Portugal's goalkeeper Anthony Lopes fails to save the ball during the international friendly football match between Portugal and Netherlands at Stade de Geneve stadium in Geneva on March 26, 2018.
/ AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI
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European champions less than two years ago, Portugal are suddenly looking shaky in the run-up to the World Cup with key players suffering a dip in form and a central defense showing its age.Monday's 3-0 drubbing by a Dutch team who failed to qualify for the World Cup would not have brought him any comfort, although it might have helped to decide who to leave out. One thing abundantly clear was that Portugal still need Pepe in the central defense.Of course, there is captain Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal's all-time leading scorer and most capped player, but the squad lacks strength in depth as Santos admitted last year.
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