Portugal dominated Azerbaijan in Baku in the World Cup qualifiers football match without Cristiano Ronaldo after relying on him against the Republic of Ireland. In the absence of the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo, the goals were shared by Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva, and Diogo Jota.
Bernardo Silva netted the first goal in the 27th minute as Bruno Fernandes assisted him before crossing for Diogo Jota to set up Andre Silva for the second. Azerbaijan’s situation could have been much worse without Sahruddin Mahammadaliyev, but the goalkeeper was powerless to prevent Jota from adding a third goal in the second half.
In the second goal, Fernandes played a part crossing from the right flank to find Jota, who redirected back across the goal for Andre Silva to tap in inside the six-yard box. Andre Silva should have doubled his tally, four minutes later, after being rolled through by Fernandes, only to drag a glorious chance wide with the goal at his mercy.
A minute after the break Jota missed a goal chance when he sliced wide of an almost open net after capitalizing on Fernandes’ drilled teaser from the right flank. Fernandes attempted a goal from distance, but Mahammadaliyev saved the dipping effort before saving Bernando Silva’s fizzing left-footed strike.
Jota finally found the back of the net after being denied from close range by Mahammadaliyev. Portugal reclaimed first place in Group A with a 3-0 victory over Azerbaijan in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier. Watch football highlights to see how Portugal dominated Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan 0 – 3 Portugal
Goals: 0 – 1 Silva 27, 0 – 2 SIlva 31, 0 – 3 Jota 75
Bookings: Alasgarov, Ghorbani, Hagverdi; Palhinha, Mendes
Azerbaijan: Magomedaliyev, Salahli, Hagverdi, Badalov, Khalilzada, Qarayev, Makhmudov, Huseynov, Ozobic, Emreli, Alasgarov
Substitutions: Bayramov, Ghorbani, Mustafayev, Nuriev, Sadikhov
Portugal: Patricio, Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro, Moutinho, Palhinha, Fernandes, Jota, Silva, Silva
Substitutions: Mendes, Guedes, Mario, Neves, Otavio