Nottingham Forest fans impressed as Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves inspire 9-0 win

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest's Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves were both on target as the Portugal U21s shone in a European Championship qualifier.

Portugal forward Gil Dias during the International Friendly match between Portugal U21 and Italy U21 at Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota on May 24, 2018 in Estoril, Portugal.

Nottingham Forest fans have only seen glimpses of quality from Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves since they arrived at the City Ground this summer as part of the Jorge Mendes inspired Iberian invasion.

But the on-loan duo certainly gave Forest fans something to look forward to in an outstanding performance for Portugal’s U21s on Thursday night.

Portugal battered Lichtenstein 9-0 in a European Championship qualification blitz and Dias and Goncalves were both on target, the latter netting a brace to take his tally to eight goals in ten games for the U21s.

Harry Souttar of Stoke City and Diogo Gonçalves of Nottingham Forest in action during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Stoke City at City Ground on September...

Goncalves, who arrived at Forest on a temporary deal from Benfica, was the star of the show, also setting up one of Heriberto Tavares’s four goals. Dias, meanwhile, made a major impact when he came on for Manchester United youngster Diogo Dalot in the final ten minutes.

No wonder Forest fans have taken to Twitter to express their excitement.

Monaco-owned Dias has had his moments under Aitor Karanka, notably a sublime chipped finish against Newcastle in the EFL Cup, while Goncalves was sent off on his first Forest start against Stoke City.

Gil Dias of Nottingham Forest during the Sky Bet Championship fixture between Nottingham Forest and  Millwall at City Ground on October 3, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

But could this 9-0 win be a sign of things to come?

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