Portugal v Spain: UEFA Nations League - League Path Group 2
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Wolves star Ruben Neves endures frustrating evening for Portugal against Spain

Ruben Neves’ Portugal were last night beaten 1-0 by Spain in their final Nations League match.

Fernando Santos’ side were brough back down to earth after their 4-0 victory over Czech Republic, with Alvaro Morata striking late on for La Roja.

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The victory for Spain means they snatched a place in the Nations League final four at Portugal’s expense.

Portugal dominated, but Spain managed to keep the game level before Morata finished clinically in the 88th minute.

Cristiano Ronaldo then had a glorious chance to equalise from close range to earn the point they needed, but could not convert.

It was a frustrating evening for Portugal and Neves, who started and played most of the game before being replace right at the end.

Neves was making his 32nd appearance for his country, and it wasn’t his most influential performance.

According to Sofascore data, he completed 26/30 (87%) passes, and had 43 touches of the ball – 12 players in the game had more than that.

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He did make three interceptions though, which was bettered only by Spain’s Jose Gaya.

Portugoal.net gave their player ratings afterwards, and handed Neves a 6/10 for his display, saying: “Had a good attempt on goal in the first half, but was subdued afterwards. Still the more involved of the two defensive midfielders and a bit tidier on the ball than his counterpart. But like William (Carvalho), Neves was generally unable to do much more than act as a wave-break against the patient-yet-progressive Spanish press.

Goal gave the Wolves maestro a 5/10. They said: “Stung the keeper’s fingertips with a trademark strike from range and did his defensive work, but fairly quiet.”

A quiet night for Ruben Neves, but at least he returns to Wolves injury-free

So it wasn’t the most impactful of outings for Neves against Spain.

But the 25-year-old will undoubtedly be shining in games for his country for years to come.

Having played last night and also against the Czech Republic, it’s clear that Santos is an admirer of the Wolves ace.

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It’s highly likely he’ll be on that plane to Qatar, having featured heavily in Portugal’s Nations League campaign, starting all but one game.

From a Wolves perspective, it’s just a relief that Neves has seemingly gotten through the international break without picking up an injury.