Bruno Fernandes scores twice as Portugal sink Finland in Euro warm-up | Euro 2024

The Manchester United midfielder Bruno Fernandes came off the bench to score twice and help Portugal kick off their Euro 2024 preparation with a 4-2 win against the non-qualifiers Finland on Tuesday in Lisbon.

Portugal were without their captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, who is resting before reporting for duty on Friday ahead of his sixth European Championship. So the manager, Roberto Martínez, fielded a highly changed squad who dominated from the start.

Rúben Dias gave the hosts the lead with a stooping header from a corner in the 17th minute and Diogo Jota extended their lead from the spot after Francisco Conceição was fouled inside the area in stoppage time before the break.

Fernandes, who was one of five substitutions at half-time, scored Portugal’s third with a fine curling shot into the upper corner from the edge of the box in the 55th minute. The Finland substitute Teemu Pukki took advantage of a complacent Portugal defence to score twice within five minutes to bring his side back into the game. However, Fernandes took charge and secured the win with a close-range strike late on.

Portugal face Croatia on Saturday and the Republic of Ireland next week in their final warm-up games before they start their Euro 2024 campaign on 18 June against Czech Republic in Group F. They will also take on Turkey and Georgia.

Troy Parrott strengthened John O’Shea’s claims on the vacant manager’s job after the substitute fired the Republic of Ireland to a friendly victory against the Euro 2024-bound Hungary. The 22-year-old Tottenham striker, who spent last season on loan at the Dutch club Excelsior, struck in stoppage time to seal a smash-and-grab 2-1 victory against Marco Rossi’s side which ended their 14-game unbeaten run.

O’Shea saw Adam Idah head his team into the lead and, after stubbornly surviving a fightback during which Adam Lang levelled, win it at the death. The Football Association of Ireland has insisted Kenny’s successor will be in place by the time the squad meets before the Nations League opener against England in September, and the former Manchester United defender is increasingly making a case for himself.

Hungary, on the other hand, will face Israel in their final warm-up game on Saturday knowing they will have to be sharper in Germany if they are to prosper on the big stage.

Troy Parrott celebrates scoring Ireland’s winning goal with Sammie Szmodics. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Reuters

Andras Schafer dragged a shot wide of Caoimhín Kelleher’s left post after bursting into the box with genuine chances at a premium, although the Liverpool goalkeeper had to make a solid 29th-minute save from Milos Kerkez. For their part, Ireland were trying to get the ball forward quickly, at times bypassing midfield all together, although that too often left Idah, Sammie Szmodics and Finn Azaz, making his first senior start for his country, repeatedly chasing lost causes.

Dara O’Shea’s forward run and Szmodics’s intelligent pass looked to have got Ireland in behind Hungary 12 minutes before the break, but indecision between Idah and Matt Doherty saw a fleeting opening slip away. But Idah made amends within three minutes when Smallbone was given time and space to pick out the frontman, who powered a header past the goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi to give his side the lead.

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Hungary were level before the break, if in slightly fortuitous circumstances, when the captain Dominik Szoboszlai’s deflected long-range shot was flicked on by Willi Orban and Lang arrived at the far post to blast into the roof of the net.

Kelleher then dealt admirably with Schafer’s swerving effort as Hungary stepped up a gear, pinning the hosts back inside their own half and forcing them to defend for their lives. But defend they did, and they got their reward in the second minute of injury time when Parrott broke from his own half and with the Hungarian defence absent without leave, squeezed a shot past the substitute keeper Denes Dibusz to win it.

Italy and Turkey played out a disappointing 0-0 draw in a game of few chances on Tuesday, in what was the penultimate warm-up game for both sides before Euro 2024 starts in 10 days. Luciano Spalletti’s Italy go into the tournament as defending champions, and after failing to impress while qualifying, this draw with Turkey in Bologna will do little to boost the confidence of their manager, or fans.

The opening half ended with neither side registering a shot on target, although Italy’s Bryan Cristante rattled the post with a header from a corner on the stroke of half-time. After the break there was little improvement. The lack of precision from both sides brought few real chances and little to cheer the home fans.

The Turkey manager, Vincenzo Montella, will be concerned over the condition of the defender Ozan Kabak who was taken off injured with what looked like a serious knee issue late in the first half. Italy’s final warm-up game before heading to Germany is against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday, while Turkey travel to face Poland on Monday.


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