Portugal were in Nations League action last night – and it was another solid outing for Wolves star Ruben Neves.
The 25-year-old started in the 2-0 victory, playing 88 minutes on his 29th cap.
He formed a midfield trio, along with William Carvalho and Bernando Silva. Joao Moutinho was on the bench this time, but replaced Neves at the end.
2019 champions Portugal scored their goals within a five-minute period.
Joao Cancelo opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark, rifling in a shot from a tight angle after a good ball from Silva.
Goncalo Guedes, who has been linked with Wolves, then added a second, also scoring from a tight angle from another Silva through ball.
Czech Republic came in to this game in decent form, but it was a relatively comfortable evening for Portugal, who controlled possession.
Central to Portugal’s ability to keep the ball was Wanderers maestro Neves, who was playing at the base of the midfield.
According to Sofascore data, he completed 89 accurate passes (from 104 attempted, 86% accuracy), which was the most of any player on the pitch. He also had the joint-most touches with 115 along with Joao Cancelo.
The result means Portugal are now top of Group 2 in League A.
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It was by no means a Neves masterclass, but the star looked more than comfortable playing for his country in a competitive match.
The star continues to be linked with an exit from Molineux this summer, and him putting in performances like against Czech Republic don’t make things any easier.
He is simply a class act. And he is going to get even better in a few years.