Later News Jun 10

Ronaldo-Fernandes partnership shines as Portugal swat Israel aside in final warm-up game for Euros

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In a scene straight out of a Manchester United fan’s wet dream, Cristiano Ronaldo and Bruno Fernandes both starred as Portugal completed their Euro 2020 warm-up with a convincing 4-0 win over Israel this morning (SGT).


The two Old Trafford favourites both got on the scoresheet, with Fernandes opening the scoring in the 43rd minute. And before you ask, no, it was NOT a penalty.


Fernandes then turned provider just minutes later, setting Ronaldo up for his goal with a sublime through pass, as United fans around the world who were watching the game spontaneously orgasmed at the thought of having both Portuguese stars turn out for the Red Devils next season.


WATCH: Ruben Neves backs Ronaldo to find the net consistently for Portugal


Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo wrapped up the victory in the 86th minute, before Fernandes put the icing on the cake with his second goal (again, not a penalty) in injury time.


Given the wealth of talent at their disposal – which, in addition to the aforementioned scorers, also include the likes of Liverpool’s Diogo Jota, Man City’s Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias – Portugal are regarded by many as dark horses for the upcoming European Championship.


They have, however, been drawn in Group F – the Group of Death – along with World Champions France, Germany and Hungary.


This probably explains why, despite the win, Portugal boss Fernando Santos was not wholly pleased with his team’s performance against Israel.


“The first part, not being extraordinary, was good,” said Santos. “We did very well in the first 20 minutes, with great intensity in the various moments of play, circulating the ball well and looking for the flanks.


“In the second-half I changed things a little, I tried to put one more man next to Ronaldo and two midfielders coming in from the inside, but it didn't work. 


"We started to miss a lot of passes and the ball circulation was not so good. There are many things to improve, certainly. Now, let's rest and calmly prepare for the Euros. This team has a huge will and an excellent team spirit.”


WATCH: Cancelo praises quality of Portugal's Euro 2020 squad


Meanwhile, England’s Jack Grealish has been told by Three Lions legend Paul Gascoigne to pull up his socks. Literally.


Grealish is famous for wearing his socks low and displaying his swole calves on the pitch – something that Gascoigne says he is not a fan of.


“Jack Grealish is good…I just wish he'd pull his f***ing socks up and look like a footballer! But he's always wanting the ball, which is good,” Gascoigne told Jamie Redknapp in an interview for the Daily Mail.


When told about Gascoigne’s comments, Grealish laughed and said he was pleased to be recognised by the former England international.


WATCH: Grealish talks about England captain Harry Kane and playing for the Three Lions


“I’d seen that (Gascoigne’s comments) actually, it made me happy that Gazza likes me as a player," Grealish said. “I think every English person absolutely adores him; he was unbelievable when he burst onto the scene at Italia 90.


“Obviously that was a bit before my time but I've grown up watching highlights and if I could get any performances as close to what he did then I'd be over the moon.”


England open their Euro 2020 campaign this Sunday, 9pm (SGT), when they take on Croatia in their Group D fixture.




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