Think the UEFA Nations League doesn’t matter? You haven’t met Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes.
While we all wonder if it makes sense to play four international matches at the end of a long season, the Portuguese superstar is doing everything he can to get more wins.
In all honesty, maybe it’s because he didn’t think he won enough last season in the Premier League with the Red Devils.
A draw with Spain and wins against Switzerland and the Czech Republic will have satiated the attacking midfielder.
However, when it came to facing the Swiss for the second time, things didn’t go as planned.
There was no Cristiano Ronaldo – he had a well-deserved rest and his compatriots conceded just 55 seconds in the game in Geneva.
Benfica star Haris Seferovic, who was ousted as the club’s top scorer this season by Liverpool-linked Darwin Nunez, grabbed the goal, showing he’s ready to return to the fore.
And while the Portuguese fought hard, registering 20 penalty kicks, they couldn’t find an answer.
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Fernandes had given his all but was substituted and in added time the Portuguese thought they had found a way back into the game.
Nico Elvedi fell easily at the slightest push from Andre Silva and handled the ball in the penalty area, prompting free-kick calls from the Portuguese stars.
Their appeals were dismissed, however, and despite stepping off the pitch 16 minutes before the final whistle, he was furious on the touchline.
Off the bench, he was seen shouting angrily before being held back by some coaches.
It was in vain as the Swiss sealed a 1-0 victory, leaving Portugal second in League A Group 2, behind Spain, who beat the Czech Republic 2-0.
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