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Luis Boa Morte scores in horror match

last updated Thursday 15th November 2001, 11:38 AM
Fulham star Luis Boa Morte scored his first international goal in a friendly between Portugal and their former colony Angola yesterday (Wednesday) evening. As Portugal have qualified for the World Cup Luis will be hoping that his 48th minute powerful left footed shot has helped him win a ticket to Japan

Luis came on as a substitute, for Boavista midfielder Armando Petit in the 40th minute, in a game that will be remembered for a long time in Lisbon. Boa Morte did well to keep his cool with over the ball challenges flying in from the Angolans all over the pitch.

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The game was abandoned when the African side, trailing 5-1, were reduced to seven men mid-way through the second half.

There were more Angolans at the Alvalade stadium in Lisbon than Portuguese supporters - and the charged atmosphere provoked the visitors into a series of over-the-top challenges. Angola saw three players sent off in the first half-hour alone.

Mendonca sent the away fans wild inside a minute when he gave Angola the lead. Benfica striker Pedro Mantorras, who has scored five goals for the Eagles this season and was this week linked with a move to Juventus, provided the cross.

Asha was the first player shown a red card on 17 minutes, before Luis Figo equalised. Then the Angolans really lost their heads. Wilson was sent off for overdoing his protestations at a yellow card, then Franklim viciously tackled Joao Pinto and followed his team-mate down the tunnel.

The Angolans, a significant number of whom live in Lisbon, appeared to want the game finished early, as a rout was inevitable. The referee was aware of the situation and could have called the game off before he did. Horrific challenges flew in on the Portugal team, but the official kept his red card in his pocket.

Joao Tomas played in Nuno Gomes on 62 minutes and the Fiorentina striker made it 5-1. Neto then upended Sevilla striker Joao Tomas and the referee finally gave in. With just seven players left on one side, he was forced to abandon the match.

Portugal: Ricardo (Quim 45), Beto (Frecheaut 45), Jorge Andrade, Petit (Boa Morte 40), Couto (Fernando Meira 45), Paulo Sousa (Hugo Viana 45), Figo (Joao Tomas 45), Joao Pinto (Litos 45), Pauleta, Capucho, Nuno Gomes

Angola: Marito (Fernando 51), Lito (Helder Vicente 53), Neto, Wilson, Asha, Filipe (Bodunha 50), Franklim, Andre (Marco Freitas 60), Pedro Mantorras (Kali 50), Akwa (Quinzinho 52), Mendonca (Paulao 45)

Booked: Pauleta (Portugal); Wilson, Asha, Akwa, Neto (Angola)

Sent Off: Asha, Wilson, Franklim, Neto Attendance: 15,000

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