Scotland 1-3 Portugal

A debut goal for Hélder Costa and a couple of second-half efforts from Eder and Bruma charged Portugal on to a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park, this evening, as the Seleção wrapped up a satisfactory international double-header.

In a tight first-half affair, Costa took his chance on the brink of half time to give the European champions a 1-0 lead going into the break. As the Scots prepared a fight-back in the second period, Portugal dealt with the threat that never really came, adding greater comfort to the score-line later in the half with a couple more efforts prior to Steven Naismith's consolation goal.

Fernando Santos, without Rui Patrício, Bernardo Silva and Pepe who were all released from international duty, made a total of ten changes to his first team in relation to the victory in Poland on Thursday, as they took on a Scotland side with absences of their own in the defensive sector.

There was a role to play at both ends for FC Porto's Sérgio Oliveira early on, directing a harmless header on the stretch at Scotland's goal in the 13th minute before giving his own keeper, Beto, a fright moments later when nodding the ball back to the Göztepe shot-stopper, requiring the 36-year-old to tip the ball over the bar.

The Scots pressed on with the aerial route, searching for the head of either Oliver McBurnie or Steven Naismith at the near post before the latter could direct an effort way over the bar in the 22nd minute, as the two sides endured a tense opening to the game.

Portugal replied through Cedric Soares, spotting Bruma's darting run into the box prior to the winger's inability to get much behind his first-time flick-on, as Craig Gordon collected the ball comfortably in the 25th minute.

Bruma followed up with the first genuine chance of the game in the 26th minute, nipping in ahead of a poorly-cleared ball to strike a shot wide when bursting into the box, via a Scott McKenna deflection.

Scotland persisted with wing-play, with Naismith again the target from James Forrest's cross before floating a header just wide of Beto's far-post in the 36th minute, as Alex McLeish's men began to perk up.

Portugal aimed to lay the hosts' growing momentum on ice with chances of their own through Eder and Bruma before landing a definitive blow on the brink of half-time, as Hélder Costa reacted first to a low Kevin Rodrigues cross by poking in the opener from close range, giving the European champions a 1-0 lead going into the break.

The British outfit issued their response early in the second half, with McKenna, courtesy of a set-piece, coming close to grabbing an equaliser in the 55th minute with a diving header hit just wide of the target.

Santos' men quickly regained control of the game, however, adding greater comfort to the task at hand in the 74th through Eder, as the Euro 2016 hero climbed high to head in Renato Sanches' free-kick and double Portugal's lead.

Bruma got in on the act to land a killer blow at Hampden park, crafting his way into the box before finding the top-right corner prior to Scotland's consolation goal on the buzzer, concluding a 3-1 win for Portugal.

By Patrick Ribeiro

Scotland XI: Craig Gordon - Andrew Robertson, Scott McKenna, Jack Hendry, Stephen O'Donnell - Callum McGregor, John McGinn (Andrew Shinnie, 67'), Stuart Armstrong (Kevin McDonald, 77'), James Forrest - Steven Naismith, Oliver McBurnie (Gary Mackay-Steven, 76')

Portugal XI: Beto (Claudio Ramos, 86') - Kevin Rodrigues, Luis Neto, Rúben Dias (Pedro Mendes, 56'), Cedric Soares - Danilo Pereira (William Carvalho, 91'), Sérgio Oliveira (Renato Sanches, 56'), Bruno Fernandes (Gedson Fernandes, 68') - Bruma (Rafa Silva, 91), Hélder Costa - Eder

 

Goals:

[0-1] -  Hélder Costa, 43'

[0-2] - Eder, 74'

[0-3] - Bruma, 84'

[1-3] - Steven Naismith, 93'

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Santos will surely be pleased with yet another comfortable victory away from home -- even if it was just a friendly match against a very limited Scottish side. The first half was slow and disjointed, but we looked far more dynamic and incisive...

Santos will surely be pleased with yet another comfortable victory away from home -- even if it was just a friendly match against a very limited Scottish side. The first half was slow and disjointed, but we looked far more dynamic and incisive after Renato and Gedson came of for Sergio Oliveira and Bruno Fernandes respectively.

Sergio Oliveira isn't a mediocre footballer, but he certainly isn't good enough for the Seleccao. Gedson accomplished more in his first 30 seconds on the pitch (beating his man in midfield and then playing an excellent ball over the top to Helder Costa) than Oliveira did in 56 minutes. It's also great to see Renato back at his brilliant best. He looked really sharp in his 20 minute cameo in Poland, and he was superb today against Scotland. A Renato Sanches full of confidence is one of the most dynamic box-to-box midfielders in Europe -- let's home that he continues to get consistent minutes for Bayern.

Eder put in a good shift and deserved his goal. Helder Costa and Bruma also did more than enough to warrant their spots on this largely experimental squad. Bruma in particular really staking his claim for a more permanent place in Fernando Santos' call-ups. His performances have been far more productive than anything we've seen from Gelson Martins.

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Another impressive show from a so-called B team? Saw potential in every one of these 11. Expected more from Bruno Fernandes and Sergio Oliveira, Bruma did well, which is great. But that class in Helder Costa and Gedson Fernandes when he came off...

Another impressive show from a so-called B team? Saw potential in every one of these 11. Expected more from Bruno Fernandes and Sergio Oliveira, Bruma did well, which is great. But that class in Helder Costa and Gedson Fernandes when he came off the bench...Hilarious! Finally a full deck of substitutes thay will never impact the tempo of this "new old" Portugal. Beautiful

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It's refreshing to see the "B" team having enough quality to win comfortably. There was a time when Portugal didn't have enough depth, and if the B team was playing, at best they would tie. This team looks confident and cohesive. How I wish the...

It's refreshing to see the "B" team having enough quality to win comfortably. There was a time when Portugal didn't have enough depth, and if the B team was playing, at best they would tie. This team looks confident and cohesive. How I wish the World Cup was starting next week as opposed to already being over!

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Great to see how far Bruma has come or more correctly how he has recovered from his rage quit at Sporting and then his injury in Turkey. He looked great out there, always a threat, always threatening.

Renato Sanches, WOW, he really is a time...

Great to see how far Bruma has come or more correctly how he has recovered from his rage quit at Sporting and then his injury in Turkey. He looked great out there, always a threat, always threatening.

Renato Sanches, WOW, he really is a time player isnt he? He needs to play alot to keep his form.

I am loving seeing these experimental squads. It has been really fun to watch.

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No Cristiano no party!

oh, wait....

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The Bench strength looks good.

Pedro Mendes looked more confident at the back.

IMAGINE, WHEN THE BEST PLAYER CR7 JOINS THE SQUAD.

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Guys, a favor please: any link to watch the Euro U21 qualification match tomorrow against Bosnia? It's very critical there, a win is a must, and we must sit and watch Russia or Belgium or Poland to slip draw or lose for us to get a spot among the...

Guys, a favor please: any link to watch the Euro U21 qualification match tomorrow against Bosnia? It's very critical there, a win is a must, and we must sit and watch Russia or Belgium or Poland to slip draw or lose for us to get a spot among the top 4 best 2nd among all 9 groups, in order to play in the play-offs. I'm just surprised how we dropped easy points and let Romania top the group that easy. The U21 team is full of talent and it'll be a surprise not to play in the Euro U21 being favorites!!

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I would like a link to the under 21 game as well please

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