The manager of Portugal Fernando Santos praised Joao Felix’s performance against Azerbaijan.
He stated however, that no conclusions can be drawn from his team’s 1-0 victory.
After all, Portugal needed an own goal to beat Azerbaijan.
But the manager was unconcerned about his team’s results.
“The team improved with the entry of Joao,” Santos said RTP. “There was more circulation to our play and he played a part in one of our best moves – it was brilliant.”
Joao Felix came on for Andre Silva with 15 minutes remaining.
And indeed, he completed 12 of his 14 passes. 11 of these were attempted in the opposing half.
Santos thought the Atletico Madrid forward had a significant influence on the game.
Still, it was a common story for Portugal as Mahammadaliyev came up with a series of late saves.