Portugal Push Aside Iceland

Portugal made it two wins from two for Paulo Bento. Goals from Ronaldo, Raul Meireles, and Helder Postiga gave the visitors a comfortable 3-1 victory over minnows Iceland. The Seleccao put in another assured performance, with Ronaldo, Meireles, and Moutinho at the heart of most of it. Ronaldo put the visitors ahead with one of his trademark free-kicks. I believe it was the first free-kick goal he has scored for Portugal. Nevertheless, it was quite spectacular. After the goal, Portugal continued to dominate, most notably with Hugo Almeida shooting wide. Soon after, some nervous hand from Eduardo let Helguson’s shot in, but that was about the extent of Iceland’s attacking all night. Portugal then made it 2-1 when Raul Meireles picked up a poor clearance from an Icelandic player and smashed the ball into the back of the net. His thunderous drive is a thing to behold. I suggest Youtube-ing it. Substitute Helder Postiga, who is new to the Portugal setup after a two year absence, picked up Portugal’s third after he pounced on a rebound from the Icelandic keeper.

What we learned from this game: 1. Meireles is in great form for Portugal at the moment. 2. Paulo Bento knows what he is doing. 3. Ronaldo is finally being used to his fullest, no doubt because Bento is smart.,

Eduardo, Pereira, Carvalho, Pepe, Coentrao, Meireles, Nani (Danny), Carlos Martins (Tiago), Joao Moutinho, Ronaldo, Hugo Almeida (Postiga)

Portugal Sweep Away 10-man Cameroon

Portugal finally look to be on track for the World Cup after an impressive 3-1 win over the no-so-indomitable lions. The star of the night was Raul Meireles, who enjoyed a spectacular evening, and had two goals to show for it. It comes as no surprise that he is courted by the likes of Marsielle. The Seleccao played a tougher, and prettier, style of play than they did against Cape Verde, just a week earlier. Portugal wanted to win. You could just tell.

The game started off with a bang. Within the first minute, Assou-Ekotto back-passed to Kameni, who screwed around with the ball too long, almost giving Liedson the chance to put it away, but it went out for a goal kick. Later on, Cameroon star Samuel Eto’o got the double yellow, first for protesting a call, second for a vicious tackle on Duda. That meant that Cameroon were down to ten-men, and without their captain and star player. The breaktrough came in the 32nd minute when some slick passing between Paulo Ferreria and Simao left the latter space to cross, which was hit first-time by Meireles into the back of the net. Meireles was then at the double when his lucky cross-shot fooled the Cameroon keeper. Cameroon took one back when Webo headed past a helpless Eduardo, but Nani squashed all hope of a Cameroon comeback with his delectable chip late in the game to make the final score 3-1.

Eduardo, Paulo Ferreira (Miguel, 45), Bruno Alves (Rolando, 63), Ricardo Carvalho, Duda (Coentrao, 63), Pedro Mendes (Ricardo Costa, 73), Raul Meireles, Deco, Cristiano Ronaldo, Liedson (Danny, 45), Simao (Nani, 45)