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Portugal
Paulo Bento
6th World cup
FIFA Ranking: 3
Best result: 3

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Portugal v England: Euro 2017 – live!

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Updates from the Group D game at Koning Willem II StadionScotland v Spain – live with Barry GlendenningEmail jacob.steinberg@theguardian.com. Tweet @JacobSteinberg 8.52pm BST 51 min: As it stands, Spain, not Scotland, are going through. That’s based on a three-team mini-league. Confused? Good. Scotland still need another goal. 8.51pm BST 50 min: Portugal are down to 10 at the moment, Dolores Silva receiving treatment off the pitch. 8.50pm BST Nikita Parris has done absolutely nothing. Until now. Christiansen lobs a ball forward to the striker, who uses strength and speed to bustle into the area, past the Portugal defenders, before prodding the ball underneath Morais to restore England’s lead. 8.46pm BST 46 min: Portugal get the second half underway. 8.33pm BST A messy half draws to a close. England led early, but their defence was finally punctured by Neto, whose goal means Portugal are sitting in second place now. 8.29pm BST 43 min: Scotland have taken the lead against Spain. As it stands, England and Portugal are going through. Related: Scotland v Spain: Euro 2017 – live! 8.28pm BST 42 min: The cameraman’s focusing a lot on the dugouts and fans in the stands, which tells you much about the quality of this game. 8.25pm BST 39 min: Morais charges off her line to boot a ball into the stands. If only she’d done that in the seventh minute, eh? 8.22pm BST 36 min: This is very scrappy. England don’t mind too much. Portugal’s need is greater. 8.18pm BST 32 min: A free-kick to England on the left. Greenwood swings it in and Potter glances well wide. 8.17pm BST 30 min: It’s still 0-0 in the other game. As it stands England and Spain are going through. 8.13pm BST 27 min: Christiansen’s booked. This isn’t working for England at the moment. 8.12pm BST 25 min: Now Mendes breaks down the right. Bassett cuts out her cross. 8.09pm BST 22 min: England could do with waking up. Diana Silva causes more problems on the right and her cross is just too far in front of the unmarked Mendes in the middle. 8.08pm BST 21 min: “You gotta love the curse of the MBMer, don’t you?” says JR in Illinois. “Well done. Not quite McClaren on Iceland v England but it made me chuckle nonetheless.” 8.07pm BST 20 min: Replays suggest that there was a foul on Christiansen in the build-up to Portugal’s goal. They can’t do anything about it now. 8.06pm BST 19 min: England look for an immediate response, Carney charging into space down the right. Her low cross is collected by Christiansen, who goes down on the edge of the area. Was there contact? The referee doesn’t think so. Play continues and Potter sees her shot blocked. 8.05pm BST 18 min: I’m happy to claim the assist/accept the blame for that goal. 8.04pm BST Game on! Portugal slice England open on the right, Diana Silva scampering in behind. Her initial cutback’s blocked by Bassett, but the ball rebounds to the winger and she smartly tees up Mendes, who taps in from close range. 8.02pm BST 16 min: Portugal are enjoying some possession now, but it’s largely of the sterile variety. England are well organised. 8.00pm BST 13 min: This tune’s blaring around the stadium. 7.57pm BST 11 min: There’s a sense that England’s second 11 could have some fun with Portugal here. The underdogs look extremely shaky at the back. 7.55pm BST 9 min: That was really rubbish. 7.54pm BST What a calamity at the back for Portugal! Under little pressure, Morais scuffs a dismal clearance against Toni Duggan, who was minding her own business nearby. With Portugal’s goalkeeper completely stranded, Duggan turns quickly and chips the ball into the vacant net from 20 yards. 7.51pm BST 5 min: Fara Williams reacts slowly to a loose ball in England’s half and sends Diana Silva flying on the left. She’s booked. 7.49pm BST 2 min: There are plenty of England flags in the stand opposite the camera. And one that just says LAURA. 7.47pm BST And we’re off! England, in white shirts, get the ball rolling from right to left. Portugal are in their red shirts. Mark Sampson’s looking stern on the touchline. 7.41pm BST The teams are out in Tilburg. Time for the anthems. Then, the football. England have a sizeable presence in the stands. 7.33pm BST A farcical start to proceedings on Channel 4! “Momentum is key in major tournaments,” Jermaine Jenas pundits, before being cut short when water’s suddenly hosed in his face! “The sprinklers have come on!” Clare Balding says. “It’s a rogue sprinkler!” Jermaine’s okay, though. He’s just a bit of wet. 7.08pm BST While England are all but assured of a quarter-final spot - a point will be enough and they’ll probably still top the group even if they lose here - Group D is still nicely poised. Spain and Portugal are level on three points, while Scotland still have a chance despite losing their first two matches. Scotland must beat Spain by at least two goals tonight and hope England can do them a favour by beating Portugal. That’s a tall order. Spain are talented. However they’re still vulnerable - only one goal separates them and Portugal, who could go through with a big win. Related: Scotland v Spain: Euro 2017 – live! 7.03pm BST Portugal make two changes from the win over Scotland. Vanessa Marques and Amanda da Costa are out. Suzane Pires and Melissa Antunes are in.Mark Sampson has made a Hodgson-esque 10 changes from the team that Spain, Millie Bright the only one to keep her place. It’s an understandable decision from the England manager, though. A likely quarter-final against France or Austria awaits on Sunday, so England need to keep their best players fresh. 7.00pm BST Portugal: Morais; Borges, Rebelo, Costa, Dolores Silva; Pinto, Antunes, Pires; Mendes, Neto, Diana Silva.England: Chamberlain; Scott, Bright, Bassett, Greenwood; Potter, Williams; Carney, Duggan, Christiansen; Parris. 4.51pm BST Hello. Famous last words: this should be a straightforward evening for England. After starting this tournament with a 6-0 thrashing of Scotland and a resolute 2-0 win over Spain, they’ve probably got it in them to avoid a 10-0 defeat against Portugal here. Barring a disaster, they could become the first senior England side to emerge from the group stage of a major tournament with a 100% record since 1982. Hear the Lionesses roar, Europe! Tremble at their might!Mark Sampson isn’t taking anything for granted, mind you, even if the manager is hopeful of another clean sheet. Portugal are below Spain on goal difference, but their win over Scotland means that they have a chance of reaching the last eight, and Sampson’s wary of them locating their tournament savvy. “This is a nation that found a way to win the men’s European Championship finals last summer having won only one game – very sadly for me, as a Welshman – over 90 minutes,” cautioned Sampson. “It’s an opportunity for Portugal’s women, at their first European Championship, to qualify for the knockout rounds.” Continue reading...

Lucy Bronze: ‘Mum will ensure my Portuguese dad supports England’

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The defender could have played for next Euro 2017 opponents Portugal but is closing in on a quarter-final place with Mark Sampson’s squad insteadLucy Bronze may have grown up in north Northumberland and have the accent to prove it but her olive skin suggests a southern European heritage.“My dad’s Portuguese, from Lisbon,” says Mark Sampson’s right-back, who looks set to be a star of Euro 2017. “My mum, who is English, met him in Faro and she’ll make sure he’s supporting England on Thursday night. He’ll be told who to support.” Related: Euro 2017 stutters of Germany and France a sign of rising standards | Suzanne Wrack Continue reading...

Dortmund star Guerreiro out for up to four months

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The Portugal international's injury was the subject of confusion at first after the Confederations Cup, but he has finally been forced into surgery

Portugal 2-1 Mexico | Confederations Cup match report

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Adrien Silva’s 104th-minute penalty wins game for European championsPepe’s injury-time volley saves game for Portuguese Portugal fought back from a goal down to beat Mexico 2-1 in extra-time in the Confederations Cup third-place game on Sunday.Facing defeat at the end of the 90 minutes, Portugal sent the game into extra-time with Pepe’s volley in injury time. Adrien Silva won it with a 104th-minute penalty following Miguel Layun’s handball. Continue reading...

Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Portugal squad to be with newborn sons

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After Portugal's Confederations Cup loss, the Real Madrid star confirmed the arrival of two boys

Claudio Bravo saves three penalties to send Chile to Confederations Cup final

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• Chile 0-0 Portugal (aet); Chile win 3-0 on penalties• Goalkeeper denies Ricardo Quaresma, João Moutinho and NaniIn his pre-match press conference the Chile manager, Juan Antonio Pizzi, predicted “it is going to be a beautiful semi-final”. He was right. Breathtaking attack and staunch defence failed to separate Chile and Portugal over 120 minutes before Claudio Bravo saved three penalties to send the South American champions into the Confederations Cup final.This was a match between ascendant football powers. Before 2015, neither Portugal nor Chile had won a major international competition. In the 18 months that followed, Portugal won the European Championship in Paris and La Roja twice won Conmebol’s Copa América. For both sides, Russia 2017 was a debut at this peculiar World Cup warm-up event and each manager had spoken of a desire to win the often-derided tournament. Related: Portugal 0-0 Chile (0-3 pens): Confederations Cup semi-final - as it happened Continue reading...

Portugal v Chile: Confederations Cup semi-final – live!

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Confederations Cup semi-final updates from the game in KazanThe Recap: get the best of our coverage in your inbox each FridayAnd feel free to email Michael or tweet him @michaelbutler18 6.10pm BST For more preview words, you could do a lot worse than read this from Martin Laurence. Related: Confederations Cup semi-final previews: Portugal v Chile and Germany v Mexico 10.18am BST Hello world! Welcome to the Confederations Cup semi-final between Portugal and Chile ! Cristiano Ronaldo and Alexis Sánchez! There will be 20 other players taking to the field, some of them very good at football, but it is hard to see past the tournament’s biggest two superstars going head to head.Ronaldo, as is his wont, has not let us down thus far. Three matches, two goals, three man-of-the-match awards (even if the last of those against New Zealand was bizarrely awarded to Him instead of Andre Silva, who registered an assist and this wonderful solo goal) to help Portugal top Group A. Sánchez is yet to hit full stride in the much tougher Group B, but he did become Chile’s all-time top scorer with a crucial strike against Germany. Both players’ futures remain unresolved at club level, especially Sánchez who is looking increasingly likely to leave Arsenal for Manchester City. Related: Manchester City confident of signing Alexis Sánchez from Arsenal Continue reading...

Ronaldo steers clear of future talk again after leading Portugal to Confederations Cup semi-finals

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The Real Madrid superstar was in upbeat mood after sparking a 4-0 victory over New Zealand, but is yet to shed any more light on his next club move

New Zealand 0 Portugal 4: Ronaldo on target as European champions win group to reach semis

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Cristiano Ronaldo was among the goalscorers as Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to reach the Confederations Cup semi-finals as Group A winners.

Hirving Lozano seals Mexico win to send Russia out of Confederations Cup

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• Mexico into semis after hosts Russia throw away lead to lose 2-1• Portugal beat New Zealand 4-0 to earn semi-final spotRussia fought valiantly in Kazan but the hosts could not avoid early elimination from the Confederations Cup, losing 2-1 to Mexico, who join the Group A winners, Portugal, in the semi-finals after the European champions beat last-place New Zealand 4-0 in St Petersburg.Needing a victory to advance from their difficult group, Russia played well and took the lead with a goal by Alexander Samedov in the first half, but the experienced Mexico side equalised with Néstor Araujo before half-time and secured the win early in the second half with a goal by Hirving Lozano after a blunder by the goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev. Continue reading...

LIVE: New Zealand vs. Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are chasing another title, with a positive result against Anthony Hudson's side needed to ensure a spot in the semi-final

New Zealand v Portugal: Confederations Cup – live!

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Confederations Cup updates with Portugal in action, kick-off 4pm BSTRussia get in gear and Love Island dalliances – Football Weekly ExtraEmail your thoughts to Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle 4.35pm BST Mexico draw level thanks to a looping header at the back post. Suddenly they’re back in the tournament and it’s Russia who will leave if the scores stay the same. Portugal will win the group. 4.34pm BST Ronaldo sends the keeper the wrong way and sidefoots the ball high into the net. Naturally. 4.33pm BST Doyle and Smith have hands on Danilo as he runs to try to get on the end of another corner - and when he goes down, the ref rules he was unfairly interfered with. 4.32pm BST 32 min: Portugal deliver an out-swinging corner from the right. Danilo gets his nut to it and his header is deflected inches wide! 4.31pm BST 30 min: Third time lucky? No. Quaresma digs out another teasing cross, again from the left, but this time Ronaldo mis-times his jump and fails to connect with the ball. 4.28pm BST A shambles in the Mexican box is punished by Samedov, who shoots low past the keeper from 10 yards. As things stand, Russia are top of the group and Mexico are on their bike! 4.27pm BST 26 min: Another cross by Quaresma - this time from the left - leads to another towering header by Ronaldo. And it bounces back off the underside crossbar, bounces of the keeper and out to safety ! 4.25pm BST 25 min: Wood causes havoc in the Portuguese box as he competes for a long ball. Ingham’s shoots over. 4.24pm BST 24 min: After neat interplay on the right, Quaresma curls in a good cross. Ronaldo soars in that imperious way of his and, as ever, gets tremendous power on his header from eight yards out. But it’s straight at Marinovic, who gathers it at the second attempt. 4.23pm BST 22 min: That’s more like it! Bernardo Silva conjures a little trick to beat Doyle before feeding Ronaldo. The superstar’s shot from the edge of the area is blocked. 4.21pm BST 21 min: Semedo becomes the second name in the ref’s book after sliding late into Doyle’s ankles. Proceedings are becoming increasingly scrappy. And decreasingly interesting. 4.20pm BST 19 min: Eliseu curls a deep cross from the left into the area. Andre Silva jumps to meet it near the penalty spot and guides a header on to the target, but with negligible power. Easy pickings for Marinovic. 4.19pm BST 17 min: Lewis booked for cleaning out Eliseu as the Portuguese went on a dash down the left. 4.15pm BST 14 min: Quaresma introduces a bit of urgency into the Portuguese play, darting in-field and nipping the ball into Ronaldo at the edge of the area and dashing into the box to receive the return. But Doyle was wise to his scheming. 4.13pm BST 12 min: Portugal try to build up a bit of pressure, pushing New Zealand back into their own third. But they still haven’t created any semblance of danger. Semedo tries to change that by whipping over a cross from the right. But it fails to beat the first man. 4.11pm BST 10 min: That bright Portuguese start that I mentioned lasted about one minute. They’ve sagged since then and the credit for that must go to New Zealand, who are really getting into them. 4.09pm BST 9 min: Boxall hurls over a long throw-in from the left. Smith back-heads further into the danger zone, but Pepe cleans up. 4.07pm BST 7 min: New Zealand ping over a cross from the right. Wood retrieves it beyond the back post and then brings it on to his right foot and fires off a respectable low shot from 12 yards. But it’s straight at Rui Patricio, who collects it easily. Encouraging for New Zealand, though! 4.06pm BST 5 min: Nice work at the breakdown by McGlinchy (yeah, I was watching the Lions match earlier), as he outfights two opponents before nudging a pass to Lewis, who, for a tantalising moment, thinks he might be able to get off a shot from 25 yards. But Portugal converge on him quickly to snuff out that threat. 4.04pm BST 3 min: No surprises so far, as Portugal hog possession. But the Kiwis are pestering them valiantly at the moment, refusing to give any easy openings. 4.02pm BST 1 min: Portugal kick off and they immediately look much brighter than they did in their opening game. But when Andre Silva is caught offside, New Zealand get a chance to punt a long freekick towards Wood up front. Pepe cuts it out. 3.57pm BST Time for a singsong. New Zealand go first, Portugal follow but their anthem is drowned out when Ronaldo’s face appears on the big screen to trigger squeals of delight from the crowd. 3.33pm BST So murmurs before this game suggested that Portugal might give Cristiano Ronaldo a rest so as to preserve him for the semi-final. But the European champions are not that presumptuous: they’ve included Ronaldo to ensure they get the draw they need. Or maybe Ronaldo just didn’t want time off: he’s a man dead set on making the most of his talent while he’s young so why not seize this chance to rack up another international goal or ten? His tally so far is preposterous: 74 goals from 141 matches for his country. Who’d dare bet against him reaching a century? Portugal have made some changes today, however, with Semedo, Eliseu, Moutinho, Danilo all coming in. That hardly weakens them, which shows their depth. 3.24pm BST New Zealand: Marinovic; Boxall, Durante, Smith; Ingham, Doyle, McGlinchey, Rojas, Thomas, Lewis, Wood.Subs: Subs: Moss, Williams, Brotherton, Wynne, Tzimpulos, Tuiloma, Barbarouses, Smeltz, Patterson, Colvey, Rufer, Roux 3.12pm BST Mexico: Ochoa, Araujo, Diego Reyes, Layun, Herrera, Jonathan, Lozano, Moreno, Guardado, Vela, Hernandez. Subs: Cota Robles, Talavera, Salcedo, Marquez, Fabian, Jimenez, Giovani, Damm, Peralta, Aquino, Luis Reyes, Alanis. 10.57am BST Hello and welcome to the last pair of matches in Group A. We’ll be concentrating on New Zealand’s attempt to produce a sensation by sabotaging Portugal’s progress to the semi-final but we’ll also keep you up to speed on events in the other game, in which Russia and Mexico go head-to-head for a place in the last four: Mexico are a point above the hosts so a draw in that game would be enough to secure their spot and, um, send the Russians home. As for our main game, Portugal only require a point to reach the semi-finals, where, most likely, they will face either Germany or Chile. It would be an almighty shock if they faild to get there. New Zealand are already eliminated but performed pretty well in their last match, a 2-1 defeat to Mexico, and will be driven by a desire to make history: the country has never won a match at a senior Fifa tournament and who better to do it against than the European champions? Continue reading...

New Zealand are not scared of Ronaldo and Portugal, claims Hudson

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The coach is looking forward to facing the Ballon d'Or winner, but does not think he'll get the chance to square off against Messi later this year

Santos defends Portugal's Euro 2016 win

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The coach has laughed off suggestions that his side did not deserve to win the competition, claiming they won four matches

Portugal fear broken leg for Raphael Guerreiro

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The Dortmund star could miss the rest of the Confederations Cup and the start of next season after suffering a suspected broken leg

Cristiano Ronaldo header earns Portugal Confederations Cup win over Russia

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• Russia 0-1 Portugal (Ronaldo 8’)• Portugal move above hosts at top of Group ACristiano Ronaldo’s 74th senior international goal was enough to earn Portugal victory over hosts Russia in the Confederations Cup.The 32-year-old Real Madrid forward’s early header secured a 1-0 win at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium and left Fernando Santos’ men on four points, a point clear of their opponents, at the top of Group A. Related: Russia 0-1 Portugal: Confederations Cup 2017 – as it happened Related: Real Madrid’s mixed messages put the ball back in Cristiano Ronaldo’s court | Sid Lowe Continue reading...

Russia v Portugal: Confederations Cup 2017 – live!

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Confederations Cup updates as the hosts take on Ronaldo and coReal Madrid’s mixed messages put the ball back in Ronaldo’s courtAnd feel free to email Michael or tweet him @michaelbutler18 11.11am BST How much do you really care about the Confederations Cup? For you, reader, it might be a good way to waste a Wednesday, some light entertainment in between your regular trips to the office water fountain and some FaceTime with the desk fan. It’s hard to see how Portugal are motivated for this one: their players have enjoyed and endured long, hard seasons: they’ve won trophies galore in 2016-17, already secured big money moves to some of Europe’s top clubs and after their remarkable success last summer, the European champs could probably do without another tournament that, at best, will only be a footnote in their careers.For Russia, it is a whole different ball game. They really care about the Confederations Cup. One year until they host the World Cup, off the pitch it is about proving to the globe that their stadiums and infrastructure are ready to host next summer’s tournament. But on the pitch, it matters even more. The Confederations Cup is the only competitive football that they have played since Euro 2016 and the only competitive football that they will play before the World Cup group stages. Every single member of Russia’s squad plays in Russia, and the Confederations Cup is widely seen as the best way to help secure a move this summer, so that their players can play at a higher level before next summer. One of the favourites to earn a move, Fedor Smolov, who scored against New Zealand in Russia’s win over New Zealand on Saturday, has even admitted: “Let’s be honest: the European leagues are better and stronger, and if players are playing on a higher level it means we are better prepared for the national team.” Continue reading...

Héctor Moreno’s stoppage-time header earns Mexico draw against Portugal

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• Portugal 2-2 Mexico (Quaresma 34, Cédric 86; Hernández 42, Moreno 90+1)Anybody looking for answers to the thorny issue of Cristiano Ronaldo’s future will have found few clues here, but if Portugal needed reassurance of his dedication to the job in hand they can rest easily enough. Their captain’s apparent unhappiness at Real Madrid had dominated the buildup to the Confederations Cup opener against Mexico but he set up one goal and was involved in another as a match that had appeared to be drifting to a tepid conclusion ended pleasingly enough with the sides trading goals in the final five minutes. Related: Portugal 2-2 Mexico: Confederations Cup 2017 – as it happened Related: Smolov launches Confederations Cup mission to spark Russia World Cup fever Continue reading...

Portugal v Mexico: Confederations Cup 2017 – live!

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• Minute-by-minute report for the match at the Kazan Arena• Email Nick at nick.miller@theguardian.com or tweet: @NickMiller79• Smolov launches Confederations mission to spark Russia World Cup fever 1.26pm BST Everyone’s been asking about Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal players. The Portuguese coaching staff. The Portuguese media. Even Marco Asensio, after scoring a hattrick for the Spanish Under-21s in Poland yesterday, was asked about Cristiano Ronaldo. “I would put my hands in the fire for [Ronaldo’s] character and integrity,” said Portugal coach Fernando Santos. “As a person and as an athlete. I have a pact with the players and we treat these personal matters away from the national team. All these issues will not affect us.”None of this, though, has really been about football. More about the talk, possibly started by the man himself, that he wants to leave Real Madrid, to leave Spain. It’s at times like this when you understand why elite sportspeople sometimes say the only place they can attain peace is on the pitch, while being watched by thousands in the ground and millions on TV. It’s the only time they can truly escape the noise. Even if, admittedly, they might have caused the noise themselves. Continue reading...

Cristiano Ronaldo: Portugal pair give backing to captain amid speculation

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• Coach Fernando Santos praises Ronaldo’s ‘character and attitude’• André Silva says his team-mate is focused on Confederations CupPortugal manager Fernando Santos and striker André Silva have defended team captain Cristiano Ronaldo, with Silva insisting his team-mate is is focused on the Confederations Cup, despite tax fraud accusations and fresh transfer speculation this week.The 32-year-old Real Madrid forward, who is in Russia as Portugal prepare for their opening match against Mexico, is said to be “outraged” after prosecutors accused him of defrauding the authorities of €14.8m (£12.9m). Related: ‘Outraged’ Cristiano Ronaldo puts Manchester United on red alert Continue reading...

Santos claims Portugal's determination key to victory over Latvia

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Cristiano Ronaldo inspired his nation to a 3-0 victory over Latvia, but it was the determination of the team that his coach enjoyed most

Latvia 0 Portugal 3: Ronaldo stars as Santos' side cruise to victory

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Portugal kept pace with World Cup Qualifying Group B leaders Switzerland as Cristiano Ronaldo inspired them to a 3-0 win over Latvia.

Portugal 4 Cyprus 0: Moutinho the inspiration in Ronaldo's absence

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Portugal made light work of Cyprus in Saturday's friendly as Joao Moutinho, Pizzi and Andre Silva gave them a 4-0 victory.

Cristiano Ronaldo sculptor: it is impossible to please everyone

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• Emanuel Santos happy with commemorative bust of Real Madrid striker• ‘He only asked for some wrinkles to be changed and to make it more jovial’The sculptor who made the bronze bust of Cristiano Ronaldo has admitted that his creation may not be to everybody’s taste but insisted the Real Madrid striker had given his seal of approval before it was unveiled.Emanuel Santos, a Madeiran artist, was chosen to recreate the image of the four-time Fifa player of the year which will adorn the newly named Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo in Funchal after offering his services to the owner of the airport, where he was previously employed. Santos spent three weeks creating the bust before it was sent to the Portuguese mainland to be cast in bronze. Related: Watford’s M’Baye Niang: ‘I’m all about strength, skill, pace, taking people on’ Continue reading...

Cristiano Ronaldo bust unveiled as airport is named after footballer – video

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Cristiano Ronaldo attends a ceremony on Wednesday as an international airport in Madeira is named after him. Hundreds of fans and both the president and prime minister of Portugal attended the event in which the local airport was renamed Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo. As part of the proceedings, a statue of Ronaldo’s head was unveiled outside the airport terminal, as was a plaque commemorating the forwardCristiano Ronaldo gets airport named in his honour … and a dubious bust Continue reading...

Cristiano Ronaldo gets airport named in his honour … and a dubious bust

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Local aiport in Madeira Islands named Aeroporto Cristiano RonaldoRonaldo: ‘You know how proud I am of my roots, my homeland’Cristiano Ronaldo now has an international airport named after him. The Real Madrid striker was joined on Wednesday by dozens of guests and hundreds of fans in his native Madeira Islands for an official ceremony renaming the local airport as Aeroporto Cristiano Ronaldo.Portugal’s president and the prime minister flew to the island and unveiled a commemorative plaque outside the terminal entrance, above a bust of Ronaldo. Related: Cristiano Ronaldo’s museum: a reminder of a great ego and an even greater talent Continue reading...

Portugal 2 Sweden 3: Last-gasp Cancelo own-goal ruins Ronaldo's homecoming

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Joao Cancelo scored a dramatic late own-goal to give Sweden a 3-2 win over Portugal in Cristiano Ronaldo's Funchal homecoming.

Santos: Portugal have five finals left

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Fernando Santos has warned Portugal not to relax in their World Cup qualifying campaign after they comfortably beat Hungary.

'I know how many goals I have' - Goal record not important to Ronaldo

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The Portugal ace has nine goals in five World Cup qualifiers and 70 overall for his nation, but he says results are all that matter

Portugal 3 Hungary 0: Ronaldo magic keeps up winning run

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Andre Silva and a Cristiano Ronaldo double gave Portugal a 3-0 win over Hungary that keeps them second in World Cup qualifying Group B.

Ronaldo 'like a 12th player' during Euro 2016 final – Portugal boss Santos

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The forward was famously taken off injured against France but rallied his team-mates from the touchline as they secured their first major trophy