PORTUGAL captain Cristiano Ronaldo did not score, but thanks to Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes, Portugal still beat Bosnia & Herzegovina 3-0 in Euro 2024 qualifying.
*Score: Bernardo Silva 44′, Fernandes 77′ & 90’+3.
Ronaldo played the full match at home Da Luz on June 17. But the Al Nassr striker was not in the form of a 6-0 win over Luxembourg and a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein. His biggest highlight was the 23rd minute, when he headed into the net of Bosnia & Herzegovina. However, the referee caught offside and did not recognize this goal of CR7.
Before the defensive play of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Portugal faced many difficulties. At the end of the first half, the away team even nearly opened the scoring. In a counterattack, Edin Dzeko escaped but could not beat goalkeeper Diogo Costa.
When the first half had a minute of official kick, Portugal found a way into the goal of Bosnia & Herzegovina. Bernardo Silva received a pass from Bruno Fernandes, and then simply finished through goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic who was rushing out.
With the lead, Portugal continued to take the initiative after the break. The ball almost only rolls on the field of Bosnia . However, the host still had difficulty approaching the goal of goalkeeper Sehic. In the 77th minute, they scored the second goal. The player came on from the bench, Ruben Neves crossed for Fernandes to head past Sehic.
With the difference in level and advantage on the field, Portugal continues to put pressure. In the third minute of injury time, Fernandes completed a double, thanks to a volley into the top right corner of the goal, sealing a 3-0 victory.
Portugal won all three of their first matches, scoring 13 goals and conceding none, to lead Group J of Euro 2024 qualifying. The previous two games, they crushed Luxembourg 6-0 and Liechtenstein 4-0. They are now two points ahead of second-place Slovakia and third-placed Luxembourg by five points. On June 20, Ronaldo and his teammates will play the last match of the first leg at Iceland.
Each Euro qualifying group takes the top two teams to the final round. With the current gap, Portugal is completely capable of winning tickets without playing all 10 matches.