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Never in the 102-year history of the National Team had such a spectacle unfolded. Nine goals were netted in a single game without conceding a single one. Yes, you read that correctly: 9-0! The Algarve Stadium witnessed the largest victory ever, and Luxembourg was the unfortunate opponent. Notably, Luxembourg had already suffered a 0-6 defeat at home against Portugal back in March.
The names etched in the annals of history include Bruno Fernandes (three assists and one goal), Diogo Jota (two goals and one assist), the Gonçalos (Ramos and Inácio, each with two goals as well), Ricardo Horta (one goal), João Félix (a goal that resembled a work of art), Bernardo Silva (contributing with an assist), and Rafael Leão (providing another assist).
In addition to these luminaries, let’s acknowledge the contributions of others: Diogo Costa, who safeguarded the goal without allowing any breaches, delivering a remarkable save at the 62nd minute. We must also commend the impervious defenders, Rúben Dias and Danilo Pereira, as well as the hyperactive wing players, Diogo Dalot and Nélson Semedo. Not to forget Otávio, Rúben Neves, and João Cancelo, who also played essential roles.
And, naturally, we cannot overlook the architect of this triumph, Roberto Martínez, the Spanish coach who took the reins of the National Team in January. In the span of six games, he has orchestrated six victories, with a total of 24 goals scored and none conceded.