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Cristiano Ronaldo strikes to earn draw for Portugal

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo struck a late equaliser for Portugal as his side secured a 1-1 draw against Holland in their friendly on Wednesday night. 

Ronaldo's tap-in came five minutes from time, cancelling out Kevin Strootman's first-half strike in the Algarve stadium as the sides left with a share of the spoils. 

An injury-hit Portuguese side struggled at times against the Dutch, who boast a 100 per cent record in their World Cup qualifying group after six successive victories, and fell behind after 17 minutes when midfielder Strootman drove home a left-foot shot from just outside the penalty box. 

Nani, Joao Moutinho and Silvestre Varela were all missing for the home side, and it showed as Paulo Bento's team looked short of ideas in the opening half. 

The hosts looked stronger after the break, as they pressed for an equaliser, with Ronaldo at the heart of the action once again, as his lobbed finish was chalked off for offside. 

However, Ronaldo did manage to get on the scoresheet in the 87th minute, capitalising on a corner to slot home from a few yards out, as Portugal snatched a draw. 

A positive result was boosted by further news that Russia had suffered a shock home defeat to Northern Ireland, in World Cup qualifying Group F. 

Russia's defeat means Portugal remain two points ahead of Fabio Capello's side, having played a game more. 

 

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