European champions Portugal had been held to a 0-0 design by Ukraine of their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Friday asCristiano Ronaldoreturned for the main time since the World Cup.
Ukraine’s old goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov kept Portugal at bay with loads of elegant saves in the main hour sooner than the hosts ran out of tips in the Community B game.
“The crew had some appropriate moments and a few hard moments, we didn’t prefer three or four chances in the main half of,” mentioned Portugal coach Fernando Santos, whose aspect agree with a difficult match at residence to Serbia on Monday.
“Now we agree with to unwind and judge Serbia. Or no longer it’s a bit of a blow to our morale however the gamers will derive over it.”
Portugal had an early goal chalked off whenWilliam Carvalho‘s header became once dominated offside and defender Pepe then produced a ambitious volley which the 34-12 months-former Pyatov did wisely to flip over.
Ronaldo, uncared for of the Worldwide locations Cup matches in the autumn by mutual consent with Santos, then sprang into circulate as he twice received free on the left.
First he chop inside of his marker and produced a snapshot which Pyatov saved along with his legs and rapidly afterwards he opted to exit of doorways Serhiy Kryvtsov and fired in a low, left-foot shot which the goalkeeper but again stopped.
The Ukraine captain saved his fully for the 56th minute when he brilliantly turned awayAndre Silva‘s goal-go shot with a one-handed attach.
WithBernardo Silvaincessantly dribbling into dead-ends, Portugal started to lose composure as both Joao Cancelo and Ronaldo despatched wayward crosses straight into contact.
Portugal then had a let off when goalkeeperRui PatricioblockedYevhen Konoplyanka‘s shot — Ukraine’s fully effort no longer off beam in the match — and Ukraine debutant Junior Moraes observed his shot from the rebound blocked.
A late likelihood went begging for Portugal when substitute Rafa Silva missed his kick after a low Ronaldo awful came upon him in the house.
Within the opposite Community B game, Luxemburg came from in the help of to insist a surprise 2-1 select over Lithuania.
Fiodor Cernych received in the help of the Luxemburg defence to inaugurate the scoring from a slim perspective in the 14th minute and Lithuania seemed gay tillLeandro Barreirolatched on toVincent Thill‘s toddle to diploma on the stroke of halftime.
Ten minutes after the spoil, Gerson Rodrigues netted with a curling, lengthy-vary shot to enable Luxemburg to bid no longer lower than about a days on top of the team.