The result of Portugal's match versus Serbia will determine which team will receive an automatic entry to the 2020 World Cup in Japan. Portugal took the lead early in the game, but Tadic equalized after Rui Patricio made a costly error in the defensive.
However, the reality is that so many things went wrong for Portugal in the first half, and a close examination of Ronaldo's performance reveals that the Portuguese captain had a largely inconspicuous performance in the first half. When you take a second look at the first half, you can see that Ronaldo was hampered by the presence of Bruno Fernandes. Read on to find out why!
First and foremost, it should be highlighted that Fernando Santos made the mistake of not starting Bruno with Cristiano Ronaldo in the first game. When it came to the first half, Cristiano Ronaldo was bursting with enthusiasm, but he was unable to connect well with Bernardo Silva, Renato Sanches, and Diogo Jota. He made several shrewd moves, but there was no one to provide him with "through passes" like Bruno Fernandes did for him.
It should be noted that the partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes has resulted in goals in both the Champions League and the English Premier League for Manchester United. Remember that the bond between Bruno Fernandes and Cristiano Ronaldo has made a significant difference for Portugal this season as well.
As a result, the decision to sit Ronaldo's best partner had an impact on his performance in the first half of the game. Finally, it should be noted that his replacement, Renato Sanchez, did not have a significant impact on the outcome of the game.
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