Mar 29, 2016 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčEstadio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa
Nani (20'), Ronaldo (40')
Pereira (85')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Lukaku (62')
Dembele (85')

Result: Belgium's friendly winning run ends in Portugal

Nani (C) of Portugal celebrates scoring a goal with team mates Miguel Veloso (R) and Danilo (L) during the Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Serbia and Portugal at the Stadium FC Partizan in Belgrade on October 11, 2015.
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First-half goals from Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo earn Portugal victory over the world's top-ranked side Belgium in Tuesday's international friendly.

Belgium's winning run in international friendlies came to an end tonight as they were beaten 2-1 away in Portugal.

The match, which was rearranged to take place in Leiria after last week's terror attacks in Brussels, got off to a slow start as Belgium probed patiently in the opening 10 minutes.

Portugal then started to threaten and tested Thibaut Courtois through Joao Mario and Nani before Danilo Pereira headed against the crossbar.

The deadlock was broken in the 20th minute as Nani collected the ball in the inside-left channel before driving at goal and lifting a curled shot over Courtois into the net.

Belgium, winners of their last seven friendlies and top of FIFA's rankings, were causing few problems at the other end, with Rui Patricio keeping out Dries Mertens's long-range try, and soon it was 2-0 to the hosts.

Mario was the provider, curling over an inviting cross that Cristiano Ronaldo timed his run perfectly to meet and flick home for his 56th international goal.

At the start of the second half Ronaldo and Mertens missed the target at either end before Belgium halved the deficit through Romelu Lukaku, who headed home a cross from his younger brother Jordan Lukaku from close range.

Belgium struggled to create much more in the final half-hour and it was Portugal in fact that went closest to the fourth goal of the game when Ricardo Quaresma shot high and wide from 12 yards.

Athletic Bilbao players celebrate after scoring their team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League group L football match Athletic Club Bilbao vs FK Partizan at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao on November 5, 2015.
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