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'Bossed Silva & Bruno': Barcelona star lavished in praise on back of Spain's draw with Portugal


 

Viewers of the showdown between Spain and Portugal on Thursday evening have flooded to social media, to single one member of the former's midfield out for special praise.

La Roja, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

As part of the opening round of Nations League fixtures, Luis Enrique's troops welcomed fellow heavyweights Portugal to Seville, for a highly-anticipated clash.

And, when all was said and done, the two European giants did not disappoint, en route to an entertaining 1-1 stalemate.

It was hosts Spain who opened the scoring on the night, when a wonderful break from deep was finished with ease by the arriving Alvaro Morata:

Portugal, though, soon worked their way back into proceedings, before bagging what ultimately proved a decisive equaliser through Ricardo Horta with 82 minutes on the clock.

The evening's two nations, in turn, sit joint-2nd in the League A Group 2 table, behind the Czech Republic, who got their own campaign off to a winning start courtesy of a 2-1 downing of Switzerland.

Gavi lauded

With a wealth of talent - including the likes of Sergio Busquets, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva - on display at the Benito Villamarin this evening, it should come as little surprise to hear that fans from across the globe tuned in in their absolute numbers to take in the action between Spain and Portugal.

Amid the exchanges between the countries, though, it was the name of another which found itself upon the lips of viewers the world over.

The player in question? Gavi.

In the absence of Barcelona teammate Pedri, prodigious talent Gavi was afforded his latest international start on Thursday, taking his place in the middle of the park alongside the aforementioned Busquets  and Carlos Soler.

And the 17-year-old, in turn, went on to firmly steal the show.

After playing a key role in Morata's opener courtesy of a lung-busting run from deep, Gavi continued to impress throughout, en route to what many viewed as a Man of the Match display:

And the online reaction has since proven a sight to behold, with just some of the highlights from across social media showcased below:

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.



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