Portugal make mince meat out of Super Eagles

Portugal make mince meat out of Super Eagles
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The Manchester United midfielder doubled Portugal’s lead from the penalty spot in the 35th minute


World Cup absentees, Super Eagles recorded their most crushing defeat in decades as a Bruno Fernades inspired Portugal humiliated the Nigerian team 4-0 in the European’s team’s farewell game into the World Cup.

The defeat also means that the Super Eagles have failed to win any of the last five matches since their 10-0 defeat of Sao Tome and Principe in June.

The Thursday night  match marked the 10th time Nigeria had faced Portugal in all matches. Three of the matches were at U-17 level of which Nigeria lost twice and drew goalless once.

Six other encounters had been at U-20 level. Nigeria lost five times and drew 0-0 once.

The only encouter at senior level has ended in a crushing defeat. Bruno Fernandes   scored twice in the first half and debutant Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario added late goals  a World Cup warm-up in Lisbon on Thursday.

Iconic Ronakdo missed the match  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.

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