Fernando Santos, the manager of Portugal, praised Joao Felix’s performance against Azerbaijan.
Joao Felix came on for Andre Silva with 15 minutes remaining.
“The team improved with the entry of Joao,” Santos said RTP.
And indeed it did- Felix completed 12 of his 14 passes, 11 of which were attempted in the opposing half.
Santos thought the Atletico Madrid forward had a significant influence on the game: “There was more circulation to our play and he played a part in one of our best moves – it was brilliant.”
Still, it was a common story for Portugal as Mahammadaliyev came up with a series of late saves.
So, while Portugal needed an own goal to beat Azerbaijan, the manager, Santos, was unconcerned about his team’s results.
He stated that no conclusions can be drawn from his team’s 1-0 victory.