Eder strikes as Portugal see off Scotland in friendly

By On October 14, 2018

Eder strikes as Portugal see off Scotland in friendly

7:00 PM BST

  • Reuters

Portugal forward Eder scored his first international goal since the Euro 2016 final as his side beat Scotland 3-1 in a friendly at Hampden Park on Sunday.

Helder Costa opened the scoring on his international debut for an experimental Portugal, who made 10 changes from the team that started the 3-2 Nations League win in Poland on Thursday.

Bruma added a third before Steven Naismith scored a late consolation for the hosts.

Captain Cristiano Ronaldo was left out of the Portugal squad altogether for this month's games in an agreement with coach Fernando Santos.

Scotland, beaten 2-1 in Israel in the Nations League in their last outing, held their own until Bruma freed Kevin Rodrigues and his low cross was turned in by Costa in the 44th minute.

The European champions went further ahead in the 73rd minute when Renato Sanches floated a cros s into the area and Eder outjumped his marker to head in.

The forward was making his first Portugal appearance for 18 months and his fifth since scoring the only goal of the Euro 2016 final against France.

Bruma, always dangerous, latched on to a through pass, cut inside his marker and fired past Craig Gordon to add a third goal with six minutes left.

Naismith made the scoreline more respectable in stoppage time, clipping the ball past Beto after being set up by Gary Mackay-Steven's clever backheel.

Source: Google News Portugal | Netizen 24 Portugal

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