Portugal beat Belgium, 4-3, in a friendly held on Saturday night, at the Municipal Pavilion of Santo Tirso, which sold out to see the two-time European and World champions.
Without Ricardinho – who said goodbye the day before yesterday, also against Belgium, but in Gondomar -, the team from the corners took the lead after 11 seconds, with Bruno Coelho, from a penalty, opening the scoring. Only two minutes later, however, Omar Rahou equalized the contention. Tiago Brito, Afonso Jesus and Nuno Miranda (who made his debut to score for the National Team, after his second cap), put Portugal with a comfortable margin, with Gabriel D’Ângelo, already close to halftime, reducing to 4-2.
The complementary stage was much less fruitful, with less fruitful enjoyments, with commanding Jorge Braz’s various situations. Who was not asked was Steven Dillién, in the 24th minute, who in the rebound to a shot defended by André Sousa, closed as the scorer’s accounts.
Portugal is now waiting for the draw for the main qualifying round for the 2024 World Cup, which will be held on July 6, in Nyon (Switzerland). The team from the corners, remember, will defend the title won this year, in the Netherlands, where, in the final, they defeated Russia (4-2).