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Czech Republic v Portugal Live Commentary, 24/09/2022

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CZE
POR
Diogo Dalot (33)
Bruno Fernandes (45+2)
Diogo Dalot (52)
Diogo Jota (82)
Fortuna Arena

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With Spain losing to Switzerland, it means the final round of games in A2 should be an interesting one. Portugal will take on Spain, with the two vying for a place in the finals, while Switzerland will take on the Czech Republic, with both hoping to avoid relegation.
Portugal dominated large portions of the game and consistently threatened the Czech backline. After Dalot and Fernandes scored the first two goals, the hosts had a chance to get back in it but were unable to convert a penalty, with Schick missing the target completely. In the second half, Dalot got his brace, and substitute Jota headed home a late goal.
90' + 2' FULL TIME: CZECH REPUBLIC 0-4 PORTUGAL
90' + 1' Vaclik almost drops the ball in front of Ronaldo, but he reacts quickly before he can make the scoreline worse for himself.
90' Neves wants in on the goal party as he attempts a long-range shot, but it's off target.
90' There will be two minutes of added time.
88' That goal was Jota's first since April, with the striker not having scored for club or country in five months.
João Mário
Danilo Pereira
Portugal
84' Mario comes on on for Pereira.
Diogo Jota
Goal
Portugal
82' GOOOALLL! Portugal have scored a fourth. From a corner, Ronaldo heads it towards the net, and Jota waits for it to bounce before heading it in himself at the near post. Czech Republic 0-4 Portugal.
Cristiano Ronaldo
Assist
Portugal
82' Ronaldo was able to rise above the rest, and while he was aiming for goal, his header was the perfect pass for his teammate to nod home.
81' Schick turns and tries a desperate effort from distance, but it is nowhere near the target. It certainly has not been the striker's best performance today.
J. Kuchta
T. Souček
Czech Republic
77' Soucek, the Czech captain, comes off to cheers and is replaced by Kuchta.
Matheus Nunes
Bruno Fernandes
Portugal
77' Fernandes also makes way for Nunes.
João Palhinha
William Carvalho
Portugal
77' Some more subs from Portugal, as they look to rest their key players with Carvalho coming off for Palhinha.
71' The Czech Republic are just extremely lacklustre with the ball, and they don't have much creativity in terms of trying to break down this Portugal side.
Ricardo Horta
Bernardo Silva
Portugal
67' And Horta comes on for Silva.
Diogo Jota
Rafael Leão
Portugal
67' And now some subs for the visitors as Leao comes off for Jota.
A. Vlkanova
J. Zelený
Czech Republic
64' Zeleny comes off for Vlkanova.
V. Černý
A. Hložek
Czech Republic
64' Cerny comes on for Hlozek.
P. Ševčík
A. Barák
Czech Republic
63' Barak makes way for Sevcik in the first substitution of the night.
58' There is a possible handball here as the ball is deflected off a Portuguese defender. The hosts want a call, but the referee waves play on.
56' Dalot has scored his first ever two goals for the international team tonight.
Bruno Fernandes
Assist
Portugal
52' It's a Man United link-up in Prague, as Fernandes was the one who laid it off to the right-back.
Diogo Dalot
Goal
Portugal
52' GOOOOOALLLLLL!!! Portugal have their third, and now it really looks like it is game over for the Czech Republic. It's Dalot again who makes some space for himself and then fires it from distance into the bottom left corner. Czech Republic 0-3 Portugal.
48' The Czechs' first corner of the half is cleared quickly. A big performance is now needed from the visitors if they want anything from this game.
46' And we're back under way!
With Spain currently losing to Switzerland, as it stands, Portugal are now top of League A Group 2 with 10 points, and the Czech Republic are bottom with four points.
Portugal were all over the Czechs for most of the half and committed to the game-plan of crossing the ball into the box against the hosts' back three. It led to goals from Dalot and Fernandes. Late in added time, Ronaldo conceded a penalty for handball in the box, which was confirmed by VAR. However, Schick was unable to capitalise on the opportunity, missing the target completely.
45' + 6' HALF-TIME: CZECH REPUBLIC 0-2 PORTUGAL
P. Schick
Penalty Miss
Czech Republic
45' + 6' HE'S MISSED! SCHICK STEPS UP FOR THE PENALTY AND AND HIS SHOT GOES OVER THE BAR. An opportunity squandered!
45' + 5' IT'S A PENALTY! The ref doesn't take long to point to the spot after deciding that was a handball, and the hosts have a chance to pull one back!
45' + 2' We have a penalty check here, as the ball has seemed to hit Ronaldo's shoulder. The referee is taking a look at the monitor.
Mário Rui
Assist
Portugal
45' + 2' Rui's cross in was perfect for Fernandes to pounce on before the Czech defence could react.
Bruno Fernandes
Goal
Portugal
45' + 2' GOOOOALLLLL!! IT'S TWO! And it comes from the same move that Portugal have been doing over and over again. A cross comes in, and Fernandes bursts in between two defenders and strikes it into the back of the net. Czech Republic 0-2 Portugal.
43' BIG SAVE! William comes up for the header, and it's on target, but Vaclik lifts his arms quickly and catches the ball.
39' Ronaldo gets the chance to shoot, but his volley is well over the bar.
36' Kral attempts a cross, and while it is horribly mishit, he almost scores at the near post.
Rafael Leão
Assist
Portugal
33' It is a fantastic effort from Leao, who ensured that the ball stayed in and kept the chance alive.
Diogo Dalot
Goal
Portugal
33' GOOOOOAAAAAAAAALLLLLL!!! A cross comes in from Fernandes, but no one is there to connect. Leao puts the ball back into the box, and Dalot hammers it home. Czech Republic 0-1 Portugal.
32' Barak rises up to meet a cross in the air, but his header goes wide.
30' Thirty minutes have past, and neither team has registered a shot on target.
24' Portugal break quickly, and Fernandes passes the ball to Ronaldo right in the middle of the box. Despite having no defender near him, he completely scuffs his shot, the ball going sideways.
O. Kúdela
J. Brabec
Czech Republic
22' An early substitution, as Brabec limps off and is replaced by Kudela.
21' Schick is now receiving treatment on his hand, which has several bleeding gashes due to an earlier collision. He gets it wrapped, and is back on the pitch.
19' Ronaldo, whose nose is all bandaged up, is back on the pitch.
17' Schick attempts a bicycle kick after the cross in, but he just misses the ball.
16' After some treatment, Ronaldo is forced to come off while play continues. For now, the visitors will play with 10 men.
14' Big collision here! Ronaldo goes up for a header, but Vaclik's arm hits him square in the face as he reaches for the ball, leading to a heavy nosebleed. The Portuguese players want a penalty, but Ronaldo was offside anyway.
12' A pass comes into the box, and while Brabec blocks it, the ball ends up at the feet of Diaz, whose shot hits the side netting.
10' The ball finds Neves at the edge of the box, and he shoots, but it's wide.
9' Silva and Fernandes with some passing on the right before the latter crosses it into the box, but Soucek does well to intercept the ball.
5' The Czech are on the attack again, with Schick cutting inside and taking a shot that's off target.
4' Jemelka with the first shot of the game, but it's well high and wide.
1' The referee has blown his whistle, and we are under way!
In his three matches against the Czech Republic, Ronaldo has scored twice and registered one assist.
Dalot comes into the Portugal team as Cancelo picked up his second yellow card of the tournament against Switzerland, making him suspended for this one. Ronaldo starts, meaning this will be his 190th appearance for the national team.
The Czech Republic welcome Schick back as he returns to the squad for the first time in over six months due to his injury. Tomas Vaclik comes back into the starting 11, as he is chosen over Ales Mandous.
SUBS: Rui Patricio, Tiago Djalo, Nuno Mendes, Joao Palhinha, Goncalo Ramos, Matheus Nunes, Jose Sa, Vitinha, Joao Mario, Ricardo Horta, Diogo Jota, Pedro Neto.
PORTUGAL (4-2-3-1): Diogo Costa; Diogo Dalot, Ruben Dias, Danilo Pereira, Mario Rui; Ruben Neves, William Carvalho; Rafael Leao, Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva; Cristiano Ronaldo.
SUBS: Lukas Kalvach, Jan Kuchta, Milan Havel, Adam Vlkanova, Jindrich Stanek, Ondrej Kudela, Stanislav Tecl, Vaclav Cerny, Petr Sevcik, Jiri Pavlenka.
CZECH REPUBLIC (3-4-3): Tomas Vaclik; David Zima, Jakub Brabec, Vaclav Jemelka; Vladimir Coufal, Tomas Soucek, Alex Kral, Jaroslav Zeleny; Antonin Barak, Patrik Schick, Adam Hlozek.
Portugal are looking to keep their chance of heading to the finals berth alive as they are currently second in League A Group 2, one point behind Spain. The Czech Republic are third and looking to make sure that they don't suffer the relegation drop.
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