Portugal grateful for strong finish

Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 18.50CET
Portugal 3-1 FYROM
Porto witnessed three goals in seven frantic final minutes as the hosts finished third in Group 9, consigning the visitors to last place.
by Carlos Santos
from Jorge Sampaio stadium
Portugal grateful for strong finish
Bebé opened the scoring for Portugal ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

PortugalFYROM

Goals scored3
 
1
Yellow cards3
 
3
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts11
 
3
Attempts off target5
 
3
Corners3
 
3
Fouls committed14
 
13

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Published: Tuesday 7 September 2010, 18.50CET

Portugal grateful for strong finish

Portugal 3-1 FYROM
Porto witnessed three goals in seven frantic final minutes as the hosts finished third in Group 9, consigning the visitors to last place.

Portugal beat the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 3-1 to leave the visitors without a win at the end of UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 9 qualifying.

Neither side harboured any hope of reaching the play-offs and it was Portugal who started the brighter, recent Manchester United FC acquisition Bebé giving them a 23rd-minute lead. He spurned two further opportunities, while João Silva was also denied by a fine Andreja Efremov save, before Bura finally doubled Portugal's lead with a header from Ukra's corner three minutes from time.

Ukra was again the provider as Silva got in on the act two minutes into added time, with substitute Marjan Altiparmakovski scoring an even later consolation for FYROM. "My players wanted to win more than anything; that's why they were anxious and made mistakes at the start," said Portugal coach Oceano da Cruz. "But the performance was pretty positive."

Last updated: 07/09/10 19.35CET

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Lineup

Portugal

Portugal

FYROM

FYROM

1Rui Patrício (GK)12Andreja Efremov (GK)
2Fábio Faria
Yellow Card43'
2Daniel Georgievski
Substitution90+1'
4Daniel Carriço (C)
Yellow Card21'
3Kirče Ristevski
6André Santos
Substitution60'
4Yani Urdinov
Yellow Card78'
8André Castro5Vladimir Dimitrovski (C)
10Rui Pedro
Substitution74'
6Goran Bogdanovic
13Bura
Yellow Card41'
Goal87'
10Muarem Muarem
Yellow Card30'
14João Silva
Goal90+2'
11Filip Petrov
16Bebé
Goal23'
Substitution88'
13Feran Hasani
17Ukra15Antonio Stankov
Substitution64'
18João Gonçalves16Stefan Spirovski
Yellow Card65'
Substitution74'

Substitutes

12Ventura (GK)1Kristijan Naumovski (GK)
3André Pinto7Filip Duranski
9Yazalde
Substitution88'
8Milovan Petrovic
Substitution64'
11Bruno Pereirinha9Tomica Petrov
15Pedro Moreira
Substitution60'
14Vladica Brdarovski
Substitution90+1'
19João Aurélio17Jasmin Micinovikj
20André Almeida
Substitution74'
18Marjan Altiparmakovski
Substitution74'
Goal90+4'

Coach

Oceano da Cruz (POR) Boban Babunski (MKD)

Referee

Thoroddur Hjaltalin (ISL)

Assistant referees

Olafur Ingvar Gudfinnsson (ISL), Gunnar Sverrir Gunnarsson (ISL)

Fourth official

Erlendur Eiriksson (ISL)

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  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
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  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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  • Portugal

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