Makris Starts as Portugal Ease to Victory Over Cyprus Makris Starts as Portugal Ease to Victory Over Cyprus
By: Bescot Banter •

Makris Starts as Portugal Ease to Victory Over Cyprus

21-year-old Makris was named in the starting XI by Head Coach Christakis Christoforou as he looked to cause an upset against the much-fancied Portuguese XI.
Walsall striker Andreas Makris, who joined the club from Anorthosis Famagusta for a club-record fee last summer, was named among the Cyprus starting XI as they took on Portugal in an international friendly on Saturday afternoon.

PORTUGAL XI | Patrício; Cédric, José Fonte, Luís Neto, Eliseu; João Mário, Danilo, Moutinho, Bernardo Silva; Nani, André Silva

SUBS | José Sá, Beto, Bruno Alves, Nélson Semedo, Guerreiro, William Carvalho, André Gomes, Pizzi, Adrien, Gelson Martins

CYPRUS XI | Giorgallidis; Kyriakou, Demetriou, Laifis, Alexandrou; Katelaris, Artymatas, Margaça; Charalambides, Makris, Sotiriou

SUBS | Panagi, Neofytos, Stylianou, Charalambous, Englezou, Ioannou, An. Kyriakou, Economides, Avraam, Christofi, Mytidis

Andreas, who scored just one goal in thirty-nine first-team appearances during his debut season at Banks's Stadium, was joined in the side by former Saddler Jason Demetriou, who now plys his trade at Southend United.

The first goal of the game came swiftly after kick-off as Monaco midfielder João Moutinho crashed a free-kick past Antonis Giorgallidis in the Cypriot goal. A disappointing start for Andreas and his teammates as they were almost instantly on the backfoot.

The contest was far from a classic and the there were no further goals until a few minutes before the break as Moutinho once again sent the ball into the back of the net with a free-kick. His effort came from almost the same position as the first, there was very little for the 'keeper to do as the hosts went in to the break with a two-goal lead.

Second-half substitute, and Benfica midfielder, Pizzi further extended Portugal's lead just a few minutes after he took to the field as he met André Silva's superb cross, a deserved lead for the hosts.

Silva went on to grab a goal of his own upon the seventy-minute mark as he headed home from André Gomes' cross, a disappointing goal for Cyprus as they seemed to have very little response to the Portuguese attack.

Andreas played for seventy minutes as he was eventually replaced by AEK Larnaca midfielder Nikos Englezou, a good run-out for the young Saddler, though sadly without a goal.

AT | Estádio António Coimbra da Mota, Estoril, Portugal


GOALS | Moutinho (3', 42'), Pizzi (63'), Silva (70')
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