Portugal 4-0 Israel: Bruno Fernandes shines in big pre-Euro victory

Portugal brushed Israel aside 4-0 in a friendly game in Lisbon.

Bruno Fernandes scored a brace coupled with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo. The defending European champions secured an emphatic victory in their final warm-up game before the Euros.

Fernandes opened the scoring for Portugal with a thumping finish into the bottom corner in the 42nd minute. Ronaldo doubled their advantage just two minutes later.

Cancelo then joined the act with just four minutes of normal time remaining. Bruno Fernandes beautifully rounded off the night with a peach of a volley in stoppage time.

The hosts were no match for Israel, who were second-best in the game by a distance and the scoreline perfectly reflected that.

William Carvalho – 7/10

Defensively, Carvalho was spotless. He recovered the ball excellently and passed it forward to instigate attacks, a trait which even culminated in Portugal’s second goal. Carvalho lacked a cutting edge when it came upon him to go at the Israeli defense directly.

Bernardo Silva – 7/10

Silva was a constant outlet for Portugal with his forward runs and laid some excellent crosses too. But his finishing let him down, missing two good chances tonight. Silva missed a one-on-one in the second-half and he ought to find his shooting boots soon.

Bruno Fernandes – 9/10

Two sublime goals and an assist for the Manchester United talisman who oversaw his best game in Portuguese colors. If he performs at these levels at the Euros too, then the opposition defenses will have a lot to worry about.

Here are the player ratings for Portugal.

Pepe – 7.5/10

Thirty-eight and still going strong, Pepe didn’t put a wrong foot forward for Portugal. He never drifted too far off his line and made some crucial blocks and interceptions whenever Israel found their way into the Portuguese box.

Ruben Dias – 7/10

The PFA Player of the Year was tidy in possession and worked comfortably alongside the experienced Pepe. This partnership has the potential to shine at the Euros.

Nelson Mendes – 8/10

Mendes was a revelation tonight, impressing both technically and physically. His maturity on the ball went beyond his years. Mendes played like a seasoned professional, although this was only his 49th career game! Portugal’s next big thing?

Cristiano Ronaldo – 7/10

Like much of Portugal’s attack early on, he too lacked a cutting edge in the final third. Despite that, Ronaldo scored a goal in the first-half. His tally now stands at 104, just five off Ali Daei’s (Iran) all-time record of top goalscorer for any country.

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