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Portugal 2-1 Belgium

Portugal celebrate
Portugal and Belgium are preparing for Euro 2016 having both qualified for the summer's championship

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.

Take a look at how football paid tribute to Brussels victims

The visitors wore T-shirts during the warm-up that carried the message "in memory of all victims".

Ronaldo and Courtois
Belgium and Portugal players stood side by side before kick-off in a show of solidarity

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.

Nani celebrates
Nani finished his chance smartly and performed his trademark acrobatic celebration

Line-ups

Portugal

  • 1Rui Patrício
  • 21Soares
  • 3Pepe
  • 4Fonte
  • 5Guerreiro
  • 15André GomesSubstituted forCarvalhoat 74'minutes
  • 23Adrien SilvaSubstituted forRenato Sanchesat 45'minutes
  • 13DaniloBooked at 85minsSubstituted forDannyat 87'minutes
  • 16João MárioSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 45'minutes
  • 17NaniSubstituted forÉderat 61'minutes
  • 7RonaldoSubstituted forQuaresmaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Bruno Alves
  • 6Carvalho
  • 8Bernardo Silva
  • 9Éder
  • 10Danny
  • 11Vieirinha
  • 12Lopes
  • 14Carvalho
  • 18Rafa Silva
  • 19Eliseu
  • 20Quaresma
  • 22Eduardo
  • 24Renato Sanches

Belgium

  • 1Courtois
  • 7GilletSubstituted forJ Lukakuat 59'minutes
  • 15DenayerSubstituted forBoyataat 86'minutes
  • 3Lombaerts
  • 23Vermaelen
  • 18Nainggolan
  • 6Witsel
  • 14MertensSubstituted forBatshuayiat 67'minutes
  • 8FellainiSubstituted forDembéléat 80'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 22Chadli
  • 10R Lukaku

Substitutes

  • 4Boyata
  • 5J Lukaku
  • 9Batshuayi
  • 11Mirallas
  • 12Mignolet
  • 13Gillet
  • 16Engels
  • 19Dembélé
  • 21T Hazard
Referee:
Stephan Klossner

Match Stats

Home TeamPortugalAway TeamBelgium
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home15
Away13
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home2
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Portugal 2, Belgium 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Portugal 2, Belgium 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Danny replaces Danilo Pereira.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Dedryck Boyata replaces Jason Denayer.

Booking

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Danilo Pereira (Portugal) is shown the yellow card.

Mousa Dembélé (Belgium) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Danilo Pereira (Portugal).

Attempt missed. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Cédric Soares.

Corner, Belgium. Conceded by Pepe.

Attempt missed. Radja Nainggolan (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Axel Witsel.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Mousa Dembélé replaces Marouane Fellaini.

Attempt missed. Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danilo Pereira.

Hand ball by Marouane Fellaini (Belgium).

Attempt saved. Ricardo Quaresma (Portugal) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Renato Sanches.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. William Carvalho replaces André Gomes.

Attempt missed. Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Thomas Vermaelen (Belgium).

Bernardo Silva (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Axel Witsel (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Michy Batshuayi replaces Dries Mertens.

Foul by Axel Witsel (Belgium).

Renato Sanches (Portugal) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Goal! Portugal 2, Belgium 1. Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) header from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jordan Lukaku with a cross.

Dries Mertens (Belgium) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Bernardo Silva (Portugal).

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Eder replaces Nani.

Substitution

Substitution, Portugal. Ricardo Quaresma replaces Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitution

Substitution, Belgium. Jordan Lukaku replaces Guillaume Gillet.

Offside, Portugal. Nani tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Offside, Belgium. Dries Mertens tries a through ball, but Radja Nainggolan is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Radja Nainggolan (Belgium) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Dries Mertens.

Nacer Chadli (Belgium) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Pepe (Portugal).

Attempt missed. Dries Mertens (Belgium) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Radja Nainggolan with a cross.

Attempt missed. Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Axel Witsel (Belgium).

Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Portugal. Pepe tries a through ball, but Cristiano Ronaldo is caught offside.

Second Half

Second Half begins Portugal 2, Belgium 0.

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Tuesday 29th March 2016

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