Portugal played out a 2-2 draw with France at Euro 2020 last night, and reported Wolverhampton Wanderers target Joao Palhinha finally got some minutes.
It was a hectic night, that saw the standings change multiple times.
In the end, France topped the group. Germany went through as runners-up and Portugal were third.
Arguably, France and Portugal put on one of the best games so far.
The game was of great interest to Wolves fans, with Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Nelson Semedo all starting.
Palhinha was substitued on at half-time in place of Danilo Pereira.
The 25-year-old gave a really good account of himself as the midfield anchor.
He was really assured, tidy in possession and broke up French attacks.
He also played one or two lovely Ruben Neves-esque long balls out wide.
At one point, Palhinha got rounded by Paul Pogba on the edge of his box, but he then got his own back minutes later, winning possession before putting the ball through the Manchester United star’s legs.
It was certainly a promising cameo, which drew plenty of praise from fans on social media.
My individual highlights. Renato Sanches and Bernardo Silva outstanding in the first half. Portugal’s best player in the second half was João Palhinha. Made a very strong case to start v Belgium. Ronaldo ice-cold when it mattered. And that Patrício save… no words.
— Tom Kundert (@PortuGoal1) June 23, 2021
João Palhinha’s confidence when it comes to long switches of play is admiring, gladly crosses the ball across the pitch. Often with great accuracy as well.
— Marcus Bring (@MarcusBr22) June 23, 2021
Palhinha/Renato have to start.
Palhinha was class, so composed, and went on a brilliant run that included nut megging Pogba on the half way line.
— Butabi Bros. Ass Grabbing Inc (@WormsAndCheese) June 23, 2021
this Palhinha kid is class
— Naldo (@NaldoUtd) June 23, 2021
Palhinha is a class act
— Mr 1-5 (@MIKassim) June 23, 2021
Palhinha. Class act.
— Horace (@our_stefan) June 23, 2021
Palhinha’s been quality, his battle with Pogba since coming on has been entertaining.
— Zuhair (@NotZuZmeister) June 23, 2021
Brilliant from Palhinha. Should be starting
— SHARKY (@Belgian_Hotspur) June 23, 2021