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  • 5 March 2014
  • • 20:45
  • • Estádio Dr. Magalhães Pessoa, Leiria
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 21335
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  • Two goals for Ronaldo this evening as he became the all-time top goalscorer for his country, and now he can turn his concentration to winning the treble with Real Madrid. Cameroon, meanwhile, have much work to do. I've been Tom Maston and thanks for joining me.
  • And with that the full-time whistle goes. Portugal fans may have been worried after their side were pegged back late in the first half, but in the end they had far too much quality for a poor Cameroon defence. With Ronaldo in their side, anything could happen by the time they reach Brazil.
  • 90' + 2'
    A late opportunity for a consolation as Nyom crosses from the right but Bedou cannot turn it home under pressure from Rolando.
  • 90' + 1'
    Into two minutes of stoppage time. Not too much more for the Cameroon players to endure.
  • 89'
    The match is certainly winding down now, with the result decided earlier in the contest. This is certainly a huge confidence boost for Portugal given the players they have missing.
  • 87'
    Substitution Cristiano Ronaldo Josue
    A standing ovation as Ronaldo takes his leave after his two goals on a memorable evening for the forward. Josue is on in his place.
  • 84'
    Substitution Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting Mohamadou Idrissou
    Cameroon have also made a change, with Choupo-Moting replaced by Idrissou for the final few moments.
  • 83'
    Assist Miguel Veloso
  • 83'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
    GOAL!!! A five-star showing for Portugal, and yet another for that man Ronaldo. Cameroon have been the architects of their own downfall in the second half, and there is no change here. Coentrao's cross should be cleared, but Ronaldo somehow creates space for himself on the edge of the area to fire past N'Dy.
  • 81'
    Substitution Edinho Antunes
    Edinho clearly is still feeling the effects of that injury he picked up just before his goal, and he is replaced by Antunes for the final few minutes.
  • 79'
    The crowd have finally come to life with the match wrapped up now by the home side, and though Cameroon are currently seeing some possession, there is slightly more of a party atmosphere inside the stadium.
  • 77'
    Goal Edinho
    GOAL!!! Edinho is back on the pitch and in the goals, though he has a lot to thank for Ronaldo for. The attacker is sent clear by a brilliant pass from Meireles, and after his shot from a tight angle is pushed out by N'Dy, Edinho was on hand to tap in from a yard. Game over now.
  • 76'
    Substitution William Miguel Veloso
    Edinho arguably just produced the best piece of skill of the evening as he flicked a ball over the top from behind him into his feet, but his shot was weak and he has injured himself in the process. Meanwhile, Veloso is on for William in midfield.
  • 73'
    Cameroon haven't given this up yet as Eto'o robs Pereira inside the Portugal half, but the striker cannot find Choupo-Moting as he reaches the edge of the area.
  • 72'
    Substitution Jean II Makoun Joel Matip
  • 71'
    Substitution Aurélien Chedjou Fongang Dany Nounkeu
    As this is a friendly, substitutions are common place in the second half, and Cameroon are the latest to alter their side as Chedjou and Makoun are replaced by Nounkeu and Matip.
  • 69'
    Substitution Ivan Cavaleiro Silvestre Varela
    That assist was the final act for Cavaleiro on his debut as he is replaced by Varela for the final 20 minutes.
  • 67'
    Assist Ivan Cavaleiro
  • 67'
    Goal Fabio Coentrao
    GOAL!!! Two goals in as many minutes for Portugal and this game is as good as over. Cavaleiro does well to hold the ball up before playing in Coentrao, and the full-back makes no mistake as he slides the ball underneath N'Dy from a tight angle.
  • 66'
    Goal Raúl Meireles
    GOAL!!! And what an error from Chedjou. The defender picks the ball up from N'Dy, but as he looks to find Song, Meireles cuts out his pass 20 yards from goal and slides into what is basically an empty net. A gift for the hosts.
  • 64'
    Finally an effort on goal from Eto'o as he finds some space on the edge of the area, but his shot is straight at Eduardo and he can make a relatively simple save.
  • 63'
    Substitution Vincent Aboubakar H. Bedimo
    A change here for Cameroon as goalscorer Aboubakar is replaced by Bedimo. A good showing from the striker.
  • 62'
    Cameroon threaten for the first time in the second half as Choupo-Moting cuts inside onto his left foot, only for his effort to fly just wide of the post.
  • 60'
    Ronaldo has been a threat in front of goal, but he almost turns provider as Cavaleiro looks to run beyond the Real Madrid man, but the Portugal skipper cannot find him with his through ball.
  • 58'
    Cameroon look to make a rare foray forward but cannot penetrate the Portugal defence. Rolando, making his return to the national side, has been particularly solid this evening.
  • 56'
    GREAT SAVE! Portugal are getting closer, and N'Dy has to be on top form to twice deny the hosts. Firstly he makes a mess of a cross, but recovers well to save Coentrao's effort before Pereira gets down the right and finds Ronaldo at the back post. His volley is a good one, but the goalkeeper is up to the task of pushing it around the post.
  • 54'
    There are few more thrilling events in modern football than a Ronaldo free-kick, and he almost has the home fans on their feet as he picks himself up after an Eto'o challenge to send a shot just wide of the post.
  • 52'
    Portugal are certainly looking to regain the lead as quickly as possible, and their two outstanding players almost combine to create a goal. Moutinho lobs a ball across the six-yard box, where Ronaldo heads the ball into Meireles' path, but his effort is charged down by three Cameroon defenders.
  • 50'
    Chedjou almost puts his side in trouble as he loses the ball around 35 yards from his own goal, but Enoh gets him out of bother with an excellent challenge on Moutinho.
  • 48'
    Fairly even start to the second period, though Portugal almost threaten as Ronaldo breaks down the left-hand side. Nyom just does enough to recover and see the ball out for a goal kick.
  • 46'
    Substitution N. N'Koulou Jean-Armel Kana-Biyik
    Two changes for Portugal at the break, with goalkeeper Beto and Rafa replaced by Eduardo and Edinho. Cameroon also make a change in goal, with N'Dy on. Kana-Biyik is also brought on for N'Koulo at the break, and we are back underway...
  • 46'
    Substitution Charles-Hubert Itandje Guy Rolland N'dy Assembé
  • 46'
    Substitution Rafa Silva Edinho
  • 46'
    Substitution Beto Eduardo
  • The two teams are making their way back out onto the field as we get ready for the second half. Can either side force a morale-boosting win ahead of the World Cup? We are about to find out...
  • There were a couple of boos from the home fans at the sound of the whistle, but they will be hoping their new all-time top goalscorer, Ronaldo, can inspire them to success. I'll be back in ten minutes to see who can come out on top in this one.
  • Two minutes of stoppage time come and go without any major incidents and the two teams are level at the break. Portugal have certainly been the better side but some slack defending has seen them concede to Aboubakar late in the half.
  • 45'
    Some worries here for both goalkeepers, with Itandje and Beto both receiving treatment. The Portugal stopper hurt his neck while catching an earlier cross while the Cameroon man has injured his hand. The team physio signals that a change needs to be made, the but Itandje wants to stay on for now.
  • 43'
    Assist Jean II Makoun
  • 43'
    Goal Vincent Aboubakar
    GOAL!!! Cameroon level, and it is their best player on the night, Aboubakar, who finds the back of the net. A ball is played over the top of the Portugal defence by Makoun, and though they appeal for offside, Coentrao is playing the striker on. He then has the easiest of tasks to slot the ball underneath Beto's body from the edge of the area.
  • 42'
    After Beto does well to claim a corner, the hosts break quickly, and after Coentrao sprints 50 yards with the ball it looks as if a goal may be forthcoming, only for Cavaleiro to lose the ball in a good area. The debutant has struggled so far.
  • 40'
    And some luck they almost get as Assou-Ekotto ghosts in on the left and looks for Eto'o in the middle, only for his cross to be deflected goalwards. Beto is alive to the danger, though, and holds on well.
  • 39'
    Cameroon do certainly look to be coming back into this one, with Aboubakar proving their main threat in an attacking sense. They just need a bit of luck in the final third.
  • 37'
    PENALTY? NO! Some of the Cameroon staff are on their feet in the technical area as Eto'o goes down under Meireles' challenge in the box, but English referee Andre Marriner waves away the protests. Replays show the midfielder clearly got the ball, so that was the right decision.
  • 36'
    More outstanding play from Moutinho in midfield as he wins the ball before playing a superb pass into Ronaldo's feet. The captain looks to break in on goal but Chedjou is able to come across and make a telling challenge.
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Fabio Coentrao
  • 34'
    Yellow Card Alex Song
    Trouble here as Song and Coentrao come together, with the pair having to be seperated by their team-mates as a number of other players get involved down by the near touchline. Both players are booked for their part.
  • 32'
    Portugal are slowly moving up through the gears here, with Cameroon limited to fouling their hosts as they look to attack down the wings. The African side haven't recovered from Ronaldo's goal it seems.
  • 30'
    Almost an opportunity for Portugal as Moutinho wins the ball in the middle of the field, but for once his pass cannot find Ronaldo as the captain looks to make a diagonal run through the defence.
  • 28'
    Some concern here for Cameroon after Song stays down and is treated by the medical team. He is one of the African nation's biggest players, and they will be happy to see him back on his feet as he heads to the sidelines for more treatment.
  • 26'
    The hosts are buzzing now, and Coentrao is the latest to show fleet of foot as he leaves Nyom for dead with a superb turn before crossing for Rafa, but the youngsters near post flick flies across goal and wide.
  • 25'
    Portugal are really dominating now, with Cavaleiro beginning to come into the game after a quiet start to his debut.
  • 23'
    All of a sudden Portugal are playing some delightful football, with Pereira, Moutinho and Meireles trading one-touch passes with ease. Cameroon need to regroup and keep possession for a while after falling behind.
  • 21'
    Assist João Pereira
  • 21'
    Goal Cristiano Ronaldo
    GOAL!!! Ronaldo is now Portugal's all-time top goalscorer, and what a goal to bring up the landmark. Pereira gets down the right before pulling the ball back to his captain. He then shows great skill to roll the ball away from N'Koulo before finishing into the bottom corner. Pure class from a superb player.
  • 20'
    Opportunity for Cameroon and it again falls to Aboubakar as Eto'o finds him with a delightful pass. The striker shows good feet to get away from Neto, but his shot is wayward and flies well over Beto's goal.
  • 18'
    Moutinho has been bright in these early stages and he almost finds the net with an audacious effort. A bouncing ball falls for him 25 yards out, but he can only drag his shot wide of Itandje's right-hand post.
  • 17'
    Cameroon are certainly hurrying and hassling their hosts when they lose possession, and Portugal certainly aren't having things all their own way at present.
  • 15'
    Eto'o has been fairly quiet in the opening few minutes, but he has an opportunity as William concedes a free-kick around 30 yards from goal. The Chelsea striker goes for goal, but his effort is straight at the wall and Portugal clear.
  • 13'
    Much of Portugal's play has come down the right-hand side, with Pereira linking well with Moutinho. Assou-Ekotto could be in for a tough evening at left-back.
  • 11'
    After yet another clearance leading to a corner, Cameroon finally have their first effort on goal as Aboubakar gets across his man at the near post and Beto gets down well to save. At the other end Ronaldo has his first shot from 25 yards, and though Itandje spills it, there is no danger of any Portugal players following the shot and turning in the rebound.
  • 10'
    Assou-Ekotto this time takes it short, and the visitors win another corner as William clears Nyom's dangerous cross.
  • 9'
    Cameroon certainly haven't come here just to defend, and they win another corner as Nyom's cross from the right is charged down by Coentrao...
  • 7'
    Cameroon have their first chance to threaten as Pereira needlessly concedes a corner, but Assou-Ekotto's ball is a poor one and Song cannot find the full back as he looks to keep the attack alive.
  • 5'
    The crowd inside the stadium are fairly subdued after something of a party atmosphere prior to kick-off, with many of the fans only finding their voices when Ronaldo finds himself on the ball.
  • 3'
    Portugal have certainly started brighter, and they almost take the lead twice, with Meireles heavily involved both times. First the midfielder found space on the left to cross for Rafa, only for the youngster to fire straight at Itandje. The Fenerbahce man was allowed time to shoot from 20 yards, and the goalkeeper did well to parry away.
  • 1'
    We are finally ready to get underway, and Portugal kick-off to get us started...
  • The anthems are over and we are almost ready to get underway in Lieira. Portugal will not any slip-ups with the World Cup now just 99 days from getting underway in Brazil. Two modern legends of the game, Ronaldo and Eto'o, hug at the coin toss and after a minute's silence inside the stadium.
  • We are just moments away from kick-off now, and the players have just their made their way out onto the field of play. There is a good crowd in the stadium as the two national anthems play out.
  • After their surprise call-ups to the squad, youngsters Rafa and Cavaleiro both make their Portugal debuts this evening. Rafa is an attacker who has impressed for Braga this season while Cavaleiro has broken into the Benfica first team during the current campaign. Bento will be hoping they can support Ronaldo and provide him with opportunities to score that one goal he requires to become his country's all-time top goalscorer.
  • Cameroon: Itandje, Fongang, Nyom, Assou-Ekotto, N'Koulou, Song, Enoh, Makoun, Choupo-Mouting, Eto'o, Aboubakar
  • Portugal: Beto, Pereira, Rolando, Neto, Coentrao, Meireles, Moutinho, William, Cavaleiro, Ronaldo, Rafa
  • Before we go any further, the two teams have been named ahead of kick-off...
  • This evening could prove to be a memorable night for Cristiano Ronaldo, with the Balon d'Or winner just one goal away from becoming Portugal's all-time top goalscorer. Few would bet against the Real Madrid man reaching the landmark against Cameroon on home soil.
  • Cameroon, meanwhile, qualified for Brazil after seeing off Tunisia in a two-legged play-off, and they can now look forward to taking on Croatia, Mexico and the hosts come the summer. They begin their tournament against Mexico on June 13, with tonight's fixture seen as preparation for that match as well as the fixture against Brazil later in the competition.
  • Portugal coach Paulo Bento is without one of his star men this evening with Nani ruled out through injury. Bento has also chosen to leave out some of his more experienced players, with Bruno Alves, Helder Postiga and goalkeeper Rui Patricio failing to make it into the squad. That isn't to say their World Cup hopes are over, with Bento confirming a number of players remain in contention for his final squad of 23.
  • Portugal qualified for the World Cup after Cristiano Ronaldo starred in the play-off victory against Sweden, but the group stage draw hasn't quite been as kind as they would have hoped. Germany, USA and Ghana complete Group G, and tonight's fixture should prove excellent preparation for the fixture against the Black Stars on June 26.
  • Hello and welcome to live coverage of the international friendly betwwen Portugal and Cameroon. Time is running out as the 2014 World Cup in Brazil moves ever closer, and for both these sides this evening forms a crucial stage of their build-up to the tournament. I'm Tom Maston and I'll be guiding you through all the action from Leiria.