Portugal were in action against Azerbaijan last night, and Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho produced a fine performance in a 1-0 win for the reigning champions of Europe.

The 34-year-old was appearing for his 128th cap, starting alongside his Molineux teammate Ruben Neves in central midfield.

The star has had a tricky old season back in the Black Country, but here he looked more like the player who first came to Wolves.

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Moutinho actually only played the first-half before being replaced by Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes, but was excellent in Turin.

The former AS Monaco maestro completed 55/57 passes on the night meaning an accuracy of 96% according to Sofascore, and he also won all three of the duels he contested.

He made three key passes as well, and also had his eye in for the long ball, completing five out of five.

Overall, it was a dominant display from Portugal despite the narrow margin of victory in the end.

A good chance for Moutinho to find mojo again

He’s made a great start to the international break, and hopefully Moutinho can continue to shine for his country while having his minutes managed carefully.

Portugal v Azerbaijan - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier
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Most Wolves fans accept that Moutinho hasn’t had the best of seasons, but class is permanent and hopefully he can return to Molineux having found his mojo again.

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