William Carvalho capped off a remarkable 12 months by making his World Cup debut against USA.
The Sporting Lisbon midfielder came off the bench at half-time, and quickly set about showing what he could do.
Carvalho was unable however to prevent Portugal slipping to a 2-1 deficit, before Cristiano Ronaldo set up a late equaliser with a stunning cross for Guillermo Varela.
The Manchester United linked midfielder was however able to do plenty in his 45 minutes on the field, to show why he is so coveted.
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Carvalho gave Portugal an energy in midfield they had previously been lacking, and his composure in the final 10 minutes provided a platform for which they could go on and net an equaliser.
For a young player featuring in his first World Cup match, Carvalho appeared every bit the authentic star, and did himself little harm, furthering his own claims to start in the final encounter against Ghana.
His performance saw him attract plenty of praise via social media:
William Carvalho looked a top players against USA, calm in possession and he's a monster— Jamie Collett (@jamieberry11) June 23, 2014
William Carvalho is just a joy to watch. Calm on the ball, constantly positioned perfectly, good vision, distributes the ball well.— Jonas Giæver (@CheGiaevara) June 22, 2014
Was impressed by William Carvalho the few times I saw him last season. Been excellent since he came on #POR— Rupert Fryer (@Rupert_Fryer) June 22, 2014
The midfielder's performance left the decision made by Paulo Bento to leave him out of the opening game against Germany entirely a perplexing one, and enhanced his own reputation.
Carvalho will hope he did enough to win a start for the final group game, and continue to impress watching clubs.