The third match of Portugal against Switzerland in the UEFA Nations League did not start as planned..
Take note that Switzerland – striker Seferovic hit an early header in the first minute to give Yakin and his team the lead.
Note, however, that Portugal continued to dominate the game, even though they didn’t score in the first half. Santos brought in the likes of Jota, Guedes and Bernardo Silva in the second half, but no goals were scored.
Clearly, the talk points of the game were Shaqiri’s first half injury, Cristiano Ronaldo’s absence from the team, Portugal’s poor defending for Switzerland’s 1st minute goal, and the VAR intervention, though this article is going to concentrate on just how Ronaldo’s absence from the Portugal team explains his value to the Portugal team. Take a look!
1. In the Final third, Portugal Struggled.
The likes of Leao, Otavio and Bruno produced final passes in the box against Switzerland, but Portugal cost it of confidence with the finishes. Remember that Portugal did not score against Spain until Ronaldo came on the pitch. Ronaldo started against Switzerland In the first leg, and Portugal scored four goals. Portugal also scored two goals versus the Czech Republic, a game in which Ronaldo had started. Ronaldo’s absence explains his significance to the Portugal team, since the team finds it hard to score. Note that although he rarely scores goals, the Manchester United striker generally has an impact on the attacking play of Portugal..