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Bruno Fernandes Shines in Portugal’s Euro 2024 Qualifier Victory

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Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes displayed exceptional form as he dazzled in Portugal’s Euro 2024 qualifier against Luxembourg. The 29-year-old stole the spotlight by delivering a mesmerizing assist for Portugal’s opening goal.

 

Portugal had won all five of their previous Euro 2024 qualifiers, and manager Roberto Martinez demanded a relentless performance to secure a significant step towards Germany next year. True to form, Fernandes wasted no time in conjuring up a moment of brilliance.

In just 12 minutes, Fernandes swung in a corner from the right, which was partially cleared. Seizing the opportunity for a second cross, he expertly curled a beautiful ball with the outside of his right boot, perfectly landing it onto the head of Goncalo Inacio. Inacio capitalized on the chance and nodded home, giving Portugal the lead. He immediately ran over to Fernandes to celebrate their teamwork.

This set the stage for a commanding performance from the hosts, who were 4-0 up by halftime. Goncalo Ramos netted twice, and Inacio scored again in injury time. Shortly after the break, Fernandes continued his brilliance by setting up Diogo Jota to make it five.

 

Portugal’s domination continued as Ricard Horta scored the sixth goal in the 67th minute, followed by another strike from Jota. Fernandes then found the back of the net himself in the 83rd minute, calmly controlling the ball inside the area and placing a well-taken shot. Before the final whistle, he managed to provide his third assist of the night, setting up Joao Felix to secure an emphatic 9-0 victory.

With this performance, Fernandes now boasts six assists in Euro 2024 qualifying, more than any other player. Manchester United fans will also be pleased that he and full-back Diogo Dalot emerged from the game unscathed. United will face Brighton on Saturday, aiming to bounce back from their recent defeat against Arsenal.

Following that, they will travel to Bayern Munich the following Tuesday, marking the club’s return to the Champions League. Meanwhile, Portugal sits atop Group J with 18 points, five points clear of second-placed Slovakia. Barring an extraordinary turn of events, Fernandes and his teammates are likely to secure their place in Germany next summer.

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