USA 2-2 Portugal: Match Report

With Cristiano Ronaldo on the field, a one-goal lead is never safe. The world player of the year rarely sparkled on a hot and humid night in the jungle, but his inch-perfect stoppage-time cross set up Varela for the equalizing goal Sunday in Portugal's 2-2 draw against the United States

Ronaldo injury fears downplayed

Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is "fine" according to his team-mates, despite leaving training on Thursday with an icepack on his injured knee. The 29-year-old missed two of Portugal's World Cup warm-up matches and the Portuguese Football Association last week confirmed he was suffering from tendinosis around his left kneecap. With Portugal's opening

Portugal 3-0 Luxembourg: Match Report

Portugal had to settle for second place in World Cup qualifying Group F and a playoff spot after they beat ten-man Luxembourg 3-0 on Tuesday. Silvestre Varela put Portugal ahead on the half hour mark, two minutes after Aurelien Joachim had been sent off fo the visitors. Nani added the second

Portugal 1-1 Israel: Match Report

Israel all but condemned Portugal to the World Cup qualifying play-offs as a late equaliser from Eden Ben Basat forced a shock 1-1 draw in Lisbon. Paulo Bento's men allowed themselves to dream of snatching first place from Russia in Group F when Ricardo Costa beat goalkeeper Dudu Aouate to give

International Friendlies: Alves own-goal sinks Brazil

World Cup hosts Brazil fell to a 1-0 friendly defeat against Switzerland after Dani Alves scored an own goal. The Barcelona full-back headed into his own net in the 48th minute as Luiz Felipe Scolari's Confederations Cup winners were beaten in Basel. On a busy night of international friendlies, Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 40th

Portugal crush Cuba to finish top

Portugal have secured top spot in Group B with a resounding 5-0 victory over Cuba at KayseriÔÇÖs Kadir Has Stadium on Thursday. Bruma was once again on song, scoring twice to take an outright lead in the Fifa U-20 World Cup scoring chart with five overall, while Ricardo, Aladje and

Scolari: Ronaldo is more fantastic

Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari has backed Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo as the best player in the world ahead of Lionel Messi. Scolari's assessment may not be the most shocking considering he coached Ronaldo for five years when in charge of the Portuguese national team, and he himself is Brazilian while

European World Cup qualifiers roundup

Spain dropped two priceless points in their World Cup qualifying campaign as they were held to a shock draw with Finland at the El Molinon stadium in Gijon. Sergio Ramos gave Vicente Del Bosque's side the lead shortly into the second half but Teemu Pukki made the most of a rare