Six days to start the Euro against Hungary, in the group of the Blues, Portugal completed its preparation with a quiet victory against Israel (4-0) on Wednesday. Cristiano Ronaldo notably scored.
Like the France team, Portugal ended their preparation with a (very) large victory. Without forcing against a selection of Israel (4-0) pointing to 85th place in the Fifa ranking. Future opponents of the Blues at the Euro, the players of Fernando Santos first made the difference at the end of the first period. In two short minutes.
With a cross from João Cancelo well cut in the area by Bruno Fernandes (42nd). Then a missile from the left of Cristiano Ronaldo (44th). Cancelo was responsible for killing all suspense at the end of the match with a nice strike from the left wound (86th). Before a last goal scored by a decidedly inspired Bruno Fernandes (90th + 1).
Portugal-France on June 23
Not really embarrassed by the opposing pressing, the Seleção could have taken shelter earlier in Lisbon, but initially lacked success and accuracy, with several missed opportunities by Diogo Jota (15th), Ruben Neves (16th) ) or Ronaldo (36th). The Portuguese collective will have been able to gradually increase the pace in this meeting to confirm its rise in power before the Euro, five days after having hooked Spain to Madrid (0-0).
Santos took the opportunity to blow some of his executives. Ruben Dias, Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva all came out in the second half, which allowed Parisian Danilo Pereira and Lillois Renato Sanches to have playing time.
It is against Hungary that the 2016 European champions, who count on both the talent of Ronaldo and the ardor of their new generation, will attack the defense of their title on Tuesday, June 15 (6 p.m.). They will then challenge Germany on Saturday June 19 before closing the group stage with a clash against France on Wednesday June 23.