Arsenal’s Cedric Soares set up a goal for Portugal on his comeback start for his country, after more than two years away from the side.

Cedric Soares (R) with the Portugal national team (Photo via Cedric on Twitter)
Cedric Soares (R) with the Portugal national team (Photo via Cedric on Twitter)

Before this weekend, it had been a long time since Cedric Soares had last featured for Portugal. The last international break he received a call-up was November 2018, and the last time he made an appearance was a month earlier than that.

More than two years later, with Cedric starting to break into the Arsenal team and a couple of conveniently-timed injuries, the right-back found himself with a chance to work his way back into the national team setup.

The 29-year-old got a surprise Portugal call-up earlier this month, and he was named in the starting lineup to face Serbia on Saturday.

Though the match finished 2-2, Cedric will have done his chances no harm with his individual performance. He made two clearances, an interception, blocked three shots, and he set up Portugal’s second goal with a nice cross.

It’s probably fairly unlikely Cedric features in Portugal’s final match of the break, a trip away to Luxembourg on Tuesday, 30th March. After playing 90 minutes against Serbia, the Arsenal full-back will likely drop back to the bench for the next one.

But Cedric has at least given himself a glimmer of hope of a further call-up for the Euros this summer.