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9 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Ronaldo return inspires Portugal to down Algeria

Uruguay defeat Uzbekistan in emphatic fashion
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Ronaldo return inspires Portugal to down Algeria
Portuguese defender Bruno Fernandes (L) celebrates with captain Cristiano Ronaldo after scoring a goal during the friendly football match against Algeria on Thursday. AFP PHOTO

AP, LISBON, Portugal: With Cristiano Ronaldo back in action, Portugal cruised to a 3-0 win over Algeria in its final warmup match before traveling to Russia for the World Cup.

Ronaldo, who hadn’t played since leading Real Madrid to a third straight Champions League title last month, set up one of Portugal’s goals at the Stadium of Light. He also had one disallowed for offside before being substituted in the 75th minute.

Ronaldo joined Portugal’s squad on Monday, later than the rest of the squad, because of the Champions League final.

Portugal opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a shot from inside the area by Goncalo Guedes after a nice head-pass by Bernardo Silva. Bruno Fernandes added to the lead in the 37th with a close-range header after a well-placed left-footed cross by Ronaldo, and Guedes netted his second goal early in the second half with a header after a cross by Raphael Guerreiro from the left side.

Portugal scored another goal near the end but it was called off by video review because of a hand-ball by Guedes.

“We played well, but there’s still a lot to improve,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We are not where we want to be but we will be improving during the tournament.”

Portugal, which will travel to Russia on Saturday, had already played two other warm-up matches, drawing Tunisia 2-2 and Belgium 0-0.

Santos will take 13 players to Russia who helped the team win its first major title at the European Championship two years ago in France.

Portugal will begin its World Cup campaign against Iberian rival Spain on June 15 in Sochi. Its other Group B matches will be against Morocco and Iran. Algeria did not qualify for the World Cup.

Luis Suarez scored a penalty as Uruguay comfortably defeated Uzbekistan in their final warm-up game before the World Cup in Russia.

Giorgian De Arrascaeta fired in from 15 yards for the South Americans after a flick on by Sanchez.

After the break the Barcelona forward doubled their lead from the spot following a handball before Jose Maria Gimenez headed in from a corner.

Uzbekistan finished with 10 men after Akramjon Komilov was sent off.

Victory marked Uruguay's third in a row and they have lost just once in their last nine games.

The 1930 and 1950 World Cup winners open their campaign on 15 June against Egypt, play Saudi Arabia five days later before finishing their Group A fixtures against hosts Russia.

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