Ronaldo-led Portugal arrive with a ‘secret’ formula to success

European champions Portugal led by world’s top player Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured) landed at Zhukovsky airport in Moscow on Saturday. They will stay in the capital during the tournament and practice at the nearby Saturn training ground. Their opening match is against formidable Spain in Sochi on Friday. They will play Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20 and Iran at Mordovia Arena in Saransk on June 25 to complete the Group B engagements. Goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s wife, Dr Vera Ribeiro, a sex therapist and author, gave them a piece of advice to reduce stress and win matches — masturbation. Teams from Spain and Panama have already arrived. A plane carrying Spanish team landed in the southern city of Krasnodar, where they will live and practice. City Mayor Yevgeny Pervyshov wished them “outstanding goals, beautiful victories and, of course, good impressions”. Panama’s national football team arrived in Saransk. The team will stay at the city’s Olympic Training Center.

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