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29/03/16
Estádio Dr.Magalhães Pessoa
International friendlies • Regular
  • 2nd Half
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • PereiraDanny
    87'
  • DenayerBoyata
    86'
  • Dembélé
    85'
  • Pereira
    85'
  • FellainiDembélé
    79'
  • GomesCarvalho
    74'
  • MertensBatshuayi
    67'
  • Lukaku
    62'
  • NaniÉder
    61'
  • Cristiano RonaldoQuaresma
    61'
  • GilletLukaku
    59'
  • 1/2 Time
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • João MárioSilva
    45'
  • SilvaSanches
    45'
  • 1st Half
  • Portugal
  • Belgium
  • Cristiano Ronaldo
    40'
  • Nani
    20'
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Portugal - Belgium
International friendlies - 29 March 2016

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FULL-TIME! The referee brings an entertaining clash to an end. Nani and Ronaldo gave Portugal a two-goal lead at the break and Lukaku scored a consolation in the second-half. It's a well deserved win for Fernando Santos' side.

90' 

Three minutes to be added on at the end of this one.

89' 
Belgium

It would be quite harsh to judge Belgium on this performance, it has to be said. They're missing a number of key players - players they'll hope will have a major impact on the Euros in June.

88' 
Belgium

Belgium made a great start to the second-half and found a way back into the match but they've been poor in the last 20 minutes or so. They haven't been helped by the amount of substitutions made.

87'
Portugal

PORTUGAL SUB! Yet another change - Danny replaces Danilo.

86'
Belgium

BELGIUM SUBS! Dedryck Boyata replaces Denayer.

85' 

It's become quite scrappy in recent moments with both sides guilty of conceding possession cheaply.

84'

YELLOW CARDS! Danilo and Dembele are booked after a coming together in the centre of midfield. It's not often you see tempers flare in a friendly and the referee makes the right decision to produce his first yellow cards of the night.

83'
Portugal

OVER! Quaresma collects the ball just inside the area but he can't decide which leg to shoot with! He eventually sends his shot well over the bar. He has had a good game since being introduced on the hour-mark though.

81' 
Belgium

Chadli gets by his marker on the flank and whips in a cross but Pepe, who has had a great game in defence, forces the ball out for a Belgium corner.

79'
Belgium

BELGIUM SUB! Mousa Dembele replaces Fellaini.

78' 
Portugal

OVER! Guerreiro collects in space and the full-back has a rush of blood, leans back and fires a shot into row-Z. Just a little over 10 minutes to play.

76' 

There's not too much happening at the moment but you'd imagine the Belgians will find an extra gear in search of an equaliser.

75'
74' 
Portugal

SAVE! Lukaku loses possession and suddenly Portugal launch a counter-attack with Quaresma finding space for a shot but it's straight at Courtois who makes a comfortable save.

73'
Portugal

PORTUGAL SUB! William Carvalho replaces Gomes.

71' 
Portugal

OVER! Guerreiro steps up to take the free-kick, it curls over the wall but it's always rising.

70' 
Portugal

Vermaelen concedes a needless foul on Portugal's Silva and the hosts have a chance from a free-kick in a dangerous area. Ronaldo is off the pitch so it'll be interesting to see who takes the set-piece.

69'
67' 

Belgium have upped the tempo since the restart and with little over 20 minutes to play they still have plenty of time to find an equaliser.

66'
Belgium

BELGIUM SUB! Michy Batshuayi replaces Mertens.

64' 

That is the kind of delivery Lukaku thrives on and he simply hasn't been supplied with enough crosses tonight.

63'

Not quite...

62'
Belgium

GOAL! Portugal 2-1 Belgium - The Lukaku brothers link up to score! Jordan, just on as a substitute, finds Romelu at the near post and the Everton man heads past Rui Patricio! It's a goal straight from the back garden!

59'
Portugal

DOUBLE PORTUGAL CHANGE! Ricardo Quaresma and Eder are on with the goalscorers Nani and Ronaldo making way.

58'
Belgium

BELGIUM SUB! Jordan Lukaku replaces Gillet.

57' 

Right, here comes the subs....

56'
Belgium

OFFSIDE! Belgium look much more dangerous now but their latest attack is prevented by the linesman who flags Nainggolan offside.

55' 

This is a friendly so expect to see plenty of changes in the second-half. Portugal have already made two.

54'
Belgium

SAVE! Nainggolan strikes the ball low and hard from a free-kick but Rui Patricio is equal to it. The Roma man has been arguably Belgium's best player so far.

52' 

Ronaldo celebrates scoring Portugal's second goal.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates his goal against Belgium.
51' 
Portugal

MISS! Gillet concedes possession in a dangerous area which allows Ronaldo to pounce but the Real Madrid star fails to find the target. He should do better.

49' 

The second-half has been much more even than the first period was. Belgium are now seeing a lot more of the ball.

47' 
Belgium

It's quite a surprise that Belgium have not yet made any changes in personel. Marc Wilmots may have changed his tactics - the system simply didn't work in the first-half with Lukaku left completely isolated up front.

46'

We're back underway in the second-half. Portugal have made two changes - Bernardo Silva replaces Joao Mario and Silva makes way for Renanto Sanchez.

HT

HALF-TIME! The referee calls time on the first-half. Portugal are in complete control - Nani opened the scoring on 20 minutes and Ronaldo added a second on 39 minutes.

44' 

There will be one minute of added time at the end of the first-half.

42'
Portugal

CHANCE! Joao Mario delivers yet another great cross - this time to the back post - but Mario can't apply the finishing touch as he gets his shot all wrong. The ball is sent to the stands.

41'
Belgium

BLOCK! Witsel fires a volley from the edge of the area but Pepe gets in the way - a crucial intervention. That is as close as Belgium have come so far.

40' 

Belgium just haven't started yet. Is there any way back for the visitors?

39'
Portugal

GOAL! Portugal 2-0 Belgium - Ronaldo scores on his 125th international appearance! He makes a late run into the penalty area to meet Joao Mario's deadly cross. A great goal.

38' 
Portugal

Nani celebrates his goal which came on 20 minutes...

Portugal's Nani (L) celebrates his goal against Belgium.
36' 
Belgium

SAVE! Nainggolan finds space in a central position and lets fly from around 25 yards but it's straight at Rui Patricio who makes his first stop of the evening. That's better from Belgium though.

35'
34' 
Portugal

Cedric is, once again, allowed space to deliver a cross but none of his team mates pick up a position at the back post and Belgium easily clear.

33' 
Portugal

The home fans are making plenty of noise at the moment and why not? Their team has been fantastic.

31' 
Belgium

Mertens is OK to continue - some better news for Belgium then.

30' 

Nani's goal on 20 minutes separates the sides as we reach the half-hour mark. Belgium have been poor, it has to be said.

29' 
Portugal

It's well defended by Portugal who launch a counter-attack with Joao Mario finding space but he brings the ball too wide when behind the visiting defence and the chance is gone.

28' 
Belgium

Mertens is caught in the centre of the park and looks in some pain. Belgium have a chance to whip the ball into the danger area now.

27'
25' 

Portugal made a slow start to the contest - they barely kicked a ball in the first 10 minutes - but they've really come to life since and could be leading by two or three goals. Belgium need to up the tempo.

24' 
Portugal

Cedric is causing all sorts of problems for Belgium at the moment as the Southampton full back continues to find space on the flank to deliver crosses.

22'
21' 

It's really poor defending by Vermaelen who completely lost Nani who was left in space to collect a deadly through pass from Gomes.

20'
Portugal

GOAL! Portugal 1-0 Belgium - Nani is played through on goal and he makes no mistake as he smashes the ball past the helpless Courtois. It's been coming.

19' 
Portugal

Ronaldo does indeed for goal but it's a waste as he smashes the ball into the wall.

18' 
Belgium

Fellaini goes through the back of Gomes and he should really see yellow here. Portugal have a free-kick from around 30 yards out and Ronaldo may try his luck from this distance.

16' 
Portugal

The hosts are well on top at the moment but have yet to find the breakthrough.

14'
Portugal

CROSSBAR! Ronaldo rises highest to meet the corner but it smashes against the woodwork - Courtois gets a fingertip to the ball!

13' 

Portugal are beginning to turn the screw and the visitors have their goalkeeper Courtois for keeping the scores at 0-0.

11'
Portugal

SAVE! Cedric picks out Nani with a wonderful low cross and Courtois makes a great stop as he tips the ball over the bar. Great chance.

10' 
Portugal

It was a wonderful piece of skill from Ronaldo which set up Gomes for the shot. The Real Madrid star is finally beginning to have an influence on this match.

9'
Portugal

DOUBLE SAVE! Gomes forces Courtois into his first stop of the night as he hammers a shot straight down the middle of the goal from a wide area, the Chelsea number 1 does well to parry the ball away but it's only as far Witsel who fires an effort at goal and Courtois does well to make yet another save.

8' 
Belgium

Fellaini appears to be caught by a high elbow in the middle of the park and the Manchester United man is down holding his face. If you can give it, you can take it surely...

7'
5' 
Belgium

Belgium have completely controlled possession in the opening stages and Portugal are chasing shadows at the moment. Ronaldo hasn't touched the ball once just yet.

4' 
Portugal

The corner is delivered to the back post but it's a Portugal defender who rises highest to clear the danger.

3' 
Belgium

Lukaku wins a corner as Fonte blocks the Everton star's cross. This is an early opportunity for Belgium to test the home side's defence.

2' 
Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo makes his 125th cap for Portugal this evening and he will be determined to make up for that penalty miss in Friday's 1-0 loss to Bulgaria.

1'

We're underway in Portugal as the hosts take kick-off.

19.44 

A minute's silence is being held for those who lost their lives in Brussels.

19.40 
Belgium

FIVE MINUTES TO KICK-OFF! Belgium have a much more challenging group, however, as they face Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden - some have deemed it the 'group of death'. Marc Wilmots' side are in good form though, having won their last five matches, and they eased through their qualification group. They're missing a number of key players this evening however and their squad depth will be truly tested against a Portugal side with a point to prove.

19.35 
Portugal

Portugal simply must improve if they are to spring a surprise at the Euros. It is true, they have drawn a relatively straight forward group - including Iceland, Hungary and Austria - but losing to the likes of Bulgaria is not good enough. They have an opportunity to showcase their ability this evening against the number one ranked team in the world in Belgium.

19.30

STATS! Belgium are unbeaten in their last five international matches having scored 14 goals. Portugal, however, have won just three of their last five games.

19.25
19.20
Portugal

Fernando Santos, Portugal boss (per BBC): "It's very important the match is being held, and to organise it in Portugal is a very good solution. I don't get the impression that during the match the players are going to think about the tragedy and that they won't be able to get away from it during the game. The important thing is the signal this match gives, the signal is that football is not afraid, the people are not afraid."

Fernando Santos
19.15
Belgium

Marc Wilmots, Belgium boss (per Daily Mirror): "I wanted to play in Brussels, at home, because I am against fear. We have to continue to live our lives. But I respect the decisions taken by the authorities. Me, I wanted to play here to show them (the terrorists) that even if the terrible events, which shook the country, that life goes on for the majority of people. That we are not scared and we will not change the way we conduct our lives. This is my opinion. We are very happy to play. There remained, however, to consult the players. I did not want to impose anything, either collectively or individually. I gave them two hours of reflection and after that, none of them showed any reservations or reluctance. They all wanted to play on Tuesday."

Belgium's coach Marc Wilmots
19.10
Belgium

Belgium will wear special warm-up tops with the message – ‘In memory of all victims – Brussels, 22.03.2016’ ahead of the game.

19.05 
Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo STARTS! The Real Madrid forward missed a penalty in Portugal’s 1-0 loss to Bulgaria on Friday and his coach had suggested he could be rested in preparation for the El Clasio at the weekend. Fernando Santos makes a total of six changes for this evening's contest with Nani and Pepe amongst those keeping their place.

Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo reacts against Bulgaria.
19.00 
Belgium

Marc Wilmot’s choices are limited this evening with the world’s number one side missing a number of players through injury including the likes of Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne  Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, and Jan Vertonghen. The emergence of Dries Mertens in the starting line-up is a boost however. The Napoli star had been a doubt. He starts in midfield with Marouane Fellaini. Want-away Everton striker Romelu Lukaku leads the attack.

18.55

PORTUGAL: Rui Patrício, Pepe, Fonte, Raphaël Guerreiro, Cristiano Ronaldo, Danilo, André Gomes, João Mário, Nani, Cédric, Adrien. /// BELGIUM: Courtois, G. Gillet, Denayer, Lombaerts, Vermaelen, Witsel, Nainggolan, Fellaini, Mertens, Chadli, Lukaku.

18.50
18.45 

“Football is not afraid” – that is the message delivered by Portuguese head coach Fernando Santos ahead of this evening’s friendly between Portugal and Belgium. The match was initially to be played in Belgium but was moved following the bomb attacks in Brussels which killed 35 people last week. Portugal’s football association offered Leiria as an alternative venue – and here we are. Stay tuned for all of the pre-match build-up and live match commentary.