Portugal v Luxembourg - 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
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Wolves target Palhinha shines on international duty

Portugal swept aside Luxembourg in World Cup qualification last night, winning 5-0.

Reported long term Wolves target Joao Palhinha started at the heart of the hosts’ midfield, alongside Molineux midfielder Joao Moutinho.

By the time Palhinha was replaced by Molineux man Ruben Neves on 73 minutes, he had a goal to his name.

His Instagram message translated to: “Very happy for the big win!

“Fantastic atmosphere today at the stadium in the Algarve! There are two finals left to reach our goal. Thanks to all of Portugal for your support.”

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Wolves loanee Francisco Trincao both reacted to his performance in the comments.

Trincao’s message translates to: “you play so much,” and perhaps the pair could be club teammates soon if Wolves dip into the market for a new central midfielder in January.

The latest reported valuation from August was £34 million, which is certainly not cheap.

But his performance last night showed what spending big could get for Wolves.

As per WhoScored, he put in a 9/10 performance, making seven tackles and completing more than 94 per cent of his passes as well as scoring Portugal’s fourth goal on the night.

He has been in fine form at club level this term too, and last night was another reminder of his quality.

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