Goalkeeper Rui Patricio was the only Wolves player involved for Portugal as they made it successive home draws in their Euro 2020 qualifiers, this time ending 1-1 against Serbia.
Patricio was picking the ball out of the net as early as the seventh minute when Serbia led after Dusan Tadic’s penalty, but the hosts equalised through a spectacular 25-yard strike from Danilo Pereira.
Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho, who both started Friday’s 0-0 draw against Ukraine, were unused substitutes for the Euro 2016 winners this time, while Diogo Jota was again on the bench.
Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured, pulling up with what appeared to be a hamstring injury when sprinting after the ball and was substituted in the 31st minute.
Portugal thought they had a penalty when the referee pointed to the spot after the ball hit the outstretched arm of Antonio Rukavina from Andre Silva’s close-range header.
However, after conferring with an assistant, the official reversed his decision.
Matt Doherty is sweating on his Ireland place for tomorrow night’s (Tuesday) Euro 2020 Group D qualifier against Georgia in Dublin after boss Mick McCarthy admitted his experiment playing the Wolves right wing back at right midfield didn’t work in the 1-0 win away to Gibraltar.
Romain Saiss is expected to be involved tomorrow night (Tuesday) for Morocco as they take on Lionel Messi’s Argentina in a friendly in Rabat after being rested for their 0-0 dead rubber draw away to Malawi on Friday in their final African Cup of Nations qualifier.
Raul Jimenez gets an extra day before he is expected to return to action, with Mexico in action against Paraguay on Wednesday in a friendly at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California.
Wolves midfield youngster Connor Ronan was named man of the match after supplying two assists in Ireland Under-21s’ 3-0 win over Luxembourg in their opening UEFA Under-21 2021 European Championships qualifier.
Norwich City striker Adam Idah notched a brace and UCD forward Neil Farrugia also scored in front of a crowd of 4,772 at Tallaght Stadium.
Idah, 18, rose highest to powerfully head home Farrugia’s corner to put Ireland ahead on the half hour.
Ireland doubled their lead five minutes later when Rochdale-born Ronan, 21, who is on loan at Slovakia side Dunajska Streda, found the perfect pass to slip in the UCD man and he clipped the ball over the keeper.
Ronan caught the eye again as Ireland extended their lead in the 67th minute.
He broke away past the halfway line to slot in the on-rushing Idah, who powered the ball past the keeper from just inside the area.
Ireland Under-21s’ next competitive action will be at home to Armenia on Friday, September 6 before they travel to Sweden on Tuesday, September 10.
Elliot Watt, another young Molineux midfielder, will be hoping to continue his 100 per cent winning record for Scotland Under-19s in Portugal when they face the hosts tomorrow night (Tuesday).
Watt, 19, has started both Under-19s UEFA Championships qualifiers so far, as the Scots beat Turkey 3-1 and Cyprus 4-0.