Portugal stormed to a 4-0 win over the Czech Republic of their Nations League group A2 match on Saturday because of a Diogo Dalot double and strikes by Bruno Fernandes and Diogo Jota.
The victory units up a crunch conflict for the Portuguese on Tuesday at residence to Spain, who misplaced 2-1 to guests Switzerland, realizing a draw might be sufficient to succeed in the ultimate 4.
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Portugal lead the group on 10 factors forward of Spain on eight after 5 matches with one recreation left to play.
The Portuguese managed possession and opened the scoring within the thirty third minute when Rafael Leao swung a cross into the world and Dalot fired previous goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
Fernandes doubled the lead for the guests in added time on the finish of the primary half when he surged into the field and transformed a cross from shut vary. Patrik Schick then blazed a penalty over the bar for the Czechs simply earlier than the break.
Dalot netted his second quickly after the interval with Jota rounding out the scoring within the 82nd minute to depart the 2019 winners in pole place to succeed in the semifinals.
“I feel an important factor was the nice recreation we performed collectively,” Dalot stated. “The outcome speaks for itself. We performed a terrific recreation and we deserved to win.
“Whether or not Spain had gained or not tonight, it does not change our strategy. We’ll go to the sport [against Spain] in Braga on Tuesday decided to win, realizing that it is going to be sophisticated and that we should do our half to be within the subsequent section.”