Since taking over from Paulo Bento in September 2014, Santos had navigated
Portugal through 14 non-friendly matches without loss, winning EURO 2016 in the
process, but that run came to an end at St Jakob-Park on Wednesday (AEST).
After a bright start the European champions fell behind in the 23rd minute
when goalkeeper Rui Patricio pushed Ricardo Rodriguez's free-kick straight to
Breel Embolo, who responded to being selected in place of the injured Xherdan
Shaqiri by heading home his second international goal and first since October
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restart and stifled Portugal, who hit the post through captain Nani, wearing the
armband due to Cristiano Ronaldo's knee injury, eight minutes from time.In Group
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against the defensive-minded hosts, and the Netherlands – who failed to qualify
for the Euros – did well to battle out a 1-1 draw in Sweden.
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thumping Estonia 5-0, Greece winning 4-1 in Gibraltar and Belgium prevailing 3-0
Earlier, Albania defeated Macedonia 2-1 in a qualifier which had been
abandoned on Monday evening after a heavy rainstorm.