Portugal strike continues Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira’s fine form
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Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira has continued his fine form with a goal on his return to Portugal duty.
The 26-year-old scored three goals in five Championship games to earn his first national call-up in almost two years – and his first as a Canaries player.
Oliveira came on for AC Milan new boy Andre Silva in the 81st minute of Portugal’s 5-1 win over Faroe Islands in Porto this evening, in Group B of World Cup qualifying.
He scored less than three minutes later, being handed an easy chance by a defensive howler and firing home powerfully from six yards to seal the win.
The Norwich star’s strike followed on from a hat-trick from Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, taking his international tally to an incredible 79 goals for the reigning European champions, with Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho scoring the other.
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It was Oliveira’s second goal for his country, while earning his 17th cap. The Portuguese forward was signed from Benfica for around £5m a year ago having impressed in the Championship while on loan at Nottingham Forest.
He has so far scored 14 goals in 33 league games for Norwich, who reportedly rejected a £12m bid from Swansea for their star striker earlier on transfer deadline day.
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