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Portugal 4-2 Finland: Fernandes double eases hosts to Euro 2024 warm-up triumph

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 4 Jun 2024

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Portugal ramped up their Euro 2024 preparations as Bruno Fernandes was twice on target to stave off a late Finland fightback in Tuesday’s 4-2 friendly victory.

Roberto Martinez’s side were on course for a routine win in their first of three warm-up matches as captain Ruben Dias and Diogo Jota – the latter from the penalty spot – scored in the first half on Tuesday.

Fernandes furthered the hosts’ lead after the break at Jose Alvalade Stadium, only for Finland to threaten a comeback just two weeks before Portugal’s Euros opener against Czech Republic.

Former Norwich City forward Teemu Pukki twice fired past Jose Sa late on, though his efforts were not enough to salvage an unlikely draw after Fernandes made sure of victory six minutes from time.

Data Debrief: Dominant Portugal avoid late scare

Although Pukki’s two strikes within five minutes offered Portugal a little to think about, Martinez’s hosts were good value for their win – accumulating 3.05 expected goals to Finland’s 0.96

Alongside Fernandes’ heroics, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Vitinha was the star of the show in midfield, creating a game-leading five chances, three more than the entire Finland team managed all game.

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