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Nani & Ronaldo inspire Portugal

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It was a busy night for some of Manchester United's players past and present, with Nani and Cristiano Ronaldo combining to help secure Portugal's place in Euro 2012.

Coming into the game level at 0-0 from the first leg, it was the Real Madrid winger who opened the scoring before Nani scored a stunner to put the hosts two goals ahead.

Captain Ronaldo would strike again later in proceedings as Portugal eventually romped to a 6-2 victory, and it was a performance to delight manager Paulo Bento.

"We were totally committed today. We lost our way twice, both times against the run of play, and we became unsettled, but we fought our way back and we deserved this win," he said post-match.

Darron Gibson is also set for Poland & Ukraine after Repubic of Ireland's 1-1 draw against Estonia at the Aviva Stadium.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side held a four goal advantage from the first leg, and made no mistake to secure a place in the competition for the first time since 1988.

On the international friendly front, Phil Jones followed-up his performance against Spain with another start in the England midfield, this time against Sweden at Wembley.

Danny Welbeck was withdrawn from the squad through injury on Monday, but young goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard got his chance to impress for Denmark against Finland.

The stopper was beaten by Alexei Eremenko, but goals from Liverpool defender Daniel Agger and Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner secured a 2-1 win.

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