner, and was worth the great defense of Beto, to avoid the self-goal (14 ‘).
Bruma was the ‘plus sign’ of the first half, with two chances. First, he gained a rebound, but fired in the defense of the opposing guard (25 ‘). He then shot off the Scottish net (40 ‘).
Individuals and winnings
But it was the ‘rookie’ Hélder Costa that managed to open the scoring, over the interval. Bruma ‘fled’ in speed, left the ball for Kevin Rodrigues who watched for the 1-0.
In an effort to secure the lead, Portuguesa enjoyed most of the ball, as they maintained 54 percent of possession. Rúben Dias and Sérgio Oliveira left for the entrance of Pedro Mendes and Renato Sanches, who ended up being in the second goal.
The match continued in a weak rhythm, with both teams trying to reach the goal, spaces. After Scott McKenna had a great opportunity to equalize, Hélder Costa again scare the opponent’s net (68 ‘).
But it turned out to be a free kick by Renato Sanches in the 74th minute, which ended with a header from ‘returning’ Éder to the bottom of the Scottish goal, stamping the 2-0. Ten minutes later, it was Bruma’s turn – who was in the lead throughout the first half – to use an excellent pass from Gedson to stamp the well-deserved goal.
From here, the National Team only managed the match, leaving space for Scotland to reach the goal of honor, signed by Naismith, at the time of compensation.