(EFE) .- Portugal He did not miss Cristiano Ronaldo today, low after testing positive for COVID-19, and beat the selection of Sweden (3-0) with the leadership of his substitute, Diogo Jota, who revolutionized the game with two goals and one assist.
The absence of its captain did not prevent Portugal from reaping a triumph that allowed it to remain leader of group 3 of the League of Nations, with 10 points and tied with France, while Sweden, who enjoyed some occasions but He did not know how to specify facing the goal, sank further into last position, with no points.
The coach Fernando Santos chose to align the Liverpool forward in Cristiano’s place and add him to a line of attack in which João Félix and Bernardo Silva were already, a decision that was successful and with which Portugal showed a punch that had been absent in recent games.
The “quinas” came from two consecutive draws to zero, one in the friendly with Spain and another in the League of Nations match against France.
In the end, the goals came against the Nordics, despite the fact that their main reference, Cristiano, watched the game on TV from his home in Turin, where he arrived this Wednesday to fulfill the rest of the quarantine.
Jota, former Atlético de Madrid -although he never got to play with the colchoneros-, already warned Sweden in the second minute with a shot that brushed the goal, but its effectiveness would come a little later.
In minute 21, he received a pass from Bruno Fernandes and, at the entrance of the area, He masterfully placed the ball on Bernardo Silva so that Manchester City’s man could do the first.
Portugal’s second goal came to the edge of the break. This time it was João Cancelo who put a great pass from the right side to Diogo Jota who, after controlling inside the area, He sent the ball to the back of the net and opened his personal scoring account.
Sweden had their clearest chance in the 13th minute, with a corner shot that Lustig sent over the crossbar, but was unable to overcome the Portuguese superiority.
The Nordics came in strong in the second half, but once again it was Portugal who prevailed in the game.
The Portuguese team was able to extend their advantage in the 67th minute again thanks to the brilliance of Diogo Jota, who put the ball to João Félix, but the mattress was left alone in front of the goalkeeper after beating the defense and, at the last moment, the commanded up.
The Liverpool youth saved the best for last.
Five minutes after Félix’s chance, Jota finished an individual play in which he left two defenders, cut the goalkeeper and made the third with his right, to sentence the game.
The 23-year-old left the pitch in the 86th minute to the applause of the 5,000 people who occupied the Alvalade stands, authorized in a pilot-match that will serve to evaluate the possible return of the public to Portuguese football.