9 Jun 2010

Portugal claim easy World Cup warm up win over Mozambique

6:27 am on 9 June 2010

Portugal recorded a comfortable 3-nil World Cup warm-up victory over Mozambique, scoring all their goals in the second half at Wanderers Stadium.

The Russia-based Danny scored the first goal and created the second for Hugo Almeida, who also struck the third before a large crowd in cool, clear conditions.

However the biggest cheer from spectators, who virtually filled the famous 30,000 seat cricket venue, was not for any of the goals, but the second half introduction of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

It was the most convincing warm-up win for Portugal after a goalless draw against minnows Cape Verde Islands and a 3-1 triumph over fellow qualifiers Cameroon in another home fixture.

The emphasis on African opposition signals the importance coach Carlos Queiroz places on their opening Group G fixture on June the 15th against the Ivory Coast.

Whoever wins the Port Elizabeth clash will have a huge advantage over their rivals in the race for a second-round place from a group completed by record five-time winners Brazil and 2000 to 1 rank outsiders North Korea.