Ronaldo Inspires Portugal To Victory Over Belgium

Portugal captain and talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo ended his run of four international games without a goal to lead his country to a deserving victory over Belgium in a friendly match on Tuesday.

Belgium suffered defeat in their first game since the Brussels attacks as Cristiano Ronaldo ended a run of four internationals without a goal.

Portugal took control when Nani finished confidently midway through the half after getting behind the defence.

Ronaldo’s glancing header doubled the lead in Leiria, which staged the game after it was moved from Belgium amid security fears.

Romelu Lukaku headed home a cross from brother Jordan but Portugal held on.

The visitors, known as the Red Devils, wore t-shirts during the warm-up that sported the message “in memory of all victims” across the chest.

Portugal – who are grouped with Iceland, Hungary and Austria at Euro 2016 – were inspired by the elusive Ronaldo, who teased Belgium with his trickery and pace.

Both countries will now play three more friendlies before Euro 2016.

Belgium, who were unbeaten in five matches before kick-off, face Switzerland, Norway and Finland in the space of eight days, while Portugal meet Norway, England and Estonia.


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