(Sporting Alert) — Cristiano Ronaldo starts tonight for Portugal in the friendly clash against the Netherlands at Estadio Algarve.
The Real Madrid forward has been in good goal scoring for in preseason for the La Liga giants and could be a handful for the Dutch defenders with his tricks and pace.
Manchester United winger Nani has been ruled out with a groin injury, but Pepe, Danny, Helder Postiga, Miguel Veloso, Ruben Amorim and Fabio Coentrao and Ruben Micael get starting places.
For the Netherlands, Manchester United forward Robin van Persie, who is coming off a double in the Community Shield on Sunday, plays in the attack with Jeremain Lens and Arjen Robben.
Georginio Wijnaldum, Rafael van der Vaart and Kevin Strootman start in midfield for Holland, who are top of their group in World Cup qualifiers.
Portugal: Beto, Pereira, Pepe, Neto, Coentrao, Micael, Veloso, Amorim, Danny, Postiga, Ronaldo.
Subs: Eduardo, Bruno Alves, Custodio, Machado, Oliveira, Gama, Costa, Martins, Pizzi, Josue, Silvio, Patricio
Netherlands: Vorm, Verhaegh, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind, Wijnaldum, Van der Vaart, Strootman, Lens, Van Persie, Robben.
Subs: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Vlaar, Mathijsen, Schaken, Van Ginkel, Jan Huntelaar, Cillessen.