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Wolves trio start for Portugal alongside Ronaldo

All three of Wolves’ Portugal internationals started as the European champions were held to a frustrating goalless draw in their opening Euro 2020 Group B qualifier against Ukraine.

Goalkeeper Rui Patricio played the full game and Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho featured for 62 minutes and 87 minutes respectively in Lisbon.

Wolves’ other player in the squad, Diogo Jota, will have to wait a while longer for his first full cap after being an unused substitute.

The big plus for Portugal was the return of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo after he missed the past six internationals following Portugal’s exit from the World Cup in the last 16.

Ukraine keeper Andriy Pyatov made two fine saves to deny Ronaldo and also kept out Andre Silva’s curling effort as Portugal had 18 shots to Ukraine’s two.

William Carvalho thought he had put Portugal in front with a close-range header after 16 minutes but it was ruled out for offside.

There was also a penalty appeal from the hosts in stoppage time when substitute Dyego Sousa appeared to be bundled over as he tried to get on the end of Ronaldo’s low cross.

Portugal will host Serbia on Monday, again in Lisbon.

The top two teams from each group qualify for the finals but if Portugal were to miss out, they are guaranteed a play-off place after reaching the Nations League semi-finals.