Timely Portugal dash Macedonian hopes

Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 19.50CET
FYR Macedonia 1-1 Portugal
Portugal substitute Adrien Silva struck a 90th-minute equaliser to deny the ten-man home team a first victory in qualifying Group 9.
by Igor Panevski
Timely Portugal dash Macedonian hopes
FYR Macedonia goalkeeper Kristijan Naumovski was beaten by a late Portugal goal ©Getty Images
 

Match statistics

FYROMPortugal

Goals scored1
 
1
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards1
 
0
Goal attempts12
 
11
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners2
 
6
Fouls committed17
 
13

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Published: Tuesday 13 October 2009, 19.50CET

Timely Portugal dash Macedonian hopes

FYR Macedonia 1-1 Portugal
Portugal substitute Adrien Silva struck a 90th-minute equaliser to deny the ten-man home team a first victory in qualifying Group 9.

Portugal substitute Adrien Silva struck a 90th-minute equaliser to deny ten-man FYR Macedonia a first win in qualifying Group 9.

Late drama
Silva's late effort was the climax to a thrilling second half as Portugal avoided slipping to consecutive defeats in the section, having lost 2-1 in Greece on Friday. The Macedonians, beaten 6-3 by England the same evening after fighting back from 2-0 and 3-1 down, took the lead through Muarem in the 68th minute but were unable to hold out with ten men following the 78th-minute dismissal of Betim Aliju.

Acrobatic finish
The game burst into life after the interval with Kristijan Naumovski keeping the hosts level courtesy of a smart save from Yazalde's close-range header before Muarem – a scorer against England – beat two defenders and drove in following Agim Ibraimi's pass. Yazalde and Portugal substitute Rabiola both twice failed to make the most of presentable chances as the action switched from end to end, leaving Adrien Silva to ultimately show them way as he acrobatically turned in a cross from the right.

Urdinov chance
FYR Macedonia nearly claimed victory in added time only for Yani Urdinov to fire wide from five metres, leaving coach Boban Babunski to ponder another decent showing but a tally of just two points from five matches. Portugal, in third, have four points from their three outings.

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Last updated: 13/10/09 18.41CET

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Lineup

FYROM

FYROM

Portugal

Portugal

1Kristijan Naumovski (GK)1Ventura (GK)
2Daniel Georgievski4Daniel Carriço (C)
3Aleksandar Lazevski5Miguel Vítor
4Betim Aliju
Yellow Card63'
Red Card78'
8André Castro
5Vladimir Dimitrovski (C)10Rui Pedro
Substitution46'
6Yani Urdinov
Yellow Card45+1'
11Bruno Pereirinha
Yellow Card79'
7Milovan Petrovic13André Santos
Substitution71'
8Muarem Muarem
Goal68'
Substitution90+1'
14Yazalde
Yellow Card87'
9Aleksandar Stankov
Substitution63'
15Fábio Faria
10Agim Ibraimi
Substitution82'
17Ukra
11Dragan Stojkov20João Aurélio
Substitution64'

Substitutes

12Marko Jovanovski (GK)12Diego (GK)
13Goran Siljanovski6Adrien Silva
Substitution46'
Yellow Card59'
Goal90'
14Mirko Ivanovski
Substitution63'
Yellow Card85'
7Candeias
15Stefan Spirovski9Rabiola
Substitution71'
16Marko Kostencovski16Rafa
17Sedat Berisa
Substitution82'
18Tengarrinha
18Ilija Nestorovski
Substitution90+1'
19Fredy
Substitution64'

Coach

Boban Babunski (MKD) Oceano da Cruz (POR)

Referee

Mark Courtney (NIR)

Assistant referees

Eamon Shanks (NIR), John McDowell (NIR)

Fourth official

Raymond Crangle (NIR)

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