ZURICH: Luca Toni, Andrea Pirlo and Fabio Quagliarella scored the three goals that sunk Portugal today. The entertaining and open friendly at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich ended disappointingly for Cristano Ronaldo and his Portugal squad. Things started looking positive for Portugal after 76 minutes as the impressive Ricardo Quaresma smashed the ball into the back of the net from a Nani cross. However, shortly after the Portugal goal, Italy was able to regain their two goal advantage as Fabio Quagliarella made it 3-1.
Cristiano Ronaldo put in a solid performance and almost got on the scoresheet on a few occasions. In the 41st minute, Cristiano Ronaldo hit a trademark swerving and dipping free-kick that was saved by the brilliant Marco Amelia. Moments later the Portugese had a great chance to score on a three on one counter attack; however, Ricardo Quaresma overhit a pass to Cristiano Ronaldo and the danger passed. The last chance for Cristiano Ronaldo came about ten minutes before the game ended. Cristiano Ronaldo once again had the chance to score with a well struck freekick; however, Marco Amelia came up big once again and was able to stop the strike.