Sal Beach Soccer Cup – Match Day 2: Portugal 5 v England 2

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World champions Portugal built on their opening-day victory with success against closest challengers England

Portugal made it two wins from two at the Sal Beach Soccer Cup on Saturday as they once again came from behind to beat England 5-2.

The world champions – having beaten Spain in dramatic circumstances on Friday – were behind against the leaders 10 minutes into the second period only for Jose Maria to cancel out Clarke’s opener.

But a brace from the impressive Be Martins as well as goals from Alan and Leo ensured Clarke’s second provided little consolation. 

Bruno tested Jeffrey from distance after four minutes of tense play early in the first period before Pedro Silva rattled the England crossbar. 

Jose Maria was next to go close with a header that struck the post and, after a brief interruption from a dog on the sand, Jeffrey was required to deny Jose Maria once more.

Neither side found a breakthrough in the first period but Farquharson brought a save from Andrade as England started the second strongly.

Temple’s header found the Portugal woodwork and Jose Maria angled over as chances continued to flow for both sides in an entertaining contest.

But England eventually found the breakthrough with a minute remaining of the second period as Clarke took his Sal tally to four thanks to a glanced header off Jeffrey’s kick.

However, Portugal drew level with a stunning team goal as Jose Maria nodded in the equaliser after impressive work from Be Martins and Alan down the left.

Portugal led three minutes into the first period as they once again came from behind – Be Martins firing a skidding shot past Jeffrey to get the world champions ahead.

It was Be Martins who extended Portugal’s lead with six minutes remaining as he produced again from distance – this time sending a free-kick in for a third.

With Portugal in their stride, Alan applied the finishing touch to another well worked team move late on before Leo added a fifth in the final stages.

Clarke provided a late consolation for England with a penalty but Portugal deservedly claimed the spoils with an accomplished display.

Goals: 0-1: Clarke, min. 1 (2); 1-1: Jose Maria, min. 1 (2); 2-1: Be Martins, min. 9 (3); 3-1: Be Martins, min. 5 (3); 4-1: Alan, min. 3 (3); 5-1: Leo, min. 1 (3); 5-2: Clarke, min. 0 (3)

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