Portugal recorded an emphatic 5-0 win over Luxembourg in World Cup qualifying last night – and Wolves star Ruben Neves recorded his first-ever assist for his country.
Fernando Santos’ side are now a point behind Serbia in Group A, with the two nations set to meet in the final game.
It was Cristiano Ronaldo who once again stole all the headlines.
The 36-year-old hit a hat-trick, the 10th time he has achieved the feat on the international stage.
The superstar is now pulling well clear at the top of the goalscoring charts in men’s international football. He is now on 115 goals, after recently surpassing Ali Daei’s tally of 109.
Ronaldo’s third goal of the night was put on a plate for him by none other than Molineux maestro Neves.
Neves had been named on the bench by Santos, but was subbed on for Joao Palhinha with around 20 minutes to go.
It did not take the 24-year-old long to impose himself on the game.
Neves picked the ball up from a deep left position and delivered an absolutely stunning lofted ball into the box for Ronaldo, who simply could not miss from point-blank range.
Neves off the mark for Portugal
Last night was Neves’ 25th cap for his country, and he finally managed to register an assist. He’ll no doubt hope a first goal will soon follow.
It was a sumptuous pass from the former Porto man, and a gentle reminder what a fantastic range he has.
Hopefully that gives him great confidence upon returning to Molineux.
So far, Neves is yet to make any assists for Wolves this season, although he has been controlling games and creating chances.