A Cristiano Ronaldo-less Portugal drew 0-0 with a resolute Greece side in a turgid World Cup warm-up match at the Estadio Nacional.
The Greece defender went down in the first half as he jarred his knee upon landing from a header while the highly-coveted Portuguese fell late in the second half as he passed the ball to a teammate.
Both managers will be disappointed with the lack of intensity and the injuries picked up by key players.
MATCHCAST: FULL STATS AND COMMENTARY
1’ – FIRST CHANCE: Nani whips a cross into the middle where Eder comes flying across to meet it. The header is powerful but straight at the goalkeeper who clutches gratefully to the ball.
40’ – BAD NEWS FOR GREECE: Sokratis Papastathopoulos goes of injured after landing awkwardly as he went to clear the ball.
84’ – CHANCE FOR GREECE: Substitute Fetfatzidis rolls the ball through the legs of Almeida as he tries to shield it by the corner flag. The Greece striker floats into the box and strikes low from a narrow angle but Beto is down to save.
90’ – EQUALLY BAD NEWS FOR PORTUGAL: William Carvalho rolls a ball inside to Ruben Amorim and immediately goes down clutching his calves. He was substituted a minute later which doesn’t look good.
Cristiano Ronaldo was sorely missed tonight by Portugal who lacked a killer instinct and cutting edge on the final third.
Greece mustered just two shots, one of which was on target.
Can Portugal win the World Cup if Ronaldo doesn’t play? On this performance you would have to say no. They’re a solid side with talent but they came up against a resolute Greece side who looked comfortable for long periods not having to worry about the Portuguese talisman Ronaldo.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Joao Pereira – The full back tore up and down the right wing and shackled Samaras for long periods. He also whipped in numerous dangerous crosses that his teammates couldn’t convert.
PORTUGAL – Eduardo 6, Pereira 8, Alves 7, Costa 7, Almeida 6, Varela 7, Carvalho 8, Veloso 7, Nani 7, Eder 7, Postiga 5.
Subs – Beto 5, Neto n/a, Amorim 5, Silva n/a, Vieirinha 6, Almeida 5.
GREECE – Karnezis 7, Torosidis 7, Manolas 6, Papastathopoulos 6, Holebas 7, Tziolis 5, Maniatis 5, Katsouranis 5, Saplingidis 5, Samaras 6, Mitroglou 4.