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Lacklustre Portugal held to 2-2 draw in Gabon

Ronaldo-less visitors labour to a tie in hot and humid conditions

  • Reuters
  • Published: 13:18 November 15, 2012
  • Gulf News

Libreville, Gabon: A debut goal from winger Pizzi and another from striker Hugo Almeida were cancelled by two Gabon penalties as Portugal produced a lacklustre performance in a 2-2 friendly draw on Wednesday.

The visitors, without injured Cristiano Ronaldo, struggled under the heat and humidity in Libreville’s ‘stade de Amitie’, lacking pace and concentration during long periods.

Gabon opened the score with a Levy Madinda penalty after four minutes but Deportivo winger Pizzi levelled for Portugal with another spot-kick.

Gabon looked to have gone ahead following a goal-mouth scramble just before halftime but the ball was eventually deemed not to have crossed the line after the referee consulted his assistant.

Striker Almeida came on in the second half to hand Portugal a 2-1 lead before Biyogo Pocko levelled from another penalty.

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