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

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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

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