WATCH: Andre Silva Scores A Sublime Solo Goal For Portugal
There was a huge gulf in class between New Zealand and Portugal at Stadion Krestovsky in today's Confederations Cup Group A clash.
The European Champions romped to a 4-0 win over the Kiwis, with goals coming from skipper Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva, Andre Silva and substitute Nani.
Few can deny that the two very best goals of the game went to the two Silvas. The first, scored by Manchester City new boy Bernardo, was a flowing team move finished off by the former Monaco and Benfica man, before his namesake Andre got on the scoresheet by scoring a wonderful solo goal.
Check it out here:
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Given an extra bit of freedom once Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted and saved for Portugal's knockout clash, Silva collected the ball from Ricardo Quaresma, who seized possession inside his own half.
Then Silva, who should probably have been sent off earlier in the game for throwing a punch in the direction of a New Zealand defender, did the rest.
The 21-year old's speed, power and composure to was too much for the New Zealand defence as he darted into the box, before finishing emphatically in the roof of the net.
Here's how Twitter reacted to the piece of brilliance from Silva:
36 goals in 48 appearances for Portugal at all levels? Andre Silva is honestly the future. #mcm- Anthony (@Torgrude45) June 24, 2017
Wtf is this bullshit? André Silva got a goal and an assist only for Ronaldo who only scored a pen to get the MOTM award. It's rigged. pic.twitter.com/Knvt4uzZQ1- ㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤㅤ (@ZizouHuweidi) June 24, 2017
:flag_pt: Andre Silva also assisted Portugal's 4th goals which was scored by Nani!- TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) June 24, 2017
Playmaker :white_check_mark: pic.twitter.com/ruuzmS6iMb
Imagine Icardi with technique, world class potential and an elite mentality..that's Andre Silva- Sellvio Berlu$coni (@Pure_Milanista) June 24, 2017
André Silva has now scored 8 goals in 11 games for the senior Portugal national team.- Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 24, 2017
Classy finish. :clap: pic.twitter.com/a7lCxOZDFJ
Andre Silva's recent record for Portugal at all levels:- BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) June 24, 2017
48 caps :runner:
36 goals :soccer:
The future of his country's attack. :flag_pt: pic.twitter.com/DPOtRbzAq9
AC Milan fans have every right to be excited about their big-money signing and what he could potentially produce next season.