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Messi on the spot against Portugal

Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 23.15CET
Argentina 2-1 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo looked to have earned his side a draw but Lionel Messi's penalty condemned Paulo Bento to his first defeat as coach.
Messi on the spot against Portugal
Lionel Messi of Argentina is pressured by Portugal's João Moutinho ©AFP

Match statistics

ArgentinaPortugal

Goals scored2
 
1
Yellow cards0
 
0
Red Cards0
 
0

International Matches

Published: Wednesday 9 February 2011, 23.15CET

Messi on the spot against Portugal

Argentina 2-1 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo looked to have earned his side a draw but Lionel Messi's penalty condemned Paulo Bento to his first defeat as coach.

Argentina 2-1 Portugal
A 90th-minute Lionel Messi penalty earned Argentina a 2-1 win against Portugal, for whom Cristiano Ronaldo had earlier cancelled out Ángel Di María's opener.

Paulo Bento's unbeaten start to his Portugal reign had appeared under threat as soon as Di Maria applied a clinical finish after 14 minutes in Geneva. The Real Madrid CF winger was able to pounce after typically excellent play from Messi, who picked up the ball on the right flank before cutting inside and releasing an incisive pass.

Determined to register a goal of his own, the FIFA Ballon d'Or winner was soon denied by a superb Eduardo save, which appeared all the more important just seven minutes later when Ronaldo evened up the scores. The Madrid forward, level with Messi atop the Spanish Liga scoring charts, reacted first to João Pereira's deflected cross and found the target.

A Hugo Almeida header struck the woodwork soon after half-time, Ronaldo spurning the rebound, before the new Beşiktaş JK striker then missed a gaping goal from close range. Ronaldo was replaced, but Messi – who had a free-kick well saved – remained, supplying the set piece from which Javier Pastore struck the frame of the goal.

There was still time for the FC Barcelona maestro to have the final say, however, and he converted from the spot after Manuel Martínez had been felled by Fábio Coentrão.

 
Last updated: 16/04/12 7.34CET

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Lineups

Argentina

Argentina

Portugal

Portugal

RomeroSergio Romero (GK)
EduardoEduardo (GK)
Substitution46
N. BurdissoNicolás Burdisso
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
MilitoGabriel Milito
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
ZanettiJavier Zanetti
Substitution62
João PereiraJoão Pereira
RojoMarcos Rojo
RolandoRolando
CambiassoEsteban Cambiasso
Substitution78
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution79
MascheranoJavier Mascherano
NaniNani
Substitution61
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
Goal14
Substitution66
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Éver BanegaÉver Banega
Substitution62
Carlos MartinsCarlos Martins
Substitution85
MessiLionel Messi
Goal90
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal21
Substitution60
LavezziEzequiel Lavezzi
Substitution84
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution60

Substitutes

ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
Substitution62
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
Substitution46
GagoFernando Gago
Substitution62
Yellow Card78
DannyDanny
Substitution60
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution66
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution60
BigliaLucas Biglia
Substitution78
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution61
Yellow Card74
MartinezJuan Manuel Martinez
Substitution84
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Substitution79
Yellow Card83
Paulo MachadoPaulo Machado
Substitution85

Coach

Sergio Batista (ARG) Paulo Bento (POR)

Referee

Massimo Busacca (SUI)

Legend:

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