Ronaldo-less Portugal sees off Italy, Mitrovic brace not enough for Serbia.


The UEFA Nations League continued to serve us with high calibre and intensity matches as action continued across Europe.

5 time ballon d’or winner Ronaldo was absent for Portugal against 2006 World Cup Champions Italy but that did not stop Portugal from getting a competitive  win over Italy for the first time since 1957.

Portugal  got their Nations League campaign underway with a 1-0 victory against Italy at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz.

Portugal  will be more than satisfied with getting three points  in the Group A3 clash in Lisbon.

Portugal got on the score sheet at the start of the second half when Sevilla loanee Andre Silva curled a shot into the bottom corner in the 48th minute.

Italy will toil and toil to get an equalizer with Immobile and Zaza guilty of missing chances aplenty to leave the scoreline at 1-0.

Emre Akbaba was the hero for  Turkey as a late brace from him helped Turkey  to a dramatic 3-2 win against Sweden in their Group B2 encounter.

In a topsy-turvy encounter,

Isaac Kiese Thelin opened the scoring for Sweden turning in the rebound after his header had come back off a post.

Viktor Claesson made it two with a thumping 30-yard strike, only for Hakan Calhanoglu to pull one back shortly afterwards with a low drive from the right of the area.

It was 2-2 after 88 minutes when neat interplay ended with Akbaba lashing the ball into the roof of the net, and there was still time for the Galatasaray midfielder to head home a winner in the second minute of stoppage time.

In-form Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic scored twice but Serbia were held to a 2-2 draw at home by Romania in Group C4.

He bundled in the first from on the floor, while his second, after Nicolae Stanciu had levelled from the penalty spot, was lashed home on the volley after the ball had sat up nicely in a crowded penalty area.

George Tucudean turned the ball home at the near post from a corner to grab Romania a point.

In the same group, goals from Stefan Savic and Marko Jankovic earned Montenegro a 2-0 win over Lithuania.

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