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Report: Portugal 3-0 Sweden

Portugal 3-0 Sweden Report: Portugal 3-0 Sweden

Portugal 3-0 Sweden Report: Portugal 3-0 Sweden

Diogo Jota scored twice and Portugal pulled over a brave Swedish side to stay at the top of Group A3.

Portugal-Sweden: reaction as it is

short match

The game got off to a breathless start and Diogo Jota opened wide fire within two minutes before William Carvalho made his way towards the post.

But while Mikael Lustig took a glorious chance at the top, it wasn't all one-way traffic.

And Diogo Jota deserved that miss when he selfishly set up Bernardo Silva to open the score.

Marcus Berg took charge at the other extreme, but doubled his lead when host João Cancelo found Diogo Jota a second time.

Rui Patrício rejected both Berg and Viktor Claessen after the timeout, but Diogo Jota sprinted onto the field to add a spectacular third before sending the ball past Robin Olsen.

Alexander Isak was also rejected by Rui Patrício, but in the end he seems more comfortable than for Portugal.

Carlos Machado, Portuguese correspondent

The biggest compliment you can give this team tonight is that they never missed their talisman, Ronaldo. Portugal had some luck, but Diogo Jota's effectiveness ahead of the goal made the difference. The Liverpool man scored two goals and another in a game where the result was much better than the Portuguese performance.

Sujay Dutt, Swedish correspondent

Sweden gave Portugal an early scare and then came close to both Lustig and Berg in the first half, so they didn't have the offensive edge. The problem was that Portugal was much sharper and cut when and where it hurt the Swedish defense the most. Beating the third goal in the second half, the Swedish spirits deflated even more and looked friendly for the final 20 minutes. A learning experience for a Swedish team in development.

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Key statistics

  • Portugal are undefeated in their last 20 home matches.
  • They have lost only three of their last 43 fixtures and have 26 wins.
  • Portugal, the winner of 2019, never lost a UEFA Nations League match (W7 D3)
  • Portugal have won by at least two goals in nine of their last 13 games.
  • Pepe became Portugal's fourth most capped player, beating Nani (112).
  • Sweden have lost their last four UEFA Nations League games and conceded just one goal in the process.
  • Sweden have lost only six of their last 23 games and have 11 wins.
  • 16 of Sweden's last 18 goals conceded came after 40 minutes. Twelve of these were after 58 minutes.

rosters

Portugal : Rui Patricio; João Cancelo, Pepe, Ruben Dias, Guerreiro; William Carvalho (João Moutinho 80), Bruno Fernandes (Renato Sanches 88), Danilo; Diogo Jota (Rafa Silva 88), João Félix (Podence 75), Bernardo Silva (André Silva 75).

Sweden: Olsen; Lustig (Johansson 54), Jansson, Lindelöf, Bengtsson; Kulusevsky, Olsson, Ekdal, Claesson; Berg (M.Osson 88), Quaison (Isak 62).

What's next?

Sweden welcomes Croatia on Sunday (November 14th), while Portugal is at home against France.

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