Portugal Ease Past Mozambique

Danny was the man of the match as Portugal crushed their African opposition 3-0 on Tuesday. This was the final test for the Seleccao before their first World Cup match on June 15th against the Ivory Coast. The first half looked much the same as their goalless draw against Cape Verde just two weeks earlier. News had come in before the game that Nani would miss the World Cup due to injury, so there was a slight sadness in the air. Danny, however, filled the void exceptionally well, putting in a man-of-the-match performance, scoring one and assisting another.

The first goal came after halftime as Danny latched on the a perfect Deco through-ball, took it around the keeper, and finished in the open net. Danny was involved in the second goal also. Fabio Coentrao played the Zenit man through, who teed Hugo Almeida up perfectly for the goal. The third goal came late in the game when Ronaldo’s shot was puched by the keeper right to Almeida who made no mistakes in finishing.

Eduardo, Miguel, Bruno Alves, Ricardo Carvalho, Fabio Coentrao, Pedro Mendes (Pepe), Raul Meireles (Miguel Veloso), Deco (Tiago), Simao (Ronaldo), Liedson (Hugo Almeida), Danny (Duda)

New Friendlies Lined up for Portugal

Today, Portugal announced(everything) some of their pre-World Cup opponents. First on May 24, Portugal play Cape Verde at home. This game won’t be any trouble for us. It will probably just merely be a team-building game. Next, on June 1st, we face Cameroon at home. This game is going to be tricky. Cameroon have just come off a very disappointing Africa Cup of Nations display, being eliminated by eventual – champions Egypt in the quarterfinals. Next, on June 8, while we are already in South Africa, we will face Mozambique, who came off an even worse  Cup of Nations display.