Portugal beat Belgium in a friendly match stained by the memories of the terrorist attacks
The game was supposed to be held in Belgium but was ultimately moved to Portugal because of the terrorist attacks.
However, there were no apparent signs on the Belgium players that they have been affected by the terrorist attacks, and they were keen to give their best performance for their team.
Portugal, who was beaten in their precedent match by Bulgaria, was motivated to put their poor performance behind them. They started the game well and put Belgium on the back-foot. After the 20th minute, they will be rewarded with a goal.
Nani will open the score for Portugal thanks to a wonderful pass from Andre Gomes. This goal allowed Portugal to play freely and create even more chances in the game. And it would be Cristiano Ronaldo that will score the second goal with 5 minutes remaining in the first half.
He will be at the end of a Joao Mario cross and direct a powerful header that gave Courtois no chance. This means that Portugal reached half-time with a 2 goal cushion.
After the break, Portugal was happy to sit back and to allow Belgium to attack them. But with the absence of key players such as Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Vincent Kompany, Belgium failed to put Portugal under sustained pressure. But they will get a goal back in the 62nd minute when RomeluLukaku will score with a close range header. He was at the end of a cross delivered by his brother Jordan.
But there will be no more chances created by Belgium, and it was Portugal who could have extended the lead when Quaresma missed the target from a powerful shot. The result means that Belgium has now been beaten for the first time after a 7 matches winning streak.