Fernando Santos' team thrashed Nigeria without Cristiano Ronaldo, but with a great Bruno Fernandes
MADRID, 17 Nov. (EUROPA PRESS) -
Portugal defeated (4-0) this Thursday with solvency the Nigerian team, in a friendly match held at the José Alvalade stadium in Lisbon, in which the Portuguese presented their gala eleven, although with the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, he goes down for a gastroenteritis.
Fernando Santos's team did not acknowledge the absence of the Portuguese star, who has raised controversy due to his recent appearances on television, and successfully resolved the last litmus test before heading to Qatar 2022. The Portuguese team showed off its great punch and He left his letter of introduction for the World Cup with Bruno Fernandes' double and goals from Gonçalo Ramos and Joao Mario.
The Manchester United midfielder was the undisputed leader of his team, as well as the one in charge of opening the scoring, first after picking up a good ball from Dalot that he did not hesitate to send into the back of the net and then making it 2-0 from a penalty after a hand in the Ndidi area.
Already in the second half, and after minute 80, Ramos took advantage of a gift from Guerreiro in the small area to score on an empty goal and seal the game. The Benfica striker completed his night assisting Joao Mario with his heel for the final 4-0.
Nigeria was able to close the gap from eleven meters before the third Portuguese goal, but Rui Patricio guessed the shot to Dennis. Portugal will debut in the World Cup next Thursday against Ghana, in a Group H that also includes Uruguay and South Korea.