The Portuguese are getting closer to Germany. With another victory by the smallest of margins in Slovakia (1-0), Roberto Martinez's men keep the lead in Group J with 15 points out of 15 possible. Like the Blues, the 2016 European champions have still not conceded a single goal since the start of qualifying.
The Portuguese Seleção will not have shone in Bratislava against valiant Slovaks. In a contested match but poor in chances, an individual exploit from Bruno Fernandes (43rd) was enough to pocket three points. Next meeting for Cristiano Ronaldo and his team in three days with the reception of Luxembourg, surprise winner against Iceland (3-1). After five matches in Group J, the Luxembourgers have 10 points and remain in the race for historic qualification for Euro 2024.
In the other evening matches, Croatia crushed Latvia (5-0) and moved up to 2nd place in Group D with 7 points. Luka Modric's teammates are ahead of Armenia on goal difference, who conceded a 1-1 draw in the 88th minute in Turkey (1st with 10 pts).
In Pool A, Scotland continues its magnificent flawless performance with a performance in Cyprus (0-3). The Scots (1st, 15 pts) are nine points ahead of Spain, impressive in Georgia, which still has two games less.
Finally, in the Portugal group, Bosnia and Herzegovina struggled to defeat Liechtenstein (2-1) thanks in particular to Edin Dzeko's opener.