Por­tu­gal keeps win­ning with­out Ron­aldo

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Sports -

MADRID — No

Ron­aldo, no prob­lem.

Euro­pean cham­pion Por­tu­gal sparkled on Thurs­day de­spite the ab­sence of its star for­ward, de­feat­ing Poland to move a step closer to the last four of the UEFA Na­tions League.

With young Sevilla striker An­dre Silva scor­ing again, Por­tu­gal won 3-2 in Chor­zow to take con­trol of Group 3 of the top-tier League A in Europe's new­est com­pe­ti­tion.

Por­tu­gal now has six points from two games, five points ahead of Poland and Italy. Only the group win­ner ad­vances to June's last four.

A draw be­tween Poland and Italy in Chor­zow on Sun­day will guar­an­tee Por­tu­gal as the group win­ner. Por­tu­gal plays a friendly in Scot­land the same day. Cris­tiano

"Over­all we dom­i­nated," Por­tu­gal coach Fer­nando San­tos said. "Poland started well and scored, but we were able to take con­trol and were de­served win­ners."

It was Por­tu­gal's third straight game with­out Ron­aldo, who hasn't played an in­ter­na­tional since his trans­fer from Real Madrid to Ju­ven­tus in the sum­mer.

Ron­aldo has also been the re­cent sub­ject of rape al­le­ga­tions. The 33-year-old for­ward de­nies any wrong­do­ing.

Genoa striker Krzysztof Pi­atek, Serie A's lead­ing scorer, gave Poland an 18th-minute lead with his first in­ter­na­tional goal.

The vis­i­tors equal­ized with a closerange ef­fort from Silva af­ter a pass from Pizzi Fer­nan­des in the 32nd. It was his sev­enth goal in Por­tu­gal's last six com­pet­i­tive away games.

Por­tu­gal made it 2-1 just be­fore half­time with an own goal from de­fender Kamil Glik.

"The two goals we con­ceded in the first half dam­aged our con­fi­dence and heav­ily in­flu­enced the game," Poland coach Jerzy Brzeczek said.

Bernardo Silva added the third goal with a long-range shot in the 52nd minute be­fore Jakub Blaszczykowski marked his record 103rd cap for Poland by pulling one back with a low vol­ley in the 77th.

Blaszczykowski has now eclipsed Michal Zewlakow on the all-time list of Poland ap­pear­ances.

Robert Le­wandowski made his 100th ap­pear­ance but was un­able to add to his tally of 55 Poland goals.

Nati Harnik) (AP Photo/

Box­ers Jose Be­navidez Jr. (right) of Phoenix, and Ter­ence "Bud" Craw­ford of Omaha face each other dur­ing a news con­fer­ence in Omaha, Neb., Thurs­day, Oct. 11, 2018, ahead of their wel­ter­weight WBO world ti­tle bout on Satur­day. There has been fric­tion be­tween Be­navidez and Craw­ford since Fe­bru­ary, when Be­navidez ac­cused Craw­ford, the champ, of duck­ing him.

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