Don’t miss out on the complete playback and highlights of the thrilling match between Liechtenstein and Portugal. The game kicked off at 19:45 (GMT) on November 16, 2023, and was officiated by referee M. Al Hakim at the Rheinpark Stadion. This exciting match is part of the Europe – UEFA European Championship Qualifiers, Group J, Season 2024. Make sure to catch all the action!
Liechtenstein vs Portugal Full Match Reports
Portugal finds themselves on the brink of a historic 100% record in European Championship qualification, edging closer after a hard-fought 2-0 victory over a resilient Liechtenstein side at the Rheinpark Stadion Vaduz.
Facing a team that had suffered 21 consecutive losses across all competitions and occupied the 200th spot in the FIFA world rankings, Konrad Fünfstück’s challenge was clear. While Roberto Martínez’s squad seemed destined for an easy triumph, Benjamin Büchel showcased the home side’s determination with an impressive save to deny Rúben Neves’s powerful long-range shot. The former Wolves midfielder’s attempt remained the only shot on target for the visitors in the initial 20 minutes, navigating a well-organized Liechtenstein defense.
Gonçalo Ramos squandered a prime opportunity to break the hosts’ resilience just before the half-hour mark, heading wide from close range off João Cancelo’s delivery. The Barcelona player then set up his club teammate, João Félix, at the far post, but the latter mishandled his shot. Meanwhile, Cristiano Ronaldo attempted a spectacular bicycle kick that missed the target.
Ronaldo expressed disbelief when his close-range shot hit the post a minute into the second half but swiftly made amends. Diogo Jota provided an impeccably timed pass, allowing the captain to unleash a fierce strike past Büchel, marking his 128th senior international goal. Cancelo extended Seleção’s lead in the 57th minute, capitalizing on Büchel’s position far outside the goal, delivering a sublime left-footed strike.
Dennis Salanović had an opportunity to narrow the deficit just past the hour mark, initiated by Julien Hasler, but mistimed his finish, easily thwarted by José Sá in a one-on-one chance. Félix appeared to score Portugal’s third with a fine finish at the far post, only to be denied by the assistant’s flag. Ramos believed he secured a third goal after poking Vitinha’s set-piece over the line, but VAR disallowed it for offside.
In truth, a 2-0 scoreline seemed a fair reflection of the match, considering Portugal’s occasional sloppiness and Liechtenstein’s ability to frustrate their more illustrious opponents. The Blue-Reds aim to end their 22-match losing streak when they face Luxembourg on Sunday, seeking to avoid their first-ever pointless European Championship qualification campaign.
Player of the Match: João Cancelo (Portugal).