Portuguese players celebrate after scoring a goal against Nigeria.
Portugal beat Nigeria 4-0 in a World Cup warm-up in Lisbon on Thursday, with Bruno Fernandes scoring twice in the first half and debutants Goncalo Ramos and Joao Mario adding late goals.
Cristiano Ronaldo was out with the stomach flu, but his Manchester United teammate Fernandes led a solid Portuguese side in their last game before traveling to Doha on Friday.
The only surprise was the debut of Antonio Silva, a 19-year-old Benfica defender who started for Pepe as the veteran recovers from a long-term injury.
In the 35th minute, Portugal extended their lead through Fernandes from the penalty spot after a pass from Bernardo Silva hit defender Bright Osayi-Samuel’s hand.
Fernandes easily converted the penalty for his third brace for Portugal.
“Perfection didn’t exist, or at least it’s very hard to achieve, but we made a great game that dominated every level,” Fernandes told Sport TV.
In his stride, Ramos picked up a short pass from Raphael Guerreiro and delivered a thunderous shot low to the center of the goal.
To the delight of the stadium’s 45,000 fans, Joao Mario sealed the victory with a shot into the bottom corner.
Portugal is in Group H of the World Cup, along with Ghana, Uruguay and South Korea.
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