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Ronaldo scores as Portugal draws 1-1 with Dutch

Late Ronaldo equalizer gives Portugal 1-1- draw against the Netherlands in friendly game

Ronaldo scores as Portugal draws 1-1 with Dutch

FARO, Portugal (AP) -- Cristiano Ronaldo equalized three minutes from time as Portugal salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in a friendly Wednesday.

Ronaldo poked the ball in at the front post after a corner for his 40th international goal, cancelling out Kevin Strootman's 17th-minute opener.

The Dutch team's recent good form gave it the edge for most of the game, though it needed some inspired second-half defending to keep the Portuguese out until Ronaldo's late breakthrough.

Arjen Robben repeatedly unsettled the Portuguese defense, but Oranje captain Robin van Persie was mostly a spectator before being replaced after an hour.

The Dutch have won their first six World Cup qualifying games while Portugal has recorded four wins, two draws and a loss in its bid to reach the tournament in Brazil.


Updated : 2021-03-03 19:55 GMT+08:00