international friendly: Ronaldo-less Portugal thrash Super Eagles 4-0


By Sedara Oluwadara

Portugal earned a comfortable 4-0 win over Nigeria in their last tune-up match before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, reports.

The first encounter between both sides at the senior level was an unforgettable one for the Super Eagles.

Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring for the hosts in the 8th minute following good work from Diogo Dalot, the Manchester United midfielder made no mistake in tapping into the net.

Fernandes extended Portugal’s lead from the penalty spot after Bright Osayi-Samuel was penalized for handball.

The first half ended 2-0 in favour of the hosts.

The Super Eagles improved in the second half, starting with intent in other to get something out of the game.

Samuel Chukwueze replaced the ineffective Ademola Lookman, while Frank Onyeka took the place of Wilfred Ndidi.

Samuel Chukwueze was presented with a good chance, but Rui Patricio denied him the opportunity to reduce the deficit for Nigeria.

Super Eagles were presented with another chance to score from the penalty spot.Substitute Emmanuel Dennis missed from the spot.

The Watford striker defied the order of the coach to allow William Troost-Ekong to play the spot kick, he also refused to release the ball for Samuel Chukwueze.

Minutes later, Portugal scored their third goal through debutant Goncalo Ramos when he finished off a flowing team move.

Joao Mario put the icing on the cake for Portugal with the fourth goal to make it 4-0.

The Super Eagles have now lost all their four friendly matches under Jose Peseiro against Mexico, Ecuador, Algeria and Portugal.

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