Slovenia vs Portugal Player Ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo’s side falls to a humbling defeat

Slovenia vs Portugal Player Ratings as Cristiano Ronaldo’s side falls to a humbling defeat

Portugal succumbed to a surprise 2-0 defeat at the hands of Slovenia in Ljubljana on Tuesday night at the Stožice Stadium. They registered a commanding 5-2 win over Sweden in their last international tie.

The Selecao’s all-time leading goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo who was unavailable in the game against Sweden, managed only one shot against Slovenia and spent the rest of the game complaining to match officials rather than making a difference between the two sides. Roberto Martinez suffered his first defeat as Portugal’s manager who had previously won eleven games in a row.

Slovenia, who drew 2-2 with Malta on Thursday opened the scoring through Adam Cerin in the 72nd minute who came face-to-face with the Portugal shot-stopper and slotted one home to score the first goal on the night. Then attacker Timi Elsnik doubled the advantage eight minutes later when he dribbled past Portugal’s two-man back for an easy finish past Diogo Costa.

As the international break ends for both sides, let’s take a look at the player ratings for Slovenia and Portugal.

Slovenia vs Portugal Player Ratings

Slovenia

Jan Oblak6/10

Jaka Bijol4/10

Miha Blažič5/10

Žan Karničnik6/10

Erik Janža6/10

Committed a hard foul on Octavio and was warned with a yellow.

Petar Stojanovic5/10

Made a few crucial fouls but lacked intensity throughout the game.

Slovenia players celebrating
Slovenia players celebrating (Getty Images)

Adam Cerin7/10

Cerin scored the opening goal in the 72nd minute, slotting past Costa and finishing with class.

Timi Elšnik7/10

The midfielder dribbles past Portugal’s defence who netted his first-ever goal for Slovenia. He had a good game in the midfield.

Sandi Lovrić 5/10

Benjamin Sesko7/10

Andraz Sporar5/10

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SUBSTITUTES

Vanja Drkusic5/10

Jon Gorenc Stanković5/10

Žan Celar6/10

Celar was one of the main orchestrators in Slovenia’s opening goal of the night.

Benjamin VerbičN/A

Portugal

Diogo Costa5/10

Made an impressive stop to deny Sesko and conceded the second goal very easily

Pepe6/10

The veteran defender made a few important blocks and had a solid first half before getting replaced by Antonio Silva.

Danilo Pereira5/10

Had a bad game in defence and failed to track back in Slovenia’s opening goal of the night.

Gonçalo Inácio5/10

Diogo Dalot4/10

The Man United defender was involved in attacks but lacked quality. Ronaldo laid the ball to Dalot but he skies the ball above the crossbar.

Joao Cancelo5/10

Didn’t have much of an impact, attempted a few tricky passes but failed.

Vitinha6/10

Ruben Neves7/10

He was one of the best players for Portugal last night. Held possession and was accurate in passing.

Joao Felix5/10

The Barcelona winger had a rather forgettable game as he lacked finishing in front of the goal.

Otavio5/10

Cristiano Ronaldo4/10

Portugal’s all-time leading goalscorer was barely involved and spent more time appealing for fouls to the official.

Cristiano Ronaldo looks disappointed
Cristiano Ronaldo looks disappointed (Getty Images)

SUBSTITUTES

Antonio Silva5/10

Made several errors during the game and prevented a decent move from Slovenia

Joao NevesN/A

Jota SilvaN/A

Francisco Conceição6/10

Debutant Conceicao had a good game on the wings,