Portugal experience a mental blackout against Ukraine on Ronaldo’s arrival

Ukraine’s veteran goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov kept Portugal under control with a few fine spares in the primary hour before the hosts came up short on thoughts in the Group B diversion.

Portugal had an early objective chalked off when William Carvalho’s header was administered offside and safeguard Pepe then created a great volley which the 34-year-old Pyatov did well to turn over.

Ronaldo, left out of the Nations Cup coordinates in the pre-winter by shared assent with mentor Fernando Santos, at that point sprang enthusiastically as he twice got free on the left.

First he cut inside his marker and created a preview which Pyatov spared with his legs and right away a while later he selected to go outside Serhiy Kryvtsov and discharged in a low, left-foot shot which the goalkeeper again halted.

The Ukraine skipper spared his best for the 56th moment when he splendidly dismissed Andre Silva’s goalbound shot with a one-gave spare.

With Bernardo Silva over and over spilling into impasses, Portugal started to lose poise as both Joao Cancelo and Ronaldo sent wayward crosses straight into contact.

Portugal at that point had a let off when Rui Patricio blocked Yevhen Konoplyanka’s shot – Ukraine’s solitary exertion on focus in the match – and debutant Junior Moraes saw his shot from the bounce back blocked.

A late possibility went asking for Portugal when substitute Rafa Silva missed his kick after a low Ronaldo cross discovered him in the territory.

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