Nations League: Portugal see off Italy

PORTUGAL, without talisman Cristiano Ronaldo, got their UEFA Nations League campaign underway with a 1-0 victory over Italy at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on Monday.

Fernando Santos’ men did not have to get out of second gear to take the points against a much-changed side fielded by Roberto Mancini in the Group A3 clash in Lisbon.

After a dominant first-half display, the hosts finally made the breakthrough at the start of the second half when Sevilla loanee Andre Silva curled a shot into the bottom corner in the 48th minute.

Italy created their best chance 12 minutes from time but Simone Zaza could not get his header on target. Two late goals from Emre Akbaba snatched Turkey a dramatic 3-2 win against Sweden in their Group B2 encounter in Solna.

Isaac Kiese Thelin opened the scoring for Sweden, turning in the rebound after his header had come back off a post.

Viktor Claesson made it two with a thumping 30-yard strike, only for Hakan Calhanoglu to pull one back shortly afterwards with a low drive from the right of the area. – PA Sport

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