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International friendly: Portugal punished by Cape Verde

Blue Sharks, ranked 38 in the world, stun Ronaldo-less European giants 2-0 in international friendly

Lisbon: Cape Verde upset a weakened Portugal 2-0 at Estoril on Tuesday in an international football friendly. Portugal lacked many stars, including Cristiano Ronaldo, having won 2-1 at home against Serbia just 48 hours earlier in a Euro 2016 qualifier.

Cape Verde's Gege (second from left) celebrates after scoring against Portugal during their friendly at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium in Estoril on Tuesday. Pic/AFP
Cape Verde's Gege (second from left) celebrates after scoring against Portugal during their friendly at the Antonio Coimbra da Mota Stadium in Estoril on Tuesday. Pic/AFP 

The Blue Sharks scored twice within six minutes close to half-time at Estadio Antonio Coimbra da Mota for a rare away victory over European opposition.

An Odair Fortes cross found the corner of the net on 38 minutes and Gege tapped the ball over the goal-line at the far post to double the lead to seal a win over a side that had four players making their debuts.

Former Portuguese colony Cape Verde comprises a string of islands off the coast of Senegal and has just 500,000 inhabitants. The Sharks are ranked 38 in the world — 31 places below Portugal — and made a first-round exit from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after three consecutive draws.

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