Portugal, Without Cristiano Ronaldo, Let Two-goal Lead Slip To Draw With Tunisia

Cristiano Ronaldo was absent from a Portugal side that squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Tunisia, in a pre-World Cup friendly.

The Real Madrid player was rested after the Champions League final and instead they started with Andre Silva as the centre-forward and flanked by Quaresma and Bernardo Silva.

Quaresma in particular was causing problems, switching from either wings and and he set up Andre Silva for the opening goal, his 12th in 21 games for his national team.

Joao Mario hit a spectacular second following a corner, and Portugal appeared on course for victory but the Tunisians got a goal back on a counter with Sliti setting up Badri to score.

Portugal continued to press in attack but it was Tunisia that equalised with the ball loose in the box and Youssef hitting the back of the net.

– Match facts:

2 – Portugal: Anthony Lopes; Ricardo (Cédric, m.73), Pepe (José Fonte, m.63), Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro (Mário Rui, m.46); William Carvalho; Bernardo Silva (Guedes, m.73), Adrien (Manuel Fernandes, m.63), João Mário (Moutinho, m.80); Quaresma, André Silva.

2 – Tunisia: Hassen; Nagguez, Benalouane, Meriah, Haddadi (Maâloul, m.46); Skhiri, Sassi, Khaoui (Youssef); Badri (Akaïchi, m.87), Sliti (Srarfi, m.77), Khalifa (Chalali, m.67).

Goals: 1-0, m.22: André Silva; 2-0, m.34: João Mário; 2-1, m.39: Badri; 2-2, m.65: Youssef.

Referee: Luca Banti (ITA).

Municipal de Braga: Attendance,17.220.

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