FARO, Portugal -- Cristiano Ronaldo equalized three minutes from time as Portugal salvaged a 1-1 draw against the Netherlands in a friendly Wednesday. Ronaldo poked the ball in at the front post after a corner, putting some shine on a muted performance by the Real Madrid striker. Ronaldos 40th international goal cancelled out Kevin Strootmans 17th-minute opener, the midfielder driving a low left-foot shot into the corner of the net from just outside the area. The Dutch teams recent good form gave it the edge in the first half, though it needed some inspired second-half defending to keep the Portuguese out until Ronaldos late breakthrough. Ricardo van Rhijn twice intervened to deny Danny and Ronaldo from close range after the break, then goalkeeper Michel Vrom leapt acrobatically to tip Ronaldos shot wide in the 63rd. "We corrected what we were doing wrong after the interval and in the second half we were top quality," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "We had a lot of chances ... and the goal was a just reward." In official competition, the Dutch have won their first six World Cup qualifying games and are seven points clear in Group D, as well as unbeaten over the past year. Portugal has been a lot less impressive, recording four wins, two draws and a loss in its bid to reach the tournament in Brazil. The Portuguese lead Group F with 14 points, two more than second-place Russia, but the Russians have two games in hand. That Dutch sharpness under coach Louis van Gaal told from the outset, with Arjen Robben repeatedly unsettling the Portuguese defence. But Robin van Persie, named Oranje captain after Van Gaal dropped Wesley Sneijder, was mostly a spectator before being replaced after an hour. Injuries to three key midfielders -- Nani, Joao Moutinho and Raul Meireles -- weakened the Portuguese challenge. Even so, Ruben Micael had a clear chance to level the score in the 28th when the ball reached him, unmarked, at the back post but he shot wide as two Dutch defenders slid in. Cheap Boston Bruins Jerseys China . -- Anaheim Ducks captain and leading scorer Ryan Getzlaf has been scratched from Sunday nights game against the Vancouver Canucks because of an upper-body injury. Cheap NHL Jerseys Fast Shipping . Vaives lawyer Trevor Whiffen claims the former 50-goal man wasnt provided with a copy of the claim beforehand and that he would not have agreed to the allegations made against the NHL had he been asked to review its contents. http://www.cheaphockeychina.com/ .Y. -- Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone has drawn on his Syracuse connections once again by hiring Rob Moore to take over as receivers coach. Hockey Jerseys China . How great will be revealed in the next couple of days at the board of governors meeting in Pebble Beach, Calif. Cheap Adidas NHL Jerseys . Kozun faked to the forehand and beat Monsters starter, Calvin Pickard, pad side in the second round for the winner. Spencer Abbott also scored in the shootout for the Marlies (25-13-4). With teams filling out their rosters more than two weeks into NBA free agency, heres my analysis of the latest deals, including Anderson Varejao to the Warriors, Miles Plumlee to thee Bucks and Chris Andersen to the Cavs.dddddddddddd ' ' '