UEFA Nations League: Portugal beat Czechs with two goals in five minutes

Portugal scored twice in five minutes to beat the Czech Republic in the UEFA Nations League on Thursday (9 June). The win opened up a two-point lead for Portugal at the top of Group A2. Joao Cancelo and Goncalo Guedes scored the winning goals in the 33rd and 38th minute respectively. This victory in Lisbon underlined Portugal’s strong start to the tournament.

Portugal are now two points ahead of Spain. They have won two and drawn in their first three matches.

The Czech Republic started the match level on points with their opponents but fell to third place, after Spain beat Switzerland 1-0 in Geneva.

The Czech team will travel to Spain on Sunday while Portugal will play an away match in Switzerland.

Portugal had to go through the play-offs to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar, beating Turkey and North Macedonia to avoid an embarrassing exit.

But the convincing victory came after they drew 1-1 with Spain in their opener before beating Switzerland 4-0 in the second, with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring twice.

Cancelo also got on the scoresheet there and the Manchester City defender scored twice in as many appearances scoring just after the half-hour mark against the Czechs.

It came from brilliant work by Bernardo Silva, who cleared down the right and found his City team-mate inside, who fired a shot.

Five minutes later it was two and once again Bernardo was at the heart of the game, sliding past Guedes, who swept away a superb finish past Jindrich Stanek.

(With agency contributions)

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