The Super Eagles of Nigeria were walloped 4-0 at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon by the World Cup-bound Portugal. Although it was an international friendly, Portugal dominated the West African side right from the very start of the game until the end.
It took just eight minutes before the Portuguese side opened the scoring as Joao Félix lifted through a lovely ball for Diogo Dalot, who was suddenly in behind the defence and thundering into the Nigeria area.
Dalot showed excellent composure as he waited for a moment before squaring the ball to Bruno Fernandes who tucked home from close range.
In the 34th minute, debutant Osayi-Samuel handled the ball in the Nigerian area gifting the hosts a penalty. Bruno Fernandes stepped up and struck it into the right-hand corner, sending goalkeeper Francis Uzoho the wrong way. 2-0 Portugal.
In the 80th minute, Nigeria were handed a chance to get back into the game after Diogo Dalot shoved over Osayi-Samuel just inside the Portugal area, and the referee pointed to the spot.Emmanuel Dennis who had replaced Moses Simon moments earlier stepped up to take it, but his effort was weak and goalkeeper Rui Patrício made an easy save as it remained 2-0. One minute later, it was 3-0 after Guerreiro made an impressive effort upfront and got acres of space before setting up debutant Gonçalo Ramos who tucked the ball home from six yards.
Meanwhile, Sports Brief earlier reported that Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of Portugal’s squad for the international friendly with the Super Eagles. Coach Fernando Santos confirmed that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner was having a stomach bug and would not be available for the match.
Ronaldo and his teammates are currently in camp in Portugal as they prepare ahead of their campaign at the FIFA 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
Cristiano Ronaldo has finally revealed what he thinks of his long-time arch-nemesis, Lionel Messi. The two players have dominated headlines for the last 16 years, winning every available trophy to them except the World Cup.
They are arguably the greatest players to ever play football and their fans are often involved in divisive debates on who’s better. Messi has won seven Ballon d’Or compared to Ronaldo’s five, but Ronaldo has the edge of gracing different leagues and shining in different competitions. He has been at Manchester United twice, at Real Madrid and Juventus.
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