Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal ensure against Nigeria

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Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal ensure against Nigeria

Without his usual captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, victim of gastric disorders, Portugal received Nigeria on Thursday evening in Lisbon for its last warm-up match before flying to Qatar, where it will start the global competition in a week against Ghana. For this ultimate test, the Seleçao won (4-0) thanks to the achievements of Bruno Fernandes, author of a double, Gonçalo Ramos and Joao Mario.

Without wasting time, the Portuguese immediately started in the game to get several situations before Bruno Fernandes opened the scoring (9th) on a service from Diogo Dalot. Before halftime, the Manchester United player made the break from the penalty spot (35th).

In the last quarter of an hour, the Nigerians believed they could reduce the gap by obtaining a penalty (81st) but Dennis was unable to convert it. A minute later (82nd), Gonçalo Ramos made the hole for Portugal (3-0) before Joao Mario increased the score (84th, 4-0).

To preserve his players a few days before the start of the World Cup, Fernando Santos, the Portuguese coach, had left Bruno Fernandes, Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias and Nuno Mendes on the bench for the second period.

The Portuguese face Ghana in a week (November 24, 5pm) for their entry into the World Cup before taking on Uruguay and South Korea in Group H.

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