Portugal 4-0 Nigeria: Man United midfielder Bruno Fernandes scores twice as hosts warm-up for World Cup with emphatic victory… but Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe both miss friendly
- Fernandes led a strong Portugal side in their last match before travelling to Doha
- Midfielder opened the scoring with a tap in and doubled their lead from the spot
- Goncalo Ramos fired home the third before Joao Mario closed out the victory
Bruno Fernandes scored twice in the first half and debutant Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario added late goals as Portugal crushed Nigeria 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up in Lisbon on Thursday.
Missing Cristiano Ronaldo due to a stomach bug, his Manchester United team-mate Fernandes led a strong Portugal side in their last match before travelling to Doha on Friday.
The only surprise was the debut of 19-year-old Benfica defender Antonio Silva, who started ahead of Pepe as the veteran works his way back from a long injury layoff.
Bruno Fernandes celebrates with Diogo Dalot after opening the scoring for Portugal
The Manchester United midfielder doubled their lead from the penalty spot in the 35th minute
Portugal: Rui Patricio, Dalot, Dias (Guerreiro 46), Silva, Nuno Mendes (Vitinha 46), William Carvalho, Otavio (Ricardo Horta 76), Bruno Fernandes (Pepe 46), Bernardo Silva (Joao Mario 46), Joao Felix, Andre Silva (Goncalo Ramos 66).
Subs Not Used: Jose Sa, Joao Palhinha, Danilo Pereira, Leao, Neves, Joao Cancelo, Costa, Matheus Luiz.
Booked: Ricardo Horta.
Goals: Bruno Fernandes 9, 35 pen, Goncalo Ramos 82, Joao Mario 84.
Nigeria: Uzoho,Osayi-Samuel, Akpoguma, Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Ndidi (Onyeka 46),Aribo (Etebo 69), Iwobi, Lookman (Chukwueze 46), Moffi (Onuachu 58), Simon (Dennis 77).
Subs Not Used: Okoye, Adeleye, Duru, Dessers, Awaziem, Ebuehi, Onyemaechi.
Roared on by a sold-out Alvalade stadium, Fernandes seized the first chance he had in the ninth minute when Joao Felix found Diogo Dalot and he teed up Fernandes to tap into an empty net.
Portugal doubled their lead through Fernandes from the penalty spot in the 35th minute after a Bernardo Silva cross struck the hand of defender Bright Osayi-Samuel.
Fernandes calmly converted the spot-kick to complete only the third brace for Portugal.
‘The perfection didn’t exist or at least it is very hard to accomplish, but we made a great game, dominating every level,’ Fernandes told Sport TV.
‘It was a win that give us great confidence ahead of our debut against Ghana.
‘We are a team, it is not about individuals and we have a great group, young players that are up and coming and hungry. We are ready to the World Cup.’
Portugal’s Goncalo Ramos fired a powerful shot low into the net in the 81st minute
Coach Fernando Santos made six substitutions in the second half and Ramos scored Portugal’s third immediately after Portugal goalkeeper saved a penalty from Emmanuel Dennis after the VAR spotted Dalot’s foul in the 81st minute.
Ramos took a short pass from Raphael Guerreiro in his stride and unleashed a powerful shot low into the middle of the goal.
Joao Mario closed out the victory with a strike into the bottom corner to the delight of around 45,000 fans in the stadium.
Portugal are in World Cup Group H with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
Joao Mario closed out the victory on Thursday night with a strike into the bottom corner
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