June 2, 2018 / 8:50 PM / 9 months ago

Soccer-Belgium, Portugal miss killer punch in 0-0 draw

BRUSSELS, June 2 (Reuters) - Belgium and Portugal drew 0-0 in an evenly balanced friendly on Saturday as each side showed attacking intent ahead of this month’s World Cup but without a knockout blow.

Vincent Kompany’s departure in the 55th minute may be a cause for concern for the hosts ahead of the tournament in Russia. The Belgian defender hurt himself when he lunged for the ball and almost immediately left the pitch.

Both Belgium and the European champions had promising phases, Portugal’s Bernardo Silva in particular creating chances at the end of the first half.

Belgium’s best chance fell to defender Jan Vertonghen, earning his 100th cap, as he forced goalkeeper Beto into an acrobatic save midway through the second period. (Reporting by Philip Blenkinsop and Robert-Jan Bartunek Editing by Christian Radnedge)

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