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Hello and welcome to live coverage the international friendly between Portugal and Andorra brought to you by Jack Power.

The hosts will mostly use this friendly as a chance to try out some youngsters and experiment with their current squad, seeing as they have two tough fixtures against France and Croatia in the Nations League coming up. As for Andorra, they currently place bottom of group D1 without a win as of yet. They also only have one win out of their last 23 to show for.

Here are the lineups:

The last time these two sides met Portugal came out 2-0 winners with goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Adrien Silva.

1′ Both teams have done their national anthems and this friendly is underway!

5′ Portugal are rewarded with the first corner of the game as Emili Garcia is forced into slicing away Nelson Semedo’s cross on his right foot.

7′ Mario Rui sends in what looked like a delicious cross to Paulinho, however, Andre Gomes is on hand to sweep up the danger inside the six-yard box.

9′ GOALLLLLLLLL!!!! 1-0 PORTUGAL! Pedro Neto blasts home using his left foot from inside the area. Initially, Semedo’s cross had been touched down by Paulinho to Nelson Oliveira, who played an easy pass set up the Wolves forward for his first international goal.

10′ FANTASTIC SAVE! Gomes excellently gets down low to his left to stop Sanches’ effort from about 30 yards out. The midfielder had tons of space before unleashing his effort.

15′ ANOTHER SAVE! Paulinho almost grabbed his first international goal as he is played in by Neto through the middle.

17′ Ruben Duarte unnecessarily fouls near the right-hand touchline, but Portugal deal with the free-kick with ease.

20′ Semedo makes a lot of progress down the right, reaching the byline just before pulling it back to Neto on the edge of the box but Jordi Rubio senses the danger and clears.

26′ Trincao shows off some skills before crossing from near the byline on the right.

29′ GOALLLLLLLLLL!!!!! 2-0 PORTUGAL! Another goal for another debutant. This time it is Paulinho, who ghosts inside Adrian Rodrigues before prodding home Nelson Semedo’s near-post cross. Gomes could perhaps do better at his front post although it won’t matter to Paulinho as he is now off the mark for his country!

32′ OVER THE BAR! Joao Moutinho and Semedo linkup down the right, with the right back reaching the byline and cutting a cross back to the penalty spot. Sanches is unmakred but his effort goes over the bar.

36′ Neto gets clattered by Marc Pujol inside the area as they are both trying to latch onto a loose ball.

40′ For the second time this half, Marc Garcia has a battle with Trincao and ends up on the floor injured. Luckily this time he is able to get back up and sprint back into position.

44′ Moutinho’s outswinging corner is met by the head of Paulinho, however, the debutant can’t quite make good enough contact.

HALF-TIME: PORTUGAL 2-0 ANDORRA

As expected it has been a very one sided half at the Estadio da Luz with the hosts completely dominating.

46′ Substitutions: Thing have just gotten worse for the visitors as Portugal have made a double switch bringing Ronaldo and Bernardo Silva on for Neto and Oliveira.

46′ After going down injured in the first half twice, Marc Garcia is replaced by Moi

46′ Both sides are back out and referee Bieri gets us underway!

49′ Semedo fails to bring the ball down on the right-hand touchline, which gifts the visitor’s possession for the first time in the half.

52′ Ronaldo should be doing better at the back post as he gets on the end of Moutinho’s driven pass.

56′ GOALLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! 3-0 PORTUGAL! Sanches gets in on the act as he slots a right-footed placed finish past Josep Gomes, who had rushed out of his goal to intercept Ronaldo’s pass into the area.

59′ Substitution as Marc Rebes is given a breather and taken off for Albert Alavedra.

61′ GOALLLLL!!!!!!!!!! 4-0! A second for debutant Paulinho as the forward heads powerfully to Gomes’ right and into the top corner.

63′ Double substitution as Joao Felix and William Carvalho come on for Sanches and Paulinho.

65′ Felix is straight into the action as he exchanges a few words with Alaverda after the centre-back had tried grabbing him.

68′ Andorra enjoy a rare spell of attacking play as Jordi Alaez forces Duarte into conceding a throw-in wide near the right-hand touchline.

71′ Carvalho has the ball in the back of the net but for the second time this game the goal is chalked off for offside as he looked offside.

74′ Another double substitution as Danilo Pereira and Diogo Jota come on for Moutinho and Trincao.

76′ GOALLLLLL!!!!!!! 5-0! It gets worse for Andorra as Garcia prods at a clearance and deflects one into his own net past Gomes. Silva did well on the right to cut inside, ignoring the run of Semedo before shooting towards the far post.

79′ Jota stands up a right-footed cross towards the back post, but again from inside the six-yard area, Ronaldo heads wide of Gomes’ goal.

80′ Substitution as captain Pujol is forced to come off injured and will be replaced by Sergio Moreno.

85′ GOALLLLL!!!!!!!!!! 6-0. Ronaldo finally gets his goal as he heads past Gomes at the back post. The Andorian goalkeeper had just saved Ronaldo’s deflected shot before being bombarded by another Rui cross to set-up Juventus’ forward at the back post.

88′ GOALLLLLL!!!!!!!!! 7-0. Felix smashes past Gomes from inside the area with a left footed volley after Pereira had cushioned down a header to him at the back post.

FULL-TIME: PORTUGAL 7-0 ANDORRA

After going in at the break 2-0 up, courtesy of goals from Paulinho and Neto on debut, you may have been mistaken if you thought the hosts would start to slow down. However, Santos and his men saw it differntly as they added five goals to the scoresheet in the second half to finish as 7-0 winners. Paulinho got his second, while Felix, Ronaldo and Sanches all got in on the second-half rout, which was only made worse by Emil Garcia’s own goal.

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