With Euro 2024 qualification already secured, Portugal were happy to pour on the pressure against Group J bottom-feeders Liechtenstein and bide their time for a goal.
It took them longer than they’d have liked after a wasteful first half, but Cristiano Ronaldo made sure to eliminate any anxiety shortly thereafter as he put the visitors through in Vaduz, opening the scoring 47 minutes in en route to a 2-0 victory.
Joao Cancelo, whose Man of the Match performance deserved profit, picked up their second after a mistake from Liechtenstein goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel, who otherwise had a wonderful performance in net. Cancelo was Portugal’s best player throughout, creating multiple chances, most of which were wasted.
After bad first-half misses from Ruben Neves and Goncalo Ramos, Ronaldo showed his intent just 20 seconds into the second half as he struck the post, and moments later he provided the moment of quality that had to that point been missing.
Ramos, who missed multiple headers, seemed to have worked Portugal a third, but his clunky goal ruled out by VAR for offside on a teammate judged to have interfered. Overall, it was a comprehensive performance from Portugal who were not punished further for allowing a catalog of chances go begging.
The Sporting News followed the Liechtenstein vs Portugal match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happened.
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Liechtenstein (5-3-2, right to left): 1. B. Buchel (GK) — 22. Beck (Kranz, 65'), 6. Malin, 10. Wieser, 4. Traber, 3. Goppel — 17. Luchinger (Meier, 46'), 7. M. Buchel, 8. Sele — 18. Hasler (Ospelt, 65'), 11. Salanovic (Marxer, 90').
Portugal (3-4-3, right to left): 12. Sa (GK)Read on sportingnews.com