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

BY KUNLE SOLAJA

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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