Soccer-Portugal make light of Ronaldo’s absence to thump Croatia – Reuters India

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PORTO (Reuters) – Nations League holders Portugal made light of Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury absence as they swept aside Croatia 4-1 in their opener in the competition on Saturday.

Soccer Football – UEFA Nations League – League A – Group 3 – Portugal v Croatia – Estadio do Dragao, Porto, Portugal – September 5, 2020 Portugal’s Joao Cancelo celebrates scoring their first goal REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

European champions Portugal, in impressive form on their return to action after a 10-month new coronavirus hiatus, hit the woodwork three times before Joao Cancelo fired them ahead four minutes before halftime in the League A Group Three match.

Diogo Jota and Joao Felix both scored their first international goals in the second half before Bruno Petkovic pulled one back and Andre Silva then added a fourth.

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