AN eventful night for Cristiano Ronaldo saw him try cover up a terribly scuffed shot with a dive and a passionate call for a penalty as the Netherlands beat Portugal 3-0.
The Real Madrid attacker completely mis-hit the ball before fuming at the referee who denied him a penalty – replays clearly showed absolutely no contact between him and opposition players.
A number of pitch invaders got way too close for comfort throughout the night; Ronaldo was kissed by an overzealous fan, before hugging another who ran on in a Real Madrid shirt. Ronaldo was subbed soon after, but another fan made it onto the pitch at the same time, before being held back by stewards.
It was a dreadful outing for Portugal and their World Cup preparations, as they were dominated by a Dutch side who didn’t even qualify for Russia.
Elsewhere in international friendly action, Uruguay won the China Cup with a 1-0 victory over Wales care of an Edinson Cavani goal, while the Czech Republic beat China 4-1 in the same tournament.
Socceroos tormentors Norway registered another victory, beating Albania 1-0.
Here’s a wrap of the overnight international friendly action
PORTUGAL 0-3 NETHERLANDS
Portugal was made to pay for a weak first-half display as the Netherlands cruised to a 3-0 win in a friendly on Monday.
Cristiano Ronaldo’s evening barely improved after a rough challenge early on by Dutch defender Tonny Vilhena. He left the game after 68 minutes soon after teammate Joao Cancelo was sent off.
That red card was the cue for several fans to invade the pitch attempting to take a photo with Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who was duly substituted with 22 minutes to play after failing to score for the first time in 10 matches for club and country.
The game had been well won by neat Dutch goals from Memphis Depay in the 11th minute, Ryan Babel in the 32nd, and captain Virgil Van Dijk in first-half stoppage time.
Two goals were assisted by teenage defender Matthijs De Ligt, and his fellow 18-year-old from Ajax, Justin Kluivert, made his international debut as a substitute late in the game.
The rebuilding project of new Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman looked more promising in Geneva than it did in a lackluster 1-0 home loss against England on Friday.
It was a first defeat inside 90 minutes for Portugal since gifting Sweden a 3-2 comeback win in a friendly almost exactly a year ago. The European champion also lost a penalty shootout to Chile in the Confederations Cup semifinals in June. Ronaldo saved his team from defeat on Friday with two stoppage-time headers to beat World Cup-bound Egypt 2-1.
The Portugal star reacted furiously at not being awarded a penalty when the score was 1-0.
Replays suggested Ronaldo fell after kicking his left foot into the turf as defender Nathan Ake brushed across his back.
The Dutch thoroughly deserved their lead, and Depay was denied his second goal in the 43rd by Anthony Lopes diving to push away a powerful header. Without Pepe’s veteran presence, the experienced central defensive pairing of Jose Fonte and Rolando – who was substituted at halftime – simply looked slow- footed.
Fonte, playing in the Chinese league, let Depay get in front of him to pounce on a loose ball and open the scoring. It finished off a sweeping Dutch counterattack keyed by Davy Propper’s neat pass infield from the left flank, which let Depay find Van Dijk surging forward on the right.
De Ligt went deep into the Portugal defense to create the next two goals, first firing a powerful cross from near the byline that Babel met unmarked to guide the ball in with his head.
In stoppage time, De Ligt was alone at the far post to meet a free kick with a header looped into the path of Van Dijk for a crisp shot across the goalmouth into the corner of the net.
WALES 0-1 URUGUAY
Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani scored the only goal of the game as Uruguay defeated Wales 1-0 to win the China Cup.
The South Americans had the better of the match as Ryan Giggs’ side struggled to replicate the form shown in their demolition of hosts China 0-6 last Thursday in the semi-final.
An open and attacking match in Nanning got off to a bright start as Luis Suarez hit the post from inside the box following a low cross after just two minutes.
The Barcelona forward again struck the woodwork in the 31st minute after latching onto a sloppy Wales back-pass and rounding goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey. However the former Liverpool man hit the post with an open goal at his mercy.
Cavani stung Hennessey’s palms in the 36th minute with a rasping shot from outside the box, and at the other end Wales midfielder Andy King also had a long-range effort saved, this time by Uruguay keeper Fernando Muslera.
Wales’ best chance of the first 45 minutes came just before half time when Gareth Bale flicked Harry Wilson’s freekick just past Muslera’s post.
The breakthrough came in the 49th minute when a long ball over the top of the Welsh defence found Cristian Rodriguez who squared to Cavani who tapped in his 100th goal for his country to put Uruguay 1-0 up.
Minutes later the former Napoli striker missed a golden chance to score his second when he mis-kicked a low cross from the right with only Hennesey to beat.
Both coaches made a raft of substitutions as the game wore on, and Uruguay held their lead to lift the trophy.
Earlier today at the same stadium, the Czech Republic beat hosts China 4-1 in the third-place playoff of the four-team tournament