Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

Photo: Wikipedia Commons/Fanny Schertzer

The Seleção continued their run of impressive form by beating Croatia 1-0 in an international friendly on Monday in Geneva. The win comes just days after Paulo Bento’s club defeated Russia in a crucial World Cup qualifying match.

Paulo Bento fielded a squad that was a mixture of regular starters and bench players. Although Fábio Coentrão, João Moutinho and Cristiano Ronaldo started the match. Eduardo received a rare start in goal over Rui Patricio.

The Seleção began the match brightly, creating several good chances in the opening half hour. In the 36th minute, Cristiano Ronaldo took control of the ball just outside the box and struck a good shot past Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subašić.

The goal was a well deserved one for Portugal’s captain after inspiring displays in back-to-back matches for the national team. Ronaldo was unlucky not to score another before half-time after a brilliantly executed header bounced off the crossbar and out.

With Ronaldo substituted at half-time, the second half saw a more balanced display from both teams, with good chances being rare on both sides. Croatia was unable to challenge Eduardo in any meaningful way and Portugal held on for the deserving victory.

FC Porto defender Sereno and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Andre Martins would receive their first international caps after coming on as second half substitutes. Portugal will go into the summer break with a renewed sense of confidence after several strong performances.

Paulo Bento looked noticeably pleased with his club’s performance after the final whistle and praised his club’s recent positive form to journalists after the match.

“That makes it three consecutive victories in different contexts: two official matches, with Azerbaijan and Russia, and today in a different context, which could be difficult sometimes especially in the last match of the campaign. But it was a good response from a group that demonstrated coesion and allowed me to use every player over the last two matches.”

“It was also the third straight game that we did not concede a goal. We did not allow many chances, despite there being a few moments in the first half. We faced a good team, but I think the outcome was very well deserved.”

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