Portugal vs Czech Republic player ratings: Missing Cristiano Ronaldo bailed out by Francisco Conceicao as Selecao claim latest victory in Euro 2024 opener


GOAL rates all the Portuguese players present as Roberto Martinez’s substitutes combined to secure a dramatic late victory in Leipzig.

For a long, long time, it didn’t seem to be Portugal’s night – or Cristiano Ronaldo’s for that matter. The Selecao skipper wasted two good chances in the first half before the Czech Republic took the full advantage against the run of play thanks to a fine shot from Lukas Provod from outside the box.

Then, after Portugal had secured the equalizer thanks to a ridiculous and completely avoidable Robin Hrnac goal (his goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek had inexplicably pushed a weak header down into a crowded six-yard box), Ronaldo then had the misfortune of getting lost from time to time. slightly offside before hitting the post with a header that Diogo Jota nodded away.

However, as the match entered injury time, two substitutes combined to score the winner, with Francisco Conceicao palming home Pedro Neto’s deflected cross to give an unimpressive Portugal and a misfiring Ronaldo a 2-1 victory that they didn’t deserve it.

Below, AIM evaluates all the Seleçao players present in Leipzig…

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