Faroe Islands 0-6 Portugal 

The Seleção rounded off the international break with another straightforward victory over the Faroe Islands tonight in Tórshavn. André Silva continued his blistering start to life with the senior side, scoring three first half goals as Portugal climbed to 2nd place in their World Cup qualifying group. 

Fernando Santos was forced to make a change at left back with Vitorino Antunes deputizing for the injured Raphael Guerreiro, but he also added a bit more steel in midfield with Bernardo Silva and Moutinho making way for William Carvalho and João Mário. 

The tactical adjustment mirrored Santos' pre-match thoughts about the Faroe Islands when he compared their organizational strength to that of Iceland, 2-0 victors over Turkey in yesterday's World Cup qualifying match in Reykjavik.

Portugal made a lethargic start to the match with several misplaced passes in the opening minutes. The Faroese meanwhile were intent on sending long balls to their physical strikers and exploiting free kick opportunities. 

A forward revelation

But Portugal struck on the counter with their first meaningful chance of the game in the 12th minute. Cristiano Ronaldo showed exquisite touch to release João Mário with a simple flick of the heel of his boot. Despite the attention of several defenders, André Silva brought the Inter Milan midfielder's throughball under control and placed his finish out of reach of the onrushing Gunnar Nielsen in goal. 

Silva put his name on the scoresheet yet again with a well-placed header after the Faroese defence failed to deal with a Ricardo Quaresma cross-shot in the 22nd minute. It was Silva's 3rd goal for the Seleção in as many matches, an incredible start to the young Porto striker's national team career. 

Portugal struggled for consistency in their passing, and goal-mouth chances were scarce, but Portugal were far more clinical than usual as a result of Andre Silva's excellent poaching. The 20 yr old scored again in the 37th minute following good work from João Cancelo. The Valencia fullback had drifted into acres of space through the right channel, and unleashed a piledriver that Nielsen could only parry into the path of Silva who gobbled up the rebound to complete a first half hat-trick. 

Ronaldo scores 67th international goal

Ronaldo was denied minutes into the second half after being sent clean through by João Mário. Afterwards Portugal's threat was intermittent at best and the home side crafted their first half-chance in the 64th minute as a botched clearance was latched onto by Edmundsson on the edge of the penalty area. But another exchange between Mário and Ronaldo resulted in Portugal's fourth goal of the match. A simple 1-2 combination freed Ronaldo to shoot, and the Real Madrid striker hammered the ball past Nielsen with his weaker left foot.

Gelson came on for Quaresma in the 67th minute and immediately drove down the right wing to cross for André Silva, whose goalbound effort was pushed around the far post by Nielsen. Pepe's point blank header from the resulting corner kick was blocked on the line by Davidsen. 

Eder and João Moutinho rounded out Santos' three substitutions as Portugal wound down the clock to secure victory. Moutinho added the icing on the cake with a well-struck goal from outside the box after being teed up by Gelson. The Sporting winger notched another assist just moments later when he played in Cancelo with a slide-rule pass that the Valencia fullback finished off with the last kick of the game.

Though not a classic display of attacking ingenuity, Portugal were more efficient with big performances from Mário, Silva, and again Ronaldo. Conversely, Antunes' struggles at left back revealed the importance of Raphael Guerrero's influence on this side, especially with Fabio Coentrão's lengthy injury absence. The Dynamo Kiev fullback struggled positionally and clearly lacked chemistry with the rest of the squad. Gelson again showed energy, pace, and intelligence in a substitute cameo and his performance combined with another Cancelo goal reveals the depth of talent making the leap into the senior team.

Switzerland defeated Andorra to remain atop Group B on nine points while Hungary earned their first win of the qualification campaign. Portugal will finish the calendar year on the road against Latvia in November. 


by Nathan Motz


Portugal: Rui Patrício, João Cancelo, Pepe, José Fonte, Antunes, William Carvalho, João Mário (Moutinho, 81'), André Gomes, Ricardo Quaresma (Gelson, 67'), Cristiano Ronaldo, André Silva (Eder, 79')

Faroe Islands: Gunnar Nielsen, Sonni Nattestad, Atli Gregersen, Viljormur Davidsen, Bardur Hansen, Hallur Hansson, Fródi Benjaminsen, Gilli Sorensen, Solvi Vatnhamar, Joan Edmundsson, Brandur Olsen


[0-1] Silva, 12'

[0-2] Silva, 22'

[0-3] Silva, 37'

[0-4] Ronaldo, 65'

[0-5] Moutinho, 90'

[0-6] Cancelo, 90'


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  • Guest - Ash

    I know it's been said before, but the future is so bright. So happy for André. Cancelo has been fantastic, Cédric has real competition. Gelson fits right into the team. Phenomenal cameos from him.
    The only thing I'd say I'm disappointed in is not seeing Renato in either game.
    The Swiss were very fortunate to have beaten Hungary and again against Andorra. They'll drop point sooner or later.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Agree Ash. When you consider he will only get better, wow, what a treat to watch him grow from the youth squads to Porto to the Selecao.

    Like many of us have always said, we dont need a Zlatan to score impossible goals, all we need is someone who knows to put the damn ball away and not since Pauleta or Nuno Gomes have we had him. Andre Silva is so unselfish as well, gladly handing the ball off to his team mates. Really happy for the kid and judging by the smiles on his team mates faces when he scores, so are they.

    Hats off to Joao Cancelo as well (another JJ cast off at Benfica) rising to the top of the game. 3 goals in 3 games.

    Also Gelson impressive again. Serious competition for all spots on the squad now.

    Very excited about who will get those finals spots game in and game out.

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  • Guest - Ash

    I'm glad someone else noticed. Everyone seems super supportive of the youngsters and all look happy when they score. Ronaldo looks like he's having the time of his life right now with the national team. Happy and smiling and enjoying himself :)

    To quote Ronaldo : "Since I have been playing for the national team, there have never been so many high-quality young players available,"

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  • Guest - SupremoGino

    Everyone is just so immensely talented on this team, and it's a joy to watch. I won't comment on the match as it's just business as usual but wanted to point out 17 out of this 23 man squad that are considered to be high quality IMO.

    Guerreiro, Martins, Cancelo, Cedric, Pepe, Nani, Cristiano, Andre Silva, Andre Gomes, Moutinho, Sanches, Bernardo Silva, William, Joao Mario, Danilo, Ricardo Quaresma, and Patricio.

    These players are still reliable but out matched in their respective positions: Fonte, Semedo, Rafa, Pizzi, Adrien Silva, Antunes

    Remember when we would label 'x' player as dead weight and not worthy of being on the national team? The only player I can think of now is Bruno Alves (who probably won't be called up again) We can look back to the 2010 squad the remnants of the golden generation.. Queiroz and his very defensive team.. dead weights galore. to 2012 - Very average Meireles, Veloso, Moutinho trio.. bench had zero depth aka dead weights.. to 2014 (stubborn Bento, called up the nursing home, we know what happened.) to Euro 2016.. fairly raw but talented group that brought home our first trophy?! A few dead weights including Eliseu and Veirinha who were outshined and relegated nice and early.. to now current: so much quality, an embarassment of riches?!?!? Soon to be a squad fully based on merit. I knew the youth teams showed much promise but the transition is like magic. In two years this transformation has been incredible. Fernando Santos is a genius and as a life long suffering Portuguese fan, it's still feels like a dream.

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  • Guest - Andre/UK

    Another fantastic win, granted against quite weak opposition, but as someone else mentioned the Faroes don't normally get beaten this convincingly nowadays and they actually had 4 points from their opening two games. Unlike Friday, when we actually wasted a bunch of chances apart from the 6 we scored, last night we were super clinical in front of goal. Andre Silva quite simply has to be the titular number 9 from now on. Our "false 4-4-2", as it were, at the euros with two wingers up front, worked quite well but look how much stronger we look in attack with a proper center forward to hold the ball up and put away the chances in the box. If Silva keeps improving, he's going to be some striker. With Jose Gomes already getting playing time at Benfica, by the time the World Cup starts, we could be a lot stronger in attack then we've been for ages.

    As others have mentioned, the amount of quality we have available at the moment is amazing. I can seriously state that no other country in the world right now has a bigger choice of super quality young (under 23) players than we do. The depth we have at our disposal is incredible at the moment. Cancelo was superb again, he definitely offers more offensively than Cedric. We still have to see how good he is defensively against stronger opposition but his contribution to the attack gives us even more of a threat up front. With Nelson Semedo also getting better and better all the time, Cedric has his work cut out keeping his place. And to think the best of the young lot, Renato Sanches, didn't even play a minute in either game! What competition for places we've got now!

    As I mentioned in my other post the other day, I'm only thinking about winning this group. We will have to be patient as it's almost certainly going to go right to the last game to be decided. But as long we are no more than 3 points behind Switzerland by the last game, I'm confident we will beat the Swiss at home and that our goal difference will be higher. They could only beat Andorra (one of the weakest teams I've seen in a long time) 2-1, and that indicates very much that they can drop points at some point. In any case the Selecao should just focus on it's own path, and if we manage to win all the games before playing the Swiss again at home, then I think we win the group.

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  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Hell yeah. That was not football, that's art. And what?? Are we having a great striker finally? Can't believe my eyes, as if Portuguese football fans are being rewarded for all the loyalty and patience they had. Now what, being a fan for 20 years...And many more to come :)

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  • Guest - Rui Monte Da Silva

    Ever since the Euro 2016 we are seen promising young talent. I can imagine 2018 as we having one of the best squads in the world. Great to see a striker finally in Andre Silva.

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