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Portugal 4 x 0 Nigeria in a pre-World Cup friendly

Even with out Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal had no problem and beat Nigeria 4-0 right this moment (seventeenth), in the final friendly earlier than the World Cup, on the José Alvalade stadium in Lisbon. The quantity 7 shirt was lower from the final engagement earlier than the journey to Qatar as a result of gastroenteritis.

In the center of the participant’s absence, Bruno Fernandes stood out on the sphere, as he scored the primary two objectives of the sport, each in the opening section. In the second half, Gonçalo Ramos and João Mário closed the scoring.

Now, Portugal’s focus is on the Cup. The group led by coach Fernando Santos will make their World Cup debut subsequent Thursday (24) at 1:00 PM (Brazilian time) towards Ghana, who beat Switzerland 2-0 in a friendly this morning.

Who did it proper: João Félix

Although Bruno Fernandes scored twice, the person of the match was João Félix. Rejected by Diego Simeone from Atletico Madrid, regardless of being the most costly signing in the membership’s historical past, the quantity 11 had a nice evening at Alvalade. Portugal’s greatest strikes got here from his toes: he was concerned in the objectives of Bruno Fernandes (first), Gonçalo Ramos and João Mário.

Stamping each attacking transfer, his point out was clear when Fernando Santos saved the pitch at half-time and changed Bernardo Silva and Bruno Fernandes who scored twice. He virtually scored two objectives in the second half. In the start, Uzoho’s protection stopped nicely. Then it ended exterior.

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Portugal’s João Félix in a friendly towards Nigeria

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Who was unhealthy: André Silva

Without Cristiano Ronaldo, it was as much as André Silva to command the assault. With the quantity 9 shirt on his again, the Red Bull Leipzig striker was upset, as he has been in the present Bundesliga season. With little mobility and participation, the centre-forward did not reap the benefits of Fernando Santos’ alternative and ought to be a mere reserve in Qatar, even when Diogo Jota just isn’t on the World Cup.

André Silva, Portuguese, in the friendly against Nigeria - Octavio Passos / Correspondent - Octavio Passos / Correspondent (*4*)

Portuguese André Silva in a friendly towards Nigeria

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Home entertainer and Portuguese area

It took lower than 10 minutes to open the scoring. In the eighth minute of the primary half, João Felix obtained it in the center of the sphere and made a stunning shot at Dalot. The right-back wasted his composure to clear the mark and serve Bruno Fernandes, benefiting from the empty internet to place Portugal forward.

Even with the benefit, Fernando Santos’ group continued to press and create alternatives to broaden. In addition to Bruno Fernandes, the Portuguese had a good participation in the assault from Bernardo Silva and João Félix.

Portugal prolong from the penalty

Already in the final stage of the opening stage, in the thirty third, Bernardo Silva picked it up from the left and tried to cross, however the ball went straight into the arm of Osayi-Samuel. The referee didn’t hesitate and awarded the penalty, which was transformed by Bruno Fernandes, chosen to overlook the official kicker Cristiano Ronaldo. From then on, the Portuguese performed extra calmly in the sport and managed the benefit with only a few scares.

Benfikistas have a good time in Alvalade

Even on the residence of their predominant rivals Sporting – for the primary time no athlete is known as up for the Portuguese nationwide group – there have been followers of Benfica, the most important in Portugal. António Silva, João Mário and Gonçalo Ramos, in addition to João Félix and Bernardo Silva, Seixal’s descendants and designated supporters of the group, the “followers” stood up in applause. The nice habits of the Atlético de Madrid striker was additionally celebrated in Lisbon.

Rui Patrício saved the penalty on the finish

There was nonetheless time for the goalkeeper to point out service to educate Fernando Santos. The holder of the Portuguese Cup, Rui Patrício, saved a penalty taken by Emmanuel Dennis in the thirty fifth minute of the ultimate stage.

Portugal closes the coffin

A penalty saved by Rui Patrício minutes later, Portugal doubled their lead. After a good trade of passes, Gonçalo Ramos obtained it from João Félix and scored the third. João Mário then took benefit of a new collective motion to show the end result into a defeat.

Go away, Qatar!

After profitable the final friendly earlier than the cup, the Portuguese nationwide group will go away for Qatar tomorrow (18). The Portuguese are in Group H, together with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea

DATA SHEET:

PORTUGAL 4 x 0 NIGERIA

The motive: worldwide friendly
Date and time: November 17, 2022 (Thursday), 15:45 (Brazil time)
Place: José Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon (Portugal)
Yellow playing cards: Ricardo Horta (POR)
Goals: Bruno Fernandes (POR), 8′ and 34’/Q1 (1-0 and 2-0), Gonçalo Ramos (POR), 36’/Q2 (3-0) and João Mário (POR), 38’/2ºT (4-0)

PORTUGAL: Rui Patricio; Dalot, Rúben Dias (Pepe), António Silva and Nuno Mendes (Raphaël Guerreiro); William Carvalho, Otávio (Ricardo Horta) and Bruno Fernandes; Bernardo Silva (João Mário), André Silva (Gonçalo Ramos) and João Félix. Technician: Fernando Santos

NIGERIA: Uzoho; Osayi-Samuel, Akpoguma, Troost-Ekong and Bassey; Ndidi, Lookman (Chukwueze), Aribo (Etebo), Iwobi and Simon (Emmanuel Dennis); Moffi (Onuachu). Technician: Jose Peseiro

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