Man United's Bruno Fernandes nutmegged Mateo Kovacic in Portugal 4-1 Croatia


It was a memorable night for Bruno Fernandes as Portugal made a successful start to their UEFA Nations League campaign on Saturday.

The Manchester United midfielder produced a dazzling display which included an assist in Portugal’s 4-1 win against Croatia.

He then welcomed the arrival of his second child just after midnight. An assist and a baby boy - Fernandes stays winning.

Fernandes’ stats against the 2018 World Cup finalists show just how good he was.

And then it was a trip to the hospital to celebrate 'one of the most important goals of my life.'

Fernandes starred vs Croatia

‘Penandes’ was the moniker given to the midfielder - used by rival fans in a negative light - following his debut season at Old Trafford, but he showed against Croatia that he’s an all-round talent.

He managed to create five chances in the first half alone. Impressive.


Fernandes nutmegged Kovacic

The 25-year-old was locked in a duel in the middle of the pitch with another Premier League player, Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic.

Kovacic enjoyed a fine individual campaign last season. He was arguably the Blues’ best player as Frank Lampard’s side finished fourth.

But Fernandes certainly won the battle, with the Portuguese midfielder adding insult to injury by nutmegging Kovacic with a neat move.

Unsurprisingly, Man United fans on Twitter couldn’t wait to start winding up Chelsea fans.

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Watch Fernandes' individual highlights

Fernandes’ individual highlights from the match, which Portugal won thanks to goals from Joao Cancelo, Diogo Jota, Joao Felix and Andre Silva, are well worth a watch.

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