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I have been trying to create more excitement for the game in my two opening posts but the last time these nations met in 2018, the match ended in a 0-0 stalemate.

Then again, it was an international friendly so that must have been the reason.

Also Portuguese icon, Cristiano Ronaldo was given a rest after recently securing the Champions League with former side Real Madrid so there’s another reason in itself.

But Fernando Santos was almost made to live to regret the decision of leaving his captain at home when in the opening minutes, Romelu Lukaku saw his shot from point blank range denied and then his followed up header was thankfully caught by Portuguese keeper Beto.

However, Portugal immediately hit back with an attempt of their own through Goncalo Guedes from 25-yards which narrowly went over the crossbar.

And moments later, Joao Moutinho tried his luck from even further out but this time, Thibaut Courtois was forced into making the a finger-tipping save.

It became more evident as to why both sides were the bookmaker’s favourites to clinch the World Cup which was coming up at the time because they continued to trade blows in the first half.

Firstly Belgium attacker Yannick Carrasco smartly created some space for himself before hitting the side netting and then Bernardo Silva went up the other end, cut inside and had a shot but the Portuguese winger’s scuffed effort trickled into Courtois arms.

Eventually, Portugal began to take control of the possession and shots but unfortunately for the visitors, they were just unable to convert those chances into goals which resulted in the two teams going in at half-time level.

Had it not been for Beto’s world class stop, Jan Vertonghen would have marked his 100th cap for Belgium with a curling strike from outside the box completely against the run of play and not too long after the interval either.

It’s as if that moment had shifted the momentum in Belgiums favour because Beto was called into action a further three times after Vertonghens effort was denied.

But Thomas Meunier, Nacer Chadli and Christian Benteke all saw their strikes have the same outcome. Beto was on fire.

Belgium’s pressure was unforgiving and it looked for certain that one of these chances were going to fly in the back of the net.

But it never happened because Portugal were able to hold on making it two consecutive draws in their World Cup warm-up matches.





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