Cristiano Ronaldo had a difficult evening on Saturday. Despite Portugal’s victory against the Czech Republic (4-0), the Portuguese striker did not have a great success.
Ronaldo, with a bloody nose, after air collision with Vaclik
Saturday afternoon was good for Portugal, but not necessarily for Cristiano Ronaldo (37). With his head down, the Portuguese striker returned to the locker room after his team’s great victory against the Czech Republic (4-0).
Ronaldo is going through a rough patch
The five-time Ballon d’Or winner had something to collectively rejoice after a success that saw the Seleo overtake Spain at the top of their Nations League group. But he was probably frustrated on a personal level at the end of a game that didn’t really allow him to calm down, he’s having a difficult start to the season at club level.
Little used by Erik ten Hag at Manchester United, the club he tried to leave this summer, CR7 has only started three games as a starter this season (1 in the Premier League, 2 in the Europa League). For the rest, the Lusitanian settles for 20 to 30 minutes per game when entering the game in the second half. And the record is unusual for such a player – only 1 goal (from a penalty) in 8 games.
A bad first period…
On Saturday, Ronaldo did not take advantage of his team’s great victory to shake the nets. It must be said that his game began with a violent aerial collision with the Czech goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik. Sonn’s nose has already exploded, he took a long time to get up. It took several minutes for the medical staff to stop the nosebleed, but the red devil was finally able to take his place. But probably not all minds of him…
Minutes later, the ex-Madrilenian offered himself a huge rat. On a Bruno Fernandes cross, he completely missed his volley and wasted a real scoring opportunity. And in the other area, he also stood out by conceding a penalty just before the break, being guilty of a handball in a corner. Difficult to do worse in the first 45 minutes for the Mancunian, who could still be satisfied with Patrick Schick’s penalty miss.
decisive despite everything
His outing to second really didn’t allow him to settle down. Ronaldo even disappeared from the debates for long minutes. Before finally being decisive in the 82nd minute by deflecting a headed corner for Diogo Jota to score at the far post, his 43rd decisive pass in a Portugal shirt but above all his first decisive gesture in the match this season. Insufficient to completely return the smile to a star who will try to do better on Tuesday against Spain, in a decisive match for qualification for the Final Four. Just what is needed CR7 that has built part of his legend on the big posters.
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