Joao Felix headed an excellent goal for Portugal as they thrashed Luxembourg 6-0 in a Euro 2024 qualifier on Sunday evening.
The Chelsea man, on loan from Atletico Madrid, put his country 2-0 up inside 15 minutes by leaping high to guide Bernardo Silva’s inswinging cross past the keeper from a few yards out. The weight and placement of the header was textbook.
It was the 23-year-old’s fifth goal for Portugal in his 30th game.
Portugal were already ahead by that point through a close-range finish from Ronaldo. They would add two more goals in the first half, a well-placed header from Bernardo Silva and a clinical Ronaldo effort.
Joao Felix was again deployed as Ronaldo’s strike partner in a 3-5-2 formation favoured by new Portugal manager Roberto Martinez. He has current Chelsea coach Anthony Barry on his roster, as well as our central defensive great Ricardo Carvalho.
Joao Felix came close to doubling his tally and netting Portugal’s fifth on the stroke of half-time, firing just wide at the end of a move involving Nuno Mendes and Antonio Silva.
The second half was a more sedate affair as Portugal took their foot off the gas, content with their 4-0 advantage.
With 13 minutes remaining, Joao Felix was replaced by AC Milan striker Rafael Leao.
Another substitute, Porto midfielder Otavio, added a fifth goal very soon after with his first touch. Leao then won a penalty but saw his effort superbly saved, but with two minutes left he did get on the scoresheet after racing on to a long Ruben Neves pass.
The result, following on from Portugal’s 4-0 win over Liechtenstein on Thursday, leaves Martinez’s side at the top of Group J. They will face sterner tests against Bosnia and Iceland in June.