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Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat

Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 23.45CET
Portugal 1-3 Turkey
Umut Bulut struck twice as the visitors inflicted a surprise defeat on Paulo Bento's men, who have yet to record a victory in 2012.
by José Nuno Pimentel
Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat
Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty as Portugal suffered another defeat ©AFP

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Goals scored1
 
3
Yellow cards2
 
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Red Cards0
 
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Published: Saturday 2 June 2012, 23.45CET

Portugal's woes continue with Turkey defeat

Portugal 1-3 Turkey
Umut Bulut struck twice as the visitors inflicted a surprise defeat on Paulo Bento's men, who have yet to record a victory in 2012.

Portugal suffered another setback in their preparations for UEFA EURO 2012 and will travel to the tournament without a win this year after losing 3-1 at home against Turkey.

Having previously recorded goalless draws with Poland and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in 2012, Portugal were undone in the second half as Umut Bulut scored twice. Nani restored a little hope for the hosts by halving the deficit and Cristiano Ronaldo missed the chance to level from the spot before Pepe's late own goal sealed the result.

Miguel Lopes and Custódio earned their first caps for Paulo Bento's side, who were backed by a 65,000-strong crowd at the Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica in Lisbon. Bento made six changes to the team that was held by FYROM, with Lopes starting at right-back and Hugo Almeida replacing fellow forward Hélder Postiga, and it was Almeida who enjoyed the first chance of the evening when he headed wide from a Ronaldo cross in the first minute.

Portugal were making a bright start and Volkan Demirel then did well to keep out a Ronaldo free-kick, before his counterpart Rui Patrício denied a good chance for Burak Yılmaz. The tempo dropped thereafter until the fans were roused into voice when Almeida headed against the crossbar on the half-hour, Pepe having diverted a João Moutinho corner into his path.

Turkey responded quickly, however, with Hamit Altıntop striking a post from a free-kick before Bulut took advantage of too much space at the back to score moments later. Latching on to a cross from the left, he got ahead of Fábio Coentrão and slid in from close range.

Demirel denied Ronaldo as the hosts looked to level and Turkey increased their lead seven minutes after the break when a mistake from Miguel Veloso allowed Bulut to fire in a powerful shot. Nani brought his team back into the match with a fine low effort inside the far post from the right, yet they missed their chance to equalise when Demirel saved Ronaldo's spot kick, Emre Belözoğlu having fouled Lopes.

Substitute Ricardo Costa also threatened to level the scores only for Demirel to impress again and, despite serious pressure from Portugal in the last few minutes, it was the visitors who next found the net - Costa's attempted clearance hitting Pepe and crossing the goal line. Bento and his charges will hope for a different outcome when they start their Group B campaign against Germany on 9 June.

 
Last updated: 03/06/12 0.39CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Turkey

Turkey

1
Rui PatrícioRui Patrício (GK)
Substitution71
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK)
2
Miguel LopesMiguel Lopes
Substitution86
2
Hasan Ali KaldırımHasan Ali Kaldırım
3
PepePepe
Goal88
3
Ömer ToprakÖmer Toprak
5
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
Substitution69
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
6
Fábio CoentrãoFábio Coentrão
5
Hamit AltıntopHamit Altıntop
7
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution86
6
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
Yellow Card65
Substitution72
4
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
Substitution69
7
Arda TuranArda Turan
Yellow Card78
Substitution81
8
NaniNani
Goal57
9
SararerSercan Sararer
Substitution72
9
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Yellow Card66
8
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
10
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
10
Burak YılmazBurak Yılmaz
Yellow Card39
Substitution61
11
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Yellow Card49
Substitution73
11
Umut BulutUmut Bulut
Goal35
Goal51
Substitution90

Substitutes

12
CustódioCustódio
Substitution69
12
Tunay TorunTunay Torun
Substitution61
13
Ricardo CostaRicardo Costa
Substitution69
13
Nuri ŞahinNuri Şahin
Substitution72
14
EduardoEduardo (GK)
Substitution71
14
Selçuk İnanSelçuk İnan
Substitution72
15
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution73
15
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Substitution81
16
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Substitution86
16
Mustafa PektemekMustafa Pektemek
Substitution90
17
Nélson OliveiraNélson Oliveira
Substitution86
17
Engin BaytarEngin Baytar

Coach

Paulo Bento (POR) Abdullah Avcı (TUR)

Referee

Stephan Studer (SUI)

Assistant referees

Manuel Navarro (SUI), Sandro Pozzi (SUI)

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