Francisco Conceição comes off Portugal bench to break Czech Republic hearts

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A night of mayhem and confusion, of futures and pasts dragging each other in different directions, and at its climax a goal of pure catharsis. Portugal, one of the tournament favourites, are away: a poacher’s goal by the 21-year-old Francisco Conceição sealing victory in the first minute of injury time and underlining the bench strength available to Roberto Martínez.

And this was a redemption of sorts for Martínez too, a coach who knows that he will need to shed Portugal’s past if he is to shed his own. Perhaps unfairly maligned as the man who inherited Belgium’s golden generation and won nothing, Martínez has now been bequeathed a new galaxy of bright and brilliant things. Ultimately, though, Portugal’s embarrassment of riches proved more latter than former.

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Written by Jonathan Liew at Leipzig Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/article/2024/jun/18/portugal-czech-republic-euro-2024-group-f-match-report under the title “Francisco Conceição comes off Portugal bench to break Czech Republic hearts”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.