Ronaldo scores as Portugal breeze past Israel


LISBON: Cristiano Ronaldo was on the score-sheet as European champions Portugal beat Israel 4-0 in their final warm up for the defence of their title.

Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes bagged twice as Ronaldo and Joao Cancelo added for a comfortable win in Lisbon.

Ronaldo’s 44th minute strike was his 104th international goal in 175 matches, and leaves him five short of the record held by Iran’s Ali Daei.

“We put things right from the match against Spain, ” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said regarding the 0-0 draw with Spain in their previous match in Madrid.

“I know what we have to do to win, and I have great confidence in this team, ” he said.

Portugal are in the tricky looking Group F at the Euros with Hungary their first opponent on June 15 before they take on Germany four days later and then the reigning World Cup holders France June 23. — AFP

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