Portugal routs Luxembourg 5-0 in friendly

Hugo Almeida scored a pair of goals as Portugal cruised to a 5-0

victory over Luxembourg in an international friendly on


Portugal had little trouble at the Algarve stadium as Helder

Postiga started the rout by converting Cristiano Ronaldo’s delivery

in the 26th minute.

Ronaldo, who only featured in the first half, doubled the

advantage just before the break before Real Madrid teammate Fabio

Coentrao made it 3-0 in the 47th with a header.

Almeida, who replaced Postiga after the break, then added his

brace by first netting a hard shot in the 59th before capping the

lopsided defeat in the 73rd by scoring from Nani’s pass from the


Portugal is top of Group H in 2012 European Championship

alongside Norway and Denmark with 10 points each. It’s next group

match is at Cyprus on Sept. 2.