Coach Paulo Bento praised the "seriousness" of his Portugal team after a 2-0 friendly win against Panama in Faro, with Nélson Oliveira eager "to score many more" after marking his first start with a goal.
The 21-year-old forward, who will spend the season on loan at Spanish side RC Deportivo La Coruña from SL Benfica, opened the scoring on the half-hour for the UEFA EURO 2012 semi-finalists at the Estádio do Algarve. Gabriel Gómez's dismissal five minutes into the second period gave Portugal a numerical advantage, and Bento's charges made it count, with Cristiano Ronaldo's powerful strike soon afterwards sealing victory.
Bento is excited about Oliveira's future, saying: "I want him to think that this is the beginning of a process, a journey in which he will have to work hard and show the ability to fight against adversity. He's a player we believe in. He has enormous potential, and we hope he can help us in the future."
Oliveira was making his eighth appearance, and the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup runner-up said: "I am happy with the goal I scored, with the victory and with being in the starting lineup. We played a good game. I received the ball near the box and saw a chance to score. I hope to get many more."
Portugal start their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign with a Group 7 qualifier in Luxembourg on 7 September; Bento said of Wednesday's warm-up: "Our goal was not to lose confidence, and that was fully achieved. We also tried to involve players who had fewer minutes or didn't played at all at the EURO. We will try to keep this group stable. We did positive things until the sending-off and overall the seriousness we showed was the most important aspect ahead of September. We cannot afford to drop points against Luxembourg or Azerbaijan."
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