Portugal player ratings vs Slovenia: Cristiano Ronaldo’s complaints fell on deaf ears in disappointing defeat

The Seleção’s all-time top goalscorer endured a forgettable evening as Roberto Martínez’s side failed to play a single match. Portugal player ratings

Portugal player ratings vs Slovenia: Cristiano Ronaldo’s complaints fell on deaf ears in disappointing defeat

Cristiano Ronaldo, for all these goals, accolades and magical moments, cannot be the main man every night. And for Portugal against Slovenia, his shortcomings were exposed as his team put in a disappointing performance and ultimately lost 2–0.

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Ronaldo was barely involved throughout, and managed only one shot from open play, spending more time finding fouls and complaining to the officials than making a physical impact.

After a dull first half, things opened up in the second half. Benjamin Cesco went close for Slovenia, forcing a superb save from Diogo Costa in the Portugal net, while Ronaldo also showed signs of life, firing a brilliant strike that flashed just wide of the post.
However, Adam Gnezda Cerin provided the key moment for the hosts, making a smart run from central midfield to finish with a well-constructed goal – which was good value for their lead. However, Portugal provided some response, as Joao Félix fired a header off the post.

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Timi Alesnik then doubled Slovenia’s lead, hitting the roof of the net from a difficult angle to put the contest beyond doubt – and end an 11-game winning streak for Roberto Martínez’s men.

GOAL rated Portugal’s players from stadium statistics…

Goalkeeper and defense

Diogo Costa (5/10):

Couldn’t do anything about Serin’s goal. Made an impressive stop to deny Cesco. Perhaps too easily beaten for another.

Pepe (6/10):

A solid 45 minutes in which he had nothing to do except move the ball.

Danilo (5/10):

Slovenia failed to track down their man on the opening goal, and were left looking for a reply.

Goncalo Inácio (5/10):

The ball was tight, but both goals came under his pitch.


Diogo Dalot (4/10):

Heavily involved in offensive situations, but seriously lacking in quality. A launched cross – when he should really have passed the ball to a wide-open Ronaldo – ended his struggle.

Ruben Neves (7/10):

Be precise in your passing and keep circulating the ball. However, not the kind of defensive midfielder that was needed in this tight game.

Vitinha (6/10):

He never stood still and tried to run forward, but he had no understanding with the forward players of his team.

Joao Cancelo (5/10):

Did many great things with the ball, but did not have much impact. Good trivela passes don’t always work…


Ottavio (5/10):

Barely attended the middle 45 minutes of football.

Cristiano Ronaldo (4/10):

Caused problems based on appearance alone, but was otherwise completely bad. Spent a lot of time crying, and mass shootings in the game’s true form. No magic this time.

Joao Felix (5/10):

Most of the game is spent finding the nutmeg rather than passing it on time. His chance creation was lacking.

Deputy and Manager

Antonio Silva (5/10):

Brought on at half-time and being behind, Portugal looked very vulnerable.


Chico Conceicao (6/10):

A resonant presence on the wing. Active on the ball, exciting in the right areas without creating much.

Joao Neves (N/A):

No time to make an impact.

Jota Silva (N/A):

No time to make an impact.

Roberto Martínez (4/10):

Things kept going as expected with the 3-4-3, but they never really got a good performance from their team, who lacked quality and couldn’t contain their main man. A night to forget.

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