Knocked out by Uruguay in the World Cup, Ronaldo is coming to the end of his Portugal career.
Portugal UEFA Nations League Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide
Portugal 1 vs Italy 0
Portugal – 1 Rui Patrício, 2 Cavaco Cancelo, 3 Pepe, 6 Rúben Dias, 19 Mário Rui, 20 Afonso Fernandes, 13 Neves, 14 William Carvalho, 11 Bernardo Silva, 9 André Silva, 7 Tué Na Bangna
Italy – 22 Donnarumma, 15 Lazzari, 13 Caldara, 6 Romagnoli, 4 Criscito, 14 Chiesa, 23 Cristante, 5 Jorginho, 8 Bonaventura, 7 Zaza, 17 Immobile
Andre Silva scored the winner for Portugal and they sit atop their table.
After starting the World Cup in a stunning fashion, Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to secure a draw against Spain, Portugal clearly struggled to create enough chances necessary to win at the highest level. Aside from Ronaldo, nobody else really looked threatening and considering he is ageing and does not have many international tournaments left in him, Portugal and coach Fernando Santos must find a replacement for the Juventus man soon. To top that off their centre-back pairing of Jose Fonte and Pepe looked completely past it, especially facing Uruguay in the knockout stages.
Fernando Santos, age 63 (10.10.54)
Having replaced Paulo Bento, it is now three years at the helm for a man who can rightly be considered as the best coach in Portugal’s history. His current contract runs until 2020.
Portugal UEFA Nations League Group
Portugal UEFA Nations League Fixtures
Portugal UEFA Nations League Squad
Portugal UEFA Nations League squad – Cristiano Ronaldo has been rested from the first round of matches in the tournament.
GOALKEEPERS: Beto (Goztepe), Claudio Ramos (Tondela), Rui Patricio (Wolves)
DEFENDERS: Cedric Soares (Southampton), Joao Cancelo (Juventus), Luis Neto (Zenit St Petersburg), Mario Rui (Napoli), Pedro Mendes (Montpellier), Pepe (Besiktas), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund), Ruben Dias (Benfica)
MIDFIELDERS: Bruno Fernandes (Sporting), Gedson Fernandes (Benfica), Pizzi (Benfica), Renato Sanches (Bayern Munich), Ruben Neves (Wolves), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis)
FORWARDS: Andre Silva (Sevilla), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City), Bruma (RB Leipzig), Gelson Martins (Atletico Madrid), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia), Rony Lopes (Monaco)
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