Bruno Fernandes became a ‘Warrior’ when he made 100% successful tackles and won 4 duels in the match between Portugal and Croatia.

Manchester United captain Bruno Fernandes played 70 minutes for Portugal as they suffered a 2-1 loss against Croatia in a friendly match ahead of Euro 2024.

Just eight minutes into the game, Luka Modric of Real Madrid broke the deadlock with a penalty kick.

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Both sides tested each other’s goalie for the majority of the match. Diogo Costa and Dominik Livakovic had to make incredible stops in between the posts.

Liverpool’s Diogo Jota tied the score three minutes into the second half. He scored the goal with a beautifully timed stunning pass across goal. On the other hand, Croatia appeared unmoved and promptly obtained their prize.

Although Costa made an incredible save to deflect a strong shot, he was unable to control the ball. All he could do was parry it into Ante Budimir’s path, and the man was only too glad to head it in at close range.

During the time he was on the pitch, Fernandes had 67 touches of the ball and successfully delivered 43 of the 49 passes he attempted, managing an individual pass completion rate of 88%. One of his key passes was a key pass.

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The 29-year-old, who started in a midfield trio also consisting of Joao Palhinha and Vitinha, tried to find a Portugal teammate with two crosses and six long balls. Fernandes successfully connected with four of the long balls he pinged. None of his crosses came off.

The United skipper had just one shot to his name but it was off-target and didn’t really challenge Livakovic.

Fernandes completed the one dribble he embarked on and won four of the six ground duels he delved into. His other defensive contributions include making one clearance and putting in three times as many tackles. He also blocked two shots.

The playmaker lined up alongside United teammate Diogo Dalot, who was taken off at half-time and replaced by Nelson Semedo.

Dalot made just one tackle and won half of his contests on the ground. He delivered two of the seven crosses he made and also the one long ball he tried.

The right-back touched the ball on 37 occasions.

Unfortunately for Fernandes and Dalot, their efforts were not enough. They will however be looking to make amends when the Selecao face Ireland on Tuesday in yet another friendly encounter before they finally kickstart their Euro 2024 campaign.

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