Portugal in Cruz control

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET
Portugal 4-1 Lithuania
Oceano Cruz's Portugal side opened their Group 9 campaign with a win in their new manager's first competitive game in charge.
by Hugo Pietra
Portugal in Cruz control
André Monteiro (left) scored twice for Portugal ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalLithuania

Goals scored4
 
1
Yellow cards0
2
Red cards0
1
Goal attempts20
 
2
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners11
 
0
Fouls committed9
 
18

Matches

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 2.45CET

Portugal in Cruz control

Portugal 4-1 Lithuania
Oceano Cruz's Portugal side opened their Group 9 campaign with a win in their new manager's first competitive game in charge.

Portugal opened their UEFA European Under-21 Championship Group 9 qualifying campaign with a comfortable 4-1 win at home to ten-man Lithuania in Oceano Cruz's first competitive game in charge.

Short-lived lead
Cruz's attacking team selection reaped reward in the 24th minute when André Monteiro's free-kick beat visiting keeper Vytautas Černiauskas. Lithuania drew level just a minute later through Karolis Chvedukas and could have taken the lead themselves on the half-hour mark but Arvydas Novikovas's effort whistled over the crossbar. Monteiro, known as 'Ukra', capitalised on a cross which deceived Černiauskas to restore Portugal's lead on 55 minutes and substitute Rui Pedro put the result beyond doubt eight minutes later.

Late dismissal
João Aurélio added a gloss to the score with seven minutes left and Lithuania's misery was compounded with the dismissal of Lukas Kochanauskas on the stroke of full-time. Portugal are second in Group 9, three points adrift of Greece who have played twice but ahead of England on goal difference, while Lithuania are bottom having failed to pick up a point from their opening two fixutres.

 

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Last updated: 04/09/09 22.06CET

Related information

Team profiles

Lineup

Portugal

Portugal

Lithuania

Lithuania

1Ventura (GK)1Vytautas Černiauskas (GK)
2Ruben Lima2Linas Klimavičius
4Daniel Carriço (C)3Mantas Fridrikas
5Miguel Vítor4Vytautas Andriuškevičius
Substitution71'
6Adrien Silva
Substitution46'
6Povilas Krasnovskis
7Candeias
Substitution72'
7Marius Papšys (C)
Substitution83'
8André Castro8Egidijus Vaitkūnas
10Fábio Coentrão
Substitution81'
11Karolis Chvedukas
Goal26'
Substitution61'
13André Santos15Eivinas Zagurskas
14Yazalde16Audrius Brokas
17Ukra
Goal25'
Goal55'
18Arvydas Novikovas

Substitutes

12Trigueira (GK)12Sarunas Jurevicius (GK)
3Fábio Faria5Audrius Račkus
Substitution71'
9Rabiola9Deivydas Matulevičius
11Rui Pedro
Substitution46'
Goal63'
10Jevgenij Moroz
15João Aurélio
Substitution81'
Goal85'
13Karolis Urbaitis
16Rafa
Substitution72'
14Edvinas Jasaitis
Substitution83'
18Tengarrinha17Lukas Kochanauskas
Substitution61'
Yellow Card82'
Red Card88'

Coach

Oceano da Cruz (POR) Vitalijus Stankevicius (LTU)

Referee

Draženko Kovačić (CRO)

Assistant referees

Borut Krizaric (CRO), Josip Havaić (CRO)

Fourth official

Igor Križaric (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

See also