Portugal 7-0 Estonia

The Seleção ended their EURO 2016 preparations in style, thrashing Estonia 7-0 on a balmy evening in Lisbon tonight.

Ricardo Quaresma was the star of the show, scoring twice and directly contributing to three other goals, and on the evidence of Portugal’s three recent friendly games the mercurial Besiktas winger has surely earned a starting spot in France this summer.

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo only played the first half, but it was enough to notch two goals, with Danilo and Éder also finding the net, in addition to an own goal from the hapless Estonians.

Fernando Santos started with Cédric and Raphael Guerreiro (impressive showing) occupying the full-back positions, and Fonte and Pepe in the centre of defence. The midfield comprised Danilo, Moutinho, André Gomes and João Mário, with Quaresma and Ronaldo deployed as a mobile front two.

In front of over 52,000 fans at the Estádio da Luz Portugal started off playing some zippy football, albeit without troubling Estonia goalkeeper Pavel Londak.

Over half an hour passed before the first chance was created, Ronaldo racing clear but seeing his shot kept out by Londak, who also blocked the follow-up effort from Guerreiro. The match was waiting for a spark, although a festive atmosphere was evident in the stands, with several spontaneous renditions of the official Seleção anthem for the tournament, Pedro Abrunhosa’s “Tudo o que eu te dou”.

Perfect trivela

It needed a piece of Quaresma magic to break the deadlock, the winger producing a fabulous trademark trivela cross directly onto Ronaldo’s head, the captain making no mistake with a thumping finish into the top corner.

Quaresma then went one better with a sensational goal, curling in a shot over the goalkeeper from a tight angle. He scored a similar goal against Norway in the friendly ten days ago and nearly did the exact same thing against England.

 


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Portugal were now flying and it was no surprise when they breached Estonia’s defence again just before the break. João Mário robbed the ball in midfield and combined beautifully with Ronaldo, before setting up the Real Madrid man for his second and Portugal’s third.

Ronaldo and Cédric were replaced for the second half by Nani and Vieirinha respectively. Estonia briefly threatened as Patrício’s punch was intercepted on the edge of the box and the ball ricocheted to Puri, who hooked his shot against the bar.

Different flank, same magic

But Portugal were soon pushing forward again, Quaresma especially causing havoc any time he got hold of the ball, in spite of switching to the right flank for the second forty-five minutes.

It was a Quaresma corner that originated Portugal’s fourth, his cross met by the unmarked Danilo who made no mistake. Quaresma then swung in another cross that caused panic, goalkeeper Londak punching against Mets with the ball rolling into the net to make it 5-0.

Quaresma, undoubtedly having his best ever game in a Portugal shirt, scored his second with a firm low finish across Londak from the edge of the box, after being set up by a typically forceful run from substitute Renato Sanches.

Another substitute Éder then got in the act, finishing from close range after being neatly set up by André Gomes.

All in all it could not have been a more satisfying night for Fernando Santos. The Portugal squad travel to France tomorrow and play their Euro 2016 opener against Iceland in St. Etienne on Tuesday 14 June.

Should they reproduce this form Seleção fans are in for something special over the coming month.

By Tom Kundert at the Estádio da Luz

Portugal: Patrício, Cédric, Pepe, Fonte, Raphael Guerreiro, Danilo, Moutinho, João Mário, André Gomes, Ronaldo, Quaresma (subsitutes used: Vieirinha, Nani, Renato Sanches, Ricardo Carvalho, Éder, William Carvalho)

Goal:

[1-0] Ronaldo, 36’

[2-0] Quaresma, 39’

[3-0] Ronaldo, 45’

[4-0] Danilo, 55’

[5-0] Karol Mets (o.g.), 61’

[6-0] Quaresma, 77’

[7-0] Éder, 80’

 

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Fantastic game by Portugal against minnows. Quaresma has definitely been stepping it up the past few friendlys!. He should definitely 100% start over Nani, FACT!!!!. Lets NOTA get to excited yet though I have followed NT team for 23 years and...

Fantastic game by Portugal against minnows. Quaresma has definitely been stepping it up the past few friendlys!. He should definitely 100% start over Nani, FACT!!!!. Lets NOTA get to excited yet though I have followed NT team for 23 years and have seen NUMEROUS EPIC FAILS. If we can maintain our cool (NO editor red cards like Pepes in Brazil) and not have any suspensions and OR injuries Portugal can go far!. I would prefer Portugal to play Belgium in next round as if they play Italy they will loose 100%, there are 2 teams that ABSOLUTELY OWN Portugal and that is park the bus Italians and France, it is very unfortunate BUT true!

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"His cross met by the unmarked Eder" Think you mean Danilo.

Well what a fantastic performance today. I can't remember a Portugal game this good probably since the 7-0 drubbing vs. North Korea.

Hats off to Fernando Santos for going with the...

"His cross met by the unmarked Eder" Think you mean Danilo.

Well what a fantastic performance today. I can't remember a Portugal game this good probably since the 7-0 drubbing vs. North Korea.

Hats off to Fernando Santos for going with the same line up many of us have been discussing here. We don't have to dream anymore.. we have a coach who's willing to take shots and did it ever pay off. Wow. One of the best Portugal games I've watched in a long time. Has to be up there with 6-2 Bosnia, 7-0 North Korea, and 4-0 Spain.

Both Ronaldo and Quaresma's goals were a master class. Breathtaking stuff. First one reminded me a bit of Figo's bending ball delivery to Nuno Gomes diving header at the back post in the 2006 WC third place match.

The best thing about this is that it looks like we nailed down our best starting eleven with the exception of Fonte for Carvalho. Quaresma is a must starter now without question and I love the energy Nani brought when he was subbed in. He got his wake up call. Competing for a place in the XI is bringing the best out of either one of them.

Andre Gomes is simply too good to come off the bench as well. Him and Joao Mario need to stay on together. I don't care if it's Germany or France. We have so many quality options in attack.. if we run into those "bigger" teams, we should take it to them. Renato has also impressed me a lot, I thought he'd never see the pitch in France but now I expect to see him play a significant role. He could very well be the breakout star that Ronaldo was in 2004. He isn't flawless with his passing so Moutinho should still be starting IMO but Sanches can bring his incredible speed and athleticism to the forefront when opposition gets tired.

Here's my lineup

Patricio
Cedric--Pepe--Carvalho--Guerrero
---------------Danilo-----------------
-----Gomes-----Moutinho-----Mario
----------Quaresma---CR7-----------

Attacking Subs: 1. Sanches 2. Nani
Defensive Subs: 1. Fonte 2. William

Here we go Euro 2016... FORÇA PORTUGAL

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Amazing game, yea Estonia isn't a great opponent but how many times have we faced worse teams and lost or won but 1 goal? Quaresma and ronaldo are great together, they both force teams to throw more then one guy on them, creating space for other...

Amazing game, yea Estonia isn't a great opponent but how many times have we faced worse teams and lost or won but 1 goal? Quaresma and ronaldo are great together, they both force teams to throw more then one guy on them, creating space for other players. I love sanches strength and energy. For quaresma 2nd it seems like he was waiting for even more players to try and take the ball from him. This is a great game to head into euros with, confidence has to be high right now!

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I've got to agree with SupremoGino. I'd like to add that both Cedric and Vieirinha have had good showings in qualifiers and friendlies, I don't think either is a dip in quality. Carvalho and Pepe are preferred center backs for me but it is good...

I've got to agree with SupremoGino. I'd like to add that both Cedric and Vieirinha have had good showings in qualifiers and friendlies, I don't think either is a dip in quality. Carvalho and Pepe are preferred center backs for me but it is good to know that Fonte will be an incredible solid reinforcement.

For our midfield, I think it's obvious this flexible 4-4-2/4-4-3 formation works better than the rigid 4-3-3 we saw under Bento. Moutinho, Danilo, Gomes, and Mario is an excellent group of starters, but I'm happy to look at the bench and see strong replacements in Rafa, Sanches, Carvalho, and Adrien.

As for our forwards, I think this new formation is really bringing the best out of them. Allowing them to float around, rotate amongst themselves, push wide, etc makes it difficult for the defense to mark individuals. It is also clear we do not need to rely on Ronaldo to score goals (we scored 4 today without him on the pitch!), and that secondary forward position is very much up for grabs between inspired Quaresma, improved Eder, and experienced Nani.

All in all, I really think we have a great depth in the squad this tournament. We have a lot of interchangeable players and talents in a flexible formation coached by a daring manager. Couple this with rock-solid defense (i.e. Carvalho) and world-class forwards (i.e. Ronaldo), and who knows how far we can go??

I'm excited for a tournament of beautiful Portuguese football!

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Portugal looked uncreative for the first half hour of the match. They could maintain ball possession but we forcing hopeful crosses into the box.
They were patient and determined however, and for the first time in a long time, played with a...

Portugal looked uncreative for the first half hour of the match. They could maintain ball possession but we forcing hopeful crosses into the box.
They were patient and determined however, and for the first time in a long time, played with a desperate passion. It paid off. After the first two goals Estonia had no choice but unpark the bus and move forward. This left them wide open, and Portugal smelled blood.
Quaresma was definitely the man of the match. He can bend it better than Beckham (if there ever really was such a thing).
I am loving the line up, and the subs. I am LOVING the 4-4-2!
Pepe also deserves note. He can read a play like no ones business.
No I'm not Portuguese, just a fan who had to pick a a team to follow because Canada will never make it anywhere in this sport. I've been following since the 2004 Euros when I thought they rightly deserved 'most enjoyable team to watch.'

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Quaresma/Ronaldo up front finally happening...there is no way Nani starts now; he would not have produced that against Estonia lol Quaresma playing up to that potential he had when he and Ronaldo were coming out of Sporting... Moutinho does not...

Quaresma/Ronaldo up front finally happening...there is no way Nani starts now; he would not have produced that against Estonia lol Quaresma playing up to that potential he had when he and Ronaldo were coming out of Sporting... Moutinho does not look impressive at all...hes lucky he has experience...Renato Sanches will be a big time Xfactor off the bench....Raphael Guerreiro is a must start also...his crosses are nice and crisp...Coentrao 2.0....Danilo is a far superior player than William also...with some luck we can be a semi-final team at least...anything less than the final 8 will be a dissapointment in my opion

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Credit to Quaresma he finally done enough to earn a place in the starting line-up such a dynamic player hopefully he can continue to make the right decisions and the diffrence. Ronaldo, scored 2 without stepping up a gear what a goal machine...

Credit to Quaresma he finally done enough to earn a place in the starting line-up such a dynamic player hopefully he can continue to make the right decisions and the diffrence. Ronaldo, scored 2 without stepping up a gear what a goal machine exactly what Portugal lack. Between him and Quaresma they killed off the game without before we could truly be tested.

Don't know. great on convidence, momentum but apart from goals think we truly lacke vision. Midfield worked their butts off specially Andre Gomes but don't think they had control in the middle until RQ and CR killed off the game. Considering our talent in the middle and opponents was not that impressed. I'm a huge fan of moutihno but think he needs a little more playing time, maybe euro has come a few weeks to early for him it's a risk but I'd start Renato in first game to give him a little more time, he will step it up when it matters.

Don't get me wrong it was great to see a trashing and extremely happy for players, well done! But would rather have seen our defence/midfield tested somewhat

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Well that was an immensely enjoyable game to watch and the perfect confidence boost for the team ahead of the Euros! When the Selecao get on a roll like that we are the most entertaining team in Europe by far. Germany, Spain, France etc, those...

Well that was an immensely enjoyable game to watch and the perfect confidence boost for the team ahead of the Euros! When the Selecao get on a roll like that we are the most entertaining team in Europe by far. Germany, Spain, France etc, those teams are very efficient and are effective at getting the job done, but none of these can compare to us when we are talking of real flair, skill and entertaining play. Hopefully we will be able to be efficient and effective too, because we certainly have the talent and potential to make a deep run in this tournament.

Quaresma was electric and quite simply has to have nailed down a first team place. I have always been a fan of his unique and immensely technical style of play. He gets criticized so much on this site and elsewhere, but he's a dying breed type of player: technical wizard who demonstrates that football is also about expression and entertainment, not just about getting results. In a way Quaresma more than any player represents what's so special about Portuguese football imo. Anyway him and Ronaldo looked superb together and hopefully they bring this form into the tournament.

In truth Estonia are not great opposition, but they are also not a total minnow like San Marino or something, so scoring seven was very impressive. The whole team looked very impressive and unified. I think the team that starts at the tournament should be the exact team that started this match, the only changes being Ricardo Carvalho for Fonte and Vierinha for Cedric. Renato again looked very impressive off the bench, and will be a very useful substitute to bring on in the second half with his energy and dynamic play. Nani will have to be content with a place on the bench, and Eder can be brought on if we need to change things and be more direct. All in all things are looking positive for our prospects of having a good tournament and we are a definite candidate to win.

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Santos is experienced enough to know what to do now: Keep the players with their feet on the ground. Sure it was an entertaining game. But it could have gone into a totally other direction, if Quaresma would not have had one of his most inspired...

Santos is experienced enough to know what to do now: Keep the players with their feet on the ground. Sure it was an entertaining game. But it could have gone into a totally other direction, if Quaresma would not have had one of his most inspired appearances in the selecçao-shirt. He booked 5 scorer points: 2 goals, 2 assists, 1 forced own goal by Estonia. Of course he has to be a starter. If Ronaldo and Quaresma are fit, they are the perfect couple up front and a menace for every defence. Their chemistry is amazing. Factors of uncertainty are Ronaldo's fitness and Quaresma's unfortunate tendency to get unnecessary bookings. But let's stay positive. Behind every action and decision of Fernando Santos, there is a reason. He is definitely the coach everybody - fan or player or staff - can trust in. Yesterday's squad looked like the strongest possible starting 11 for Portugal. Even with a Moutinho only on 80%. Moutinho always has been crucial for the strength of Portugal. When Moutinho played strong, Portugal played strong and successful. I don't really see a 1:1 replacement for him. Because there is nobody with his experience in that position on the field. What I have seen so far in the preparation matches, Renato Sanches is the best replacement. Of course he totally lacks experience and his passing quality is far from Moutinho's. But he has some strengths that are undoubtly as important as experience and passing quality: Fantastic ability to recapture lost balls in midfield and a irresistible energetic style of play. I bet, that no other of the Portuguese squad is able to run more miles than Renato. that's somebody who can tear apart the opponent's defensive midfield and create moments and space for CR and RQ. Of course it's a pity not having Bernardo Silva in the team - but Santos has to deal with what is available.
Expectations seem to be high - but we should not forget the learnings from the 2002 World Cup: Portugal went into the tournament as one of the major favorites - and they booked their flight home after 3 group games. It should have been the tournament of the "golden generation" - and it ended up in shame. That's what happens when you think you have won the games before they start. Santos has that in mind, I am pretty sure. And that's why it won't happen again. Hungary might be comparable to Estonia - but Iceland definitively not. they are physically stronger than Portugal and much more dangerous in counter-attack. Nevertheless I expect Portugal to win the group and facing Italy in the second round. If this occurs, it will be the "piece de resistance". It could result in a 2nd round out or it could direct the way to a very deep run in the tournament. Dreaming is allowed - but only for us fans, not for the players. they only have to care about the next 90 minutes. My dream is to see Portugal lifting their 1st national team trophy. With the fascinating story behind, that Cristiano Ronaldo finally got his major tournament title - but the nation and the world of football talks about his alter ego with the twisted career: Ricardo Quaresma, sleazy genius, in the fall of his career and fulfilling the promise he gave when he was 18.

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This is the first time in a long time that I have posted on the site(follower of the site since the early naughties) but going in to the tournament my opinion is as follows

The team out out last night is the one I and many others wanted to see...

This is the first time in a long time that I have posted on the site(follower of the site since the early naughties) but going in to the tournament my opinion is as follows

The team out out last night is the one I and many others wanted to see and except for the debate of Carvalho or Fonte everyone of those players should start against Iceland.

The defense was not tested except for the long range free kick that Patricio failed to deal with (hopefully that flap is out of his system) so no judgement can be made on this game. However from the past games Cedric, Pepe and Guerrero are the best options we have and I would think Carvalho would edge the last spot for his experience although Fonte and Cedric have the club understanding.

The midfield is again the best options with Danilo providing the steel and also as shown once again a very real asset attacking and defending set pieces. William will get time and is a great alternative and technically better so will be useful against the Germans or French alongside Danilo. Joao Moutinho will get better as the tournament progresses and has been too consistent in the qualfiers and past tournaments too leave out as well as being the only experienced midfielder that will start matches, to lead the others. Renato Sances is a beast for an 18 year old and could become a great in 10 years but for now a very interesting option from the bench. Joao Mario and Andre Gomes provide fluidity and creativity that will set the front two off.

Up top we finally will get the chance to see what most of us have been hoping for an inform Quaresma and Cristiano together causing havoc. Cristiano has always said he likes to have Quaresma in attack with him and I still think of the game v Brazil when the rarity of having both in the national team attack worked. For all number of reasons Quaresma has missed out and in some cases been held back and I still wonder with Ronaldo knowingly injured why we left Quaresma out of the World cup squad. Somewhat in a fairy tale manner these next two tournaments may finally provide us with the threat of RQ7 and CR7 and our best chance for a long time of glory. Eder will provide a different kind of threat when we need a plan B up top with Cristiano whilst Quaresma whips in crosses. Nani and Rafa have the explosiveness and guile to hurt teams late on, which is why I prefer Nani as a sub.

A country that should not be able to compete in terms of economics and population but once again a squad that gives us hope that this could be the year. No silly red cards or injuries and we can make the semi finals. From there anything is possible. Can't wait for Tuesday and once again I will head to Portugal from London to enjoy the games. Let's all hope for a great showing this time

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