November 18, (THEWILL) – In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, who is reportedly recovering from illness, Bruno Fernandes scored twice as Portugal comfortably defeated Nigeria 4-0 in their only World Cup warm-up game.
The lingering controversy surrounding Ronaldo’s critical interview where he directly criticised his club Manchester United aside, Fernando Santos’ team appeared unaffected by the noise as they dominated play on Thursday in Lisbon.
With two goals in the first half, the second from the penalty spot, Fernandes put Portugal ahead against Nigeria to underline their dominance. The score was later increased by Goncalo Ramos after Emmanuel Dennis’s late penalty kick was saved by Rui Patricio.
Joao Mario added a late fourth, and Portugal will now focus on their Group H opening against Ghana on Thursday next week as they aim to get to the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time in four attempts.
The Super Eagles’ winless streak in international friendlies now stands at 12 games as a result of the outcome. The next match for Jose Peseiro’s charges will be a qualifier for the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in March 2023 versus Guinea Bissau.