Portugal 0-2 Cape Verde: Cristiano Ronaldo absence hits European side hard as they suffer shocking home defeat to African islanders

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Portugal are one of the foremost powers in European football, while Cape Verde hail from a tiny archipelago of ten volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. You might think that a football game between the two would be a somewhat one sided affair…

You’d be wrong. The African islanders won one of the most historic games in their history last night as goals from Odair Fortes (38) and Admilson Gege (43) sent their illustrious opponents back home with their tails between their legs.

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In truth it was an inexperienced Portugal line-up and didn’t include Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, but it still saw the likes of Hugo Almeida, Andre Gomes and Bernardo Silva take to the field.

The hosts ended the game with ten men after Andre Pinto collected a 60th minute red card.

Portugal are currently seventh in the FIFA World Rankings, while Cape Verde are 38th.



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