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29.05.2016 » Portugal 3-0 Norway. Warming engines for the EURO 2016

Ricardo Quaresma scores a goal for Portugal ahead of EURO 2016 debut

Portugal completed their first test ahead of the EURO 2016 this Sunday night, hosting and easily beating Norway 3-0 at the Estádio do Dragão. Quaresma, Raphael Guerreiro and Éder secured the win with a goal each.

The preparation for the EURO 2016 has already begun and it's safe to say that Portugal got off to a good start by beating Norway 3-0, in a friendly played earlier tonight in Porto. The goals came in from Ricardo Quaresma, Raphael Guerreiro and Éder, all scoring a goal each. In the hangover of last night's Champions League final, Fernando Santos had to deal with a few key absences like Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe, both probably still toasting to Real Madrid's European success. Next Thursday, the preparation continues and Portugal flies over to London to face England in the Wembley stadium.

Portugal 3-0 Norway - Goals and highlights:

The EURO 2016 kicksoff on June 10, but Portugal's first game in the competition will only take place 4 days later, on June 14. That basically means that Fernando Santos and the 23 men he chose for this summer's massive journey in France still have a bit more than 2 weeks to oil and tune up the machine. That being said and judging from we've seen tonight, there are good reasons to believe that once the full roster is available, Portugal can certainly be taken into account among the candidates to win the EURO 2016.

In tonight's game against Norway, Portugal started marking their superiority early in the first half and reached the advantage still before the first quarter of an hour. The opener was a pure masterpiece from Ricardo Quaresma, one of many he already got used to deliver. The former FC Barcelona player picked up the ball near one of the edges of the area, faked a cross just before he cut inside and then curled the ball brilliantly into the far post. 1-0 to Portugal.

Renato Sanches playing for Portugal in 2016

Portugal kept creating chances in the first half but no more goals would be scored before the break. The lead was only extended in the 65th minute, when a free-kick taken by Raphael Guerreiro went straight into the top left corner. The 22-year old left-back converted the set-piece like a true veteran and scored his 2nd goal ever for his country, in only 6 caps so far. Not a bad stat for a full-back...

The final score was set shortly after, when Éder managed to find the back of the net from a low cross delivered by João Mário on the right. The Portuguese striker scored the 2nd goal for the Portuguese National Team, but what's more worrying is that this was already his 24th cap since 2012. Whether or not he'll become a first choice for Fernando Santos in the EURO 2016 debut game against Iceland, only time will tell...

Raphael Guerreiro and Adrien in the Portuguese National Team

Portugal line-up vs Norway:

Goalkeeper: Lopes
Defenders: Cedric, Ricardo Carvalho, Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro
Midfielders: João Mário, William, André Gomes, João Moutinho, Quaresma
Attackers: Éder.

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Cristiano Ronaldo next game with Portugal is a friendly international on June 2 of 2016, against England. You can watch Juventus live stream, England vs Portugal, Spain vs South Korea, France vs Cameroon, Ireland vs Belarus, and Poland vs Netherlands, all matches provided from our live streaming game pages.

Portugal next game:
England vs Portugal
kick-off time (02-06-2016):

Beijing (China) | UTC/GMT+8: 02:45
| UTC/GMT+7: 01:45
India (New Delhi) |
UTC/GMT+5.30: 00:15
(Madrid) | UTC/GMT+2: 20:45
Portugal and England (Lisbon/London) | UTC/GMT+1: 19:45
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) | UTC/GMT-3: 15:45
New York (United States) | UTC/GMT-4: 14:45
Los Angeles (United States) | UTC/GMT-7: 11:45

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Éder getting hugged by his Portuguese teammates

Fernando Santos Portugal coach for the EURO 2016

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