The Wolverhampton Wanderers lynchpin and Molineux fan favourite played the full 90 minutes for his nation.
While Cristiano Ronaldo understandably stole the show which his four-goal haul and Bernardo Silva provided two assists for the Juventus man, Neves nonetheless did his bit on the night as he played several passes round, did the simple things well, and played the full 90 minutes for Fernando Santos' side.
Here is some of the reaction on social media to what fans made of Neves' display:
Ruben Neves occupying the deep midfielder role in the double pivot sitting just in front of the two CB’s spraying passes around for Portugal yet i’ll still get clowns on this platform who’ll try and tell me he’s not a regista... It hurts, it really does.— Jamie (@RegistaNeves) 10 September 2019
Also, and I’m not exaggerating here, not one England player gets into the Portugal side (with possible exceptions at centre half). Silva and Joao Felix > Sterling and Sancho. Ronaldo > Kane. Ruben Neves is better than England’s whole midfield, and he usually doesn’t start— Fionn (@Bheathadh) 10 September 2019
I watched the last 20 of the Portugal match. I know its Lithuania, but Portugal are real good. Neves doing all the set kicks. Teams so creative. Better then England atm, Im afraid— Slobert (@SlobertWolves) 10 September 2019
Nothing spectacular from neves tonight but did he simple things well. After watching the last few Portugal games he is a much better partner for carvalho then Danilo imo— cassie (@cassie_wwfc) 10 September 2019
I agree that Neves has not been great for Portugal. I also agree that D-W has worked well, allowing WC more useful freedom. My only issue is Danilo’s distribution...it can be really quite bad at times.— Yannick Mathieu (@ymathieu1) 10 September 2019
Neves hasn’t had too much on him, he’ll be fine.— Jamie (@RegistaNeves) 10 September 2019
Portugal look to be shaping up well the likes of Neves, Felix, Silva.— Z A N A (@ZanaKiaran) 11 September 2019
The WC could still be within CR7s reach https://t.co/hI6WvLkOFV
Portugal opened the scoring through Ronaldo's early penalty, before Vytautas Andriuskevicius equalised, but the Juve man hauled his side back in front as his 20-yard shot went in off the head of Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid man then scored two more from Silva passes, before William Carvalho's injury-time fifth ensured that what could have been a frustrating night for the Iberian nation ended up a job very well done.
The result keeps Portugal in an automatic qualifying place, five points behind Group B leaders Ukraine, while on the domestic front, Wolves are in Premier League action on Saturday afternoon as they host Chelsea at Molineux.
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