Manchester United full-back Diogo Dalot was a late call up to Portugal’s international squad. Last night he made his debut for the team.
Dalot came on as a late substitute as Portugal battled to a 2-2 draw against France.
He came off the bench in the 78th minute to replace Nelson Semedo, with the scores tied.
Dalot did not put a foot wrong and after the game he sent out a message reflecting on a huge career moment, saying he has ‘fulfilled a dream’.
Big moment for Dalot
It is pretty rare for a player to make their international debut at a major tournament. Usually they have some experience, at least in friendly games.
Dalot is not a total novice of course, he has featured in big matches for United and AC Milan and also played in a European under-21 tournament final for Portugal at the start of this month.
His involvement in that team led to his call-up here as a late replacement for City’s Joao Cancelo.
Dalot made 10 touches during his time on the pitch, making one tackle, and ensured France did not go on to win the game.
The big winners from this could be Manchester United. Dalot’s future is unclear and he will return to the club with added confidence.
If the club do decide to cash in on him, because a deal for another right-back is in the pipeline, then clubs will be asked to pay up for a Portugal senior international.
It will take a serious bid to land Dalot, none of this loan with an option to buy nonsense, unless United still are not ready to totally give up on him.
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