Portugal condemn Greece to first loss

Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 21.45CET
Portugal 2-1 Greece
Portugal kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2011 finals with victory over the Group 9 leaders, who fell to their first defeat.
by José Nuno Pimentel
Portugal condemn Greece to first loss
Ukra in action for Portugal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalGreece

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts12
 
3
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners7
 
6
Fouls committed18
 
16

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Published: Tuesday 17 November 2009, 21.45CET

Portugal condemn Greece to first loss

Portugal 2-1 Greece
Portugal kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2011 finals with victory over the Group 9 leaders, who fell to their first defeat.

Portugal kept alive their hopes of reaching the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-1 victory over Group 9 leaders Greece, who fell to their first defeat.

Commanding performance
Portugal's chances looked slight after losing to England on Saturday, but they bounced back in commanding fashion thanks to second-half goals from Rui Pedro and Yazalde. Greece goalkeeper Nikos Babaniotis twice thwarted Yazalde before the break, but was beaten six minutes into the second half when Rui Pedro headed in captain Bruno Pereirinha's cross from the right. The goal brought Greece to life with Giannis Papadopoulos coming close, but they left themselves exposed as they pressed and Yazalde finished off a fine counter to double Portugal's advantage with 16 minutes to play.

Late strike
The home side had further chances, but two goals proved enough despite substitute Elini Dimoutsos pulling one back for Greece in added time. Nikolaos Nioplias's side still lead the section by two points from England, who had earlier drawn with Lithuania, with Portugal four points further back in third. Both England and Portugal have a game in hand. The top two meet in March, before Portugal play Lithuania in August.

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Last updated: 18/11/09 9.23CET

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Lineup

Portugal

Portugal

Greece

Greece

1Ventura (GK)1Nikos Babaniotis (GK)
2Fábio Faria2Michalis Boukouvalas
Yellow Card53'
4Daniel Carriço (C)
Yellow Card76'
3Giorgos Ioannidis
Yellow Card60'
Substitution71'
5Miguel Vítor4Kyriakos Papadopoulos
Yellow Card17'
7João Aurélio5Dimitrios Siovas (C)
10Rui Pedro
Goal51'
Substitution65'
6Giorgos Siakas
11Bruno Pereirinha7Vassilis Koutsianikoulis
13André Santos8Giannis Papadopoulos
14Yazalde
Yellow Card26'
Goal74'
Substitution79'
9Aris Soiledis
Substitution50'
16Pedro Moreira10Panagiotis Tachtsidis
Yellow Card20'
Substitution63'
17Ukra
Substitution70'
11Sakis Papazoglou

Substitutes

12Diego (GK)12Fotis Koutzavasilis (GK)
3André Pinto13Anestis Argyriou
Substitution71'
6Adrien Silva
Substitution65'
14Vassilis Apostolopoulos
9Rabiola
Substitution79'
15Giorgos Katsikogiannis
15Tiago Pinto16Elini Dimoutsos
Substitution50'
Goal90+2'
19Fredy
Substitution70'
17Dimitrios Giantsis
Substitution63'
20Tiago Cintra18Michalis Pavlis

Coach

Oceano da Cruz (POR) Nikos Nioplias (GRE)

Referee

Fredy Fautrel (FRA)

Assistant referees

David Benech (FRA), Emmanuel Boisdenghien (FRA)

Fourth official

Damien Ledentu (FRA)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also

  • Portugal

    Portugal

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    Greece

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