Portugal produced a rusty display in their opening World Cup qualifier at home to Azerbaijan.
Portugal open their World Cup qualifying campaign with a victory, but they have to settle for a 1-0 scoreline in Turin.
Medvedev’s own goal was the difference in the end, but that was not due to Portugal’s lack of effort.
Maksim Medvedev fumbled the ball into his own net after a mix-up with goalkeeper Shahrudin Mahammadaliyev to break the deadlock in the 37th minute of a game moved to Juventus’ stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions on travel to Portugal.
Santos’ side had numerous chances in both halves to score, but Mahammadaliyev was able to keep the likes of Ruben Neves, Cancelo, Bernardo Silva, Ronaldo and Fernandes at bay.
Nuriyev missed Azerbaijan’s only big chance, but they will take pride from tonight’s scoreline.
Portugal could have shown more composure in the final third on occasions, but they cannot get too hung up on the scoreline.
They got their qualifying campaign off to a winning start, and they need to regroup ahead of their trip to Serbia this weekend, while Azerbaijan face Qatar in a friendly.