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Felix’s technical quality works when Portugal come together - Santos

Wed 31 March 2021 | 12:12

Although Portugal international Felix is not expected to be combative, Fernando Santos urges him to show more potentials.




with a 3-1 result on Tuesday and climbed to the top of the World Cup qualifying Group A.

Gerson Rodrigues helped his side take the lead but Diogo Jota, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Joao Palhinha secured Portugal’s victory.

Jota’s goal was scored with the help of

Pedro Neto

, who replaced

Joao Felix

40 minutes into the game. The 21-year-old has had his first qualifying campaign start but he sustained an ankle injury in Luxembourg’s box and it was his only attempt. Neto, However, contributed two assists and earned praise from

Fernando Santos



Neto had different movement, another dynamic, he looked for depth, he went looking for the ball,"

Santos said.

"He always participated in defensive actions. Joao always had more difficulty. He has his own way of playing, he is not a combative player, we are not expecting that either.

"He has a lot of technical quality, he has the quality to make a difference, but we all have to be together so that these things can work."

Ronaldo scored his 103rd goal for his country and it takes him six goals away from Iran legend Ali Daei’s record.


Technical quality alone doesn't win here, if we don't balance these important factors,"

 Santos added. 

"It's not that the players don't want to. We had difficulties. But then there was an instant reaction, we scored in an important moment.

"The second half was [better]. The goals appeared and we could have scored more. We had opportunities."

source: SportMob