Nigeria Super Eagles suffered a humiliating 4-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly match at the Jose Alvalade Stadium in Lisbon on Thursday.
The Super Eagles were tested from the beginning when Diogo Dalot found himself in plenty of space on the right and teed up his Manchester United teammate Bruno Fernandes in the box for a 1-0 lead after just nine minutes.
Portugal’s second goal arrived via a controversial penalty call. Debutant Bright Osayi-Samuel, who was having a good game at right-back for Nigeria, was adjudged to have handled the ball when it struck his arm as he turned his back. Fernandes stepped up and sent Francis Uzoho the wrong way for 2-0 inside 35 minutes.
Fernandes scored a brace, his first an easy finish from seven yards out after some impressive play by Joao Felix.
Portugal’s domination continued into the second half until Diogo Dalot conceded a penalty in the 79th minute. Luckily for the full-back, it was a tame effort from Emmanuel Dennis that was easily saved by Rui Patricio.
The penalty seemed to be a shot in the arm for Portugal as there minutes later they were 4-0 up. The third was scored by Goncalo Ramos and the fourth by Joao Mario.