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August 14, 2013
• Estádio Do Algarve, São João da Venda
Referee: P. Mazzoleni
• Attendance: 29021
Cristiano Ronaldo 87'
K. Strootman 17'
Thanks for your time this evening and please stay with us for a full report, player ratings and reactions later this evening!
And with that it's all over as Portugal have to settle for a 1-1 draw against Netherlands. Kevin Strootman gifted Holland the lead before the interval, but the guests restored parity late in the second half via Ronaldo.
90' + 3'
Last chance of the game as Ronaldo steps up to take a free kick from a dangerous position, but Vorm is not impressed and makes a routine save.
90' + 1'
It will be the second time in history Portugal and Netherlands play out a 1-1 draw if nothing happens in the remainder of this game. They previously got the same result in Eindhoven in 2003.
We're going to have three minutes of added time here in Faro.
Pepe deflected a Veloso corner into the Madrid star's path inside the area and he had no trouble finding the net from close range.
GOOOAAALLLL!!!! Portugal level the scoring and it's Cristiano Ronaldo who gets his goal; 1-1!
Portugal continue to be the dominant team, but it seems as if it's just not meant to be. Pereira with a fine ball for Pizzi this time, whose low cross towatd Machado is cleared by De Vrij only just in time.
Yellow CardMiguel Veloso
Superb individual action from Wijnaldum in midfield as the PSV skipper goes past four men before Veloso brings him down. Deserved booking for the left-footed midfielder.
Machado has been one of the Seleccao's most lively players since getting on and he's again involved in a decent Portugal move. The midfielder reaches Pereira with a fine 40-yard pass, but Vorm collects the latter's cross.
Pereira goes on another of his runs forward down the right and goes past Blind with ease, but his cross lacks accuracy. Netherlands then look to hit Portugal on the counter, only for Lens to lose possession, too.
Ronaldo aims to set up Oliveira inside the Dutch area with a delicate through ball, but Martins Indi does well to shield off the substitute and the ball runs out of play for a goalkick.
AAAHHHHH!!! Portugal are getting ever-closer to the equaliser here as Machado hits the cross-bar! The substitute does well to collect a cross from the right inside the area, but is unfortunate to only hit the woodwork.
Free kick for the guests on the edge of the box after Veloso trips Robben. Huntelaar steps up and attempts to hit it under the wall, but the Schalke man's effort is simply not good enough and the chance goes begging.
Portugal look to break clear on the counter after Robben loses possession, but Martins Indi halts up play with a fantastic tackle. Superb work from the young centre-back.
OOOHHHHH!!! Excellent save from Vorm to deny Ronaldo the equaliser! The Madrid star cut inside from the left before unleashing one of his trademark long range shots, but Vorm pulled of a superb reflex to punch it wide.
Free kick for Holland in a dangerous position after Coentrao fouls Lens near the corner flag. Robben steps up to take it, but fails to trouble the Portugal defence. The Bayern winger then gets another chance, but curls his show yards wide.
First chance of the second half for Oranje and it's nearly 2-0! Van Ginkel sets up fellow substitute Huntelaar with an intelligent pass over Pepe, but Beto is quick to come off his line and makes things too complicated for the Schalke striker.
Robin van Persie
Pereira has really impressed at right-back for Portugal and is again important for his team. The defender finds Machado with a superb cross, but the substitute aims high from a difficult angle.
Excellent attack from Portugal, but they again fail to restore parity. Amorim gets all the time and space he needs down the right to send in a low cross for Danny, but Van Rhijn is alert and clears the danger.
Ronaldo tests Van Rhijn for the first time since the latter's entrance, but the Ajax defender recovers and deflects the winger's cross out of play for a corner.
A dangerous free kick from Van der Vaart causes Beto plenty of trouble as he rushes off his line to collect the high cross, but the referee comes to the Portugal shot stopper's rescue and blows his whistle for a foul.
OOOHHHH!!! Portugal start the second half with attacking intentions and nearly level the scoring after just three minutes. Coentrao beats Robben and Lens to the ball before sending in a powerful low cross, which nearly surprises Vorm at the near post. The Swansea goalie is alert, though, and pushes it wide for a corner.
Ricardo van Rhijn
And another change for the away side as debutant Paul Verhaegh makes way for Ricardo van Rhijn.
Rafael van der Vaart
Marco van Ginkel
For Portugal, meanwhile, Machado has replaced Micael.
Netherlands have made one change as Marco van Ginkel has taken Rafael van der Vaart's place in midfield.
We're back at the Estadio Algarve as Portugal have kicked off for the second half.
Half-time in Faro and Netherlands hold a one-goal lead over Portugal following Kevin Strootman's 17th minute goal. The home side have dominated proceedings, but have lacked accuracy in the final third. Stay with us and we'll be back for the second half in 15 minutes.
Robben tries to win a penalty after a good run from inside his own half, but the referee keeps a close eye on the situation and refuses to reward the winger's dive with a penalty. Pepe looks frustrated and seemingly kicks out at Robben when he's down, but the arbiter waves play on. Strange incident there!
Dangerous corner kick from Veloso as Vorm momentarily seems to lose sight of the ball, but the Oranje goalkeeper recovers and eventually collects the ball with ease.
Portugal have been the better side of the two so far in the first half, but they have been unable to create any real chances apart from that Micael opportunity. Ronaldo and his colleagues will have to up their game if they are to find the net.
We've seen very little from the Dutch attackers so far and just as Robben seems determined to take on his man, Pepe gets involved and fouls the Bayern winger. The resulting free-kick does not lead to any danger.
Ronaldo seems to equalise for Portugal after a nice ball over the top from midfield, but the flag is up and the goal doesn't stand. Close call!
I migh thave jinxed things there with that earlier comment. Coentrao attempts to stamp on Verhaegh and is lucky to get away with it without a booking. Both coaches are not impressed and Van Gaal and Bento are involved in a wee brawl down the touchlines.
Yellow CardBruno Martins Indi
And as I say that we see the first incident of the game. Martins Indi fouls Ronaldo in midfield and the Madrid attacker is not amused. The referee is quick to calm things down, though, and books the centre-back.
We're 30 minutes in here in Faro and it's been a pretty friendly encounter so far, unlike when both teams met at the 2006 World Cup. Referee Valentin Ivanov needed 16 yellow cards and four reds to keep things under contract seven years ago.
OOHHHH!!! That really should have been the equaliser for Portugal! Ronaldo sets up Danny down the right, who fires in a superb cross that eventually finds the unmarked Micael. The midfielder fails to keep his calm, though, and blasts the ball wide from within 10 yards.
Another decent chance for the home side as Postiga meets Veloso's free kick from the left, but the new Valencia signing aims just wide.
There's no reason to worry for Portugal just yet. Last time the Seleccao met Holland, they fell 1-0 behind as well, only to eventually record a 2-1 win courtesy of a Ronaldo double.
A counter-attack from the guests is broken up by the Portuguese defence, who immediately get the ball to Danny. The winger sets up Ronaldo, but the latter's shot from 20 yards out goes high and wide.
Fun fact: with that goal, Strootman became the first-ever Roma player to score for Netherlands.
It was Jeremain Lens who found his former PSV team-mate completely unmarked on the edge of the box with a low cross and the versatile midfielder beat Beto with a powerful shot that went in at the near post.
GOOOOAAAAALLLLL! Holland open the scoring in Faro as Kevin Strootman fires home from the edge of the area; 0-1!
The first moment of real danger for the away side! A Verhaegh cross reaches Van der Vaart, who mistimes his header. Beto's refusal to come off his line gives the HSV star a second chance, though, and Neto eventually has to clear the ball from the goalmouth before Van Persie can head home.
It's a rather special game for Oranje defender Bruno Martins Indi tonight. The Feyenoord man was born in Portugal, but move to Holland at a young age and has opted to represent his adopted country at international level.
Danny has looked lively in the opening 10 minutes as he links up well with Pereira, but unfortunately for the Zenit man his first touch lets him down this time and he dribbles the ball out of play.
Sloppy play from Portugal allows Van Persie to charge forward from midfield and set up Van der Vaart in a threatening position. The midfielder's cross lacks accuracy, though, and it leads to nothing.
Augsburg defender Paul Verhaegh is making his debut for Netherlands tonight and does not have the easiest of tasks; the 29-year-old will have to deal with Ronaldo.
A Van der Vaart free kick from halfway through the Portugal half finds its way into the hosts' area, but Neto clears the ball before any of the Dutch attackers can get to it.
Oooohhhh! First chance of the game and it's Portugal who could have opened the scoring. Amorim sends in a good cross from the right for Ronaldo, but his header is saved by Vorm.
Good start from the guests as Robben finds Blind down the left wing, who fires in a dangerous cross for Van Persie, but Pepe beats the Manchester United man to the ball.
The referee has blown his whistle for the first time and Netherlands have kicked off the game at the Estadio Algarve!
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal, meanwhile, has gone with a similar formation: Vorm; Verhaegh, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind; Wijnaldum, Van der Vaart, Strootman; Lens, Van Persie, Robben
Portugal boss Paulo Bento has opted for the following 4-3-3 formation: Beto; Joao Pereira, Pepe, Neto, Coentrao; Micael, Veloso, Amorim; Danny, Postiga, Ronaldo (c)
The last - and only - time Netherlands managed to beat the Portuguese was back in 1991, when a single Richard Witschge strike helped them to a 1-0 win.
Both sides have met 11 times before, with Portugal winning seven of those encounters, drawing three times and losing just once.
Good evening and welcome to Goal's LIVE coverage of today's international friendly between Portugal and Netherlands in Faro.
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