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Cristiano Ronaldo equalized three minutes from time as Portugal salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in a friendly Wednesday.
Ronaldo poked the ball in at the front post after a corner, putting some shine on a muted performance by the Real Madrid striker.
Ronaldo's 40th international goal cancelled out Kevin Strootman's 17th-minute opener, the midfielder driving a low left-foot shot into the corner of the net from just outside the area.
The Dutch team's recent good form gave it the edge in the first half, though it needed some inspired second-half defending to keep the Portuguese out until Ronaldo's late breakthrough.
Ricardo van Rhijn twice intervened to deny Danny and Ronaldo from close range after the break, then goalkeeper Michel Vrom leapt acrobatically to tip Ronaldo's shot wide in the 63rd.
''We corrected what we were doing wrong after the interval and in the second half we were top quality,'' Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. ...
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