Three quick points on Portugal's 1-0 loss to Albania in their opening qualification fixture for the 2016 European Championship:
1. Finding creativity minus Cristiano
After the painful sight of seeing him strain every frayed sinew at the World Cup, it was almost a relief that the indefatigable Cristiano Ronaldo dropped out of this Euro 2016 qualification tie through injury.
Much like fellow titan Lionel Messi last season, there had been a sense that Portugal's captain had been "paying the bill" (to...