Portugal serves Gibraltar a crushing defeat

Portugal serves Gibraltar a crushing defeat

Nani scored twice as Portugal thrashed Gibraltar 5-0 in their first game since winning Euro 2016.

The Valencia winger latched on to a lobbed ball from Bruno Alves to fire home the opener in the 27th minute of the friendly in Porto before heading Bernardo Silva's right-wing cross into the bottom left corner to double the advantage 10 minutes into the second period.

Fernando Santos' side, who were without captain Cristiano Ronaldo as he continues his recovery from the knee injury sustained in the Euro 2016 final against France, asserted their authority over the minnows with three goals in the final 20 minutes.

Full-back Joao Cancelo drilled home via the crossbar after Andre Gomes' lay-off for the third in the 73rd minute before Silva's weak shot squeezed under the body of Gibraltar's substitute goalkeeper Jamie Robba three minutes later following a blocked shot by Eliseu.

Real Madrid defender Pepe met Silva's whipped cross to head home the final goal of the night 11 minutes from time and complete a morale-boosting victory for the Portuguese ahead of their opening World Cup qualifying match in Switzerland on Tuesday evening.


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