Portugal 7, Andorra 0: Portugal run down Andorra


PEDRO Neto and Paulinho scored on their Portugal debuts while Renato Sanches impressed and Cristiano Ronaldo scored in a 7-0 rout of Andorra.

  Handed his first international outing in Wednesday morning’s (AEDT) friendly at Estadio da Luz, Neto put Portugal ahead early on, with Braga forward, Paulinho soon getting in on the act.

  Called on from the bench at half-time, Ronaldo – who missed some golden chances before scoring Portugal’s sixth – set up Sanches for his first international goal since Euro 2016, with Paulinho then doubling his tally.

  Emili Garcia netted an own goal as Andorra’s defence crumbled under the quality at Portugal’s disposal, with Joao Felix hammering in to round off the scoring late on.

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  It took just eight minutes for Portugal to open the scoring, and for Neto to grab his debut goal, with the Wolves youngster slamming home on the half volley after Sergio Oliveira and Paulinho combined.

  Sanches went close with a low long-range strike which was saved by Josep Gomes, who was beaten for a second time when he failed to keep out Paulinho’s toe-poke.

  Ronaldo should have done better after coming on as a half-time substitute, with the Juventus star heading over from close range, but he turned provider for Portugal’s third goal after 56 minutes, teeing up Sanches to sweep in a strike that opened the floodgates.

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  Paulinho’s brilliant header from Mario Rui’s cross put Portugal four up just after the hour mark, before Ronaldo looped another attempt over.

  Ronaldo thought he had created another goal when he bundled it through to William Carvalho, only for the offside flag to cut the celebrations short, though Portugal had a fifth when Garcia diverted Bernardo Silva’s cross beyond Gomes.

  After missing another gilt-edged chance, Ronaldo finally had his goal when he headed in from point-blank range, with fellow substitute, Joao Felix wrapping things up in the 88th minute.


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