Bruno Fernandes makes his mark in 50th Portugal outing
Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes provided two assists for Portugal as they kicked off their World Cup campaign with a 3-2 win over Ghana.
With the scores level at 1-1, Fernandes, on his 50th senior international outing, first set up Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix with an incisive through ball through the African nation’s defence.
Less than three minutes later, our playmaker was then on hand to provide again, this time for Milan’s Rafael Leao, who netted what turned out to be the game-winning goal in the Group H contest in Doha.
Bruno Fernandes’ game by numbers vs. Ghana:— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) November 24, 2022
100% aerial duels won
94% pass accuracy
5/6 long balls completed
4 ground duels won
3 key passes
2 big chances created
Crucial contribution. 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/aTCbfPYEEH
Fernandes’s pass to Felix was a goal worthy of putting Portugal back ahead before our no.8 then slid in Leao, who would make no mistake.
Osman Bukari netted late on to pull it back to 3-2, as a frantic second half continued, but the Europeans would hold on to secure all three points at Stadium 974.
Fernandes was also booked late on for a foul as Fernando Santos’s side attempted to run down the clock.
That fixture with the South Americans, who drew 0-0 with South Korea in their opener earlier, comes on Monday (19:00 GMT).