Tim Spiers has criticised the performance of Nelson Semedo for Portugal in their 4-2 loss to Germany at Euro 2020 on Saturday evening.
The Lowdown: Semedo was poor
Semedo certainly had a bad game, as did most of the Portuguese players, as they were not able to contain the Germans in a pulsating Group F encounter.
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The right-back achieved a mere 6.1 overall rating on Sofascore, the second-lowest out of any player to have set foot on the pitch, and was run ragged by Robin Gosens in Munich.
The Latest: Spiers on Semedo
Spiers, who writes for The Athletic, claimed that Semedo ‘had a torrid game’ and was ‘left exposed time and again’.
The 27-year-old lost out on three of his duels and also failed to record a single successful dribble, key pass or accurate cross in the match. Also, he lost possession of the ball on no fewer than 13 separate occasions, the most of any of his teammates (Sofascore).
The Verdict: Must do better
With Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot in the Portugal squad, Semedo’s starting place in the team may well be at risk after that poor performance.
He knows that he needs to do better if the European champions are going to have any success in the tournament, while Wolves fans and Bruno Lage in particular will be keeping a close eye on him as well.
Semedo will want to return to pre-season with his club off the back of a successful Euros, but performances like these will certainly not help his cause in trying to impress the new manager at Molineux.
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