The Portugal national team crushed the Luxembourg national team in a Euro 2024 qualifier. The Portuguese, playing without the suspended Cristiano Ronaldo who was out due to yellow card accumulation, scored nine goals against their opponent. Ramos, Inacio, Jota each scored twice, while Horta, Fernandes, and Felix added one goal each.
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For the Iberians, this win became the biggest in history. The Portuguese had never won with a margin of more than eight goals before.
Luxembourg lost with such a big score for the fourth time in history, equaling their worst ever result. The Red Lions had previously lost 0:9 to Germany (in 1936) and twice to England (in 1960 and 1982).
The Portugal national team earned their sixth win in six matches and pulled away from third place by eight points. With a goal difference of 24:0, Martines’s team is close to qualifying for Euro 2024.
Portugal manager Roberto Martines commented on the national team’s performance without Ronaldo:
«Cristiano is a very important part of this team, as is Pepe. Their level and work ethic are infectious, they give the team important value. Both Ramos and Jota showed what they are capable of. Ronaldo is experienced, special, there is no need to make comparisons or have doubts. But this team is ready to win even without Cristiano».
How profitable it was to bet on the game
Bookmakers valued Portugal’s win with odds of 1.07. A large win by 3 goals or more for the hosts was quoted at 1.71. A -5 handicap was available at 7.70, while betting on a -6.5 handicap for Portugal was offered at 12.00.
The first half ended 4:0, and a -3.5 handicap could be charged at 9.00. An identical handicap for the second half was listed at 8.15 and it also comfortably came in.
Bets on over 8.5 goals were accepted at 34.00. Taking over 3.5 in the first half was available at 8.66, while over 4.5 in the second half was quoted at 12.80. A bet on «both teams to score — no» would have increased the bet amount by 1.51 times and 1.60 was given for Luxembourg not to score.
Bookmakers also took bets on the exact score of 9:0 in Portugal’s favor, such a result could be charged at 111.00.