The official website for European football

France revive but Portugal malaise goes on

Published: Wednesday 8 September 2010, 0.03CET
France bounced back after their loss to Belarus to win in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but there were defeats for Russia and Portugal as UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying continued.
France revive but Portugal malaise goes on
Portugal went down to defeat in Norway to complete a disappointing week for Carlos Queiroz's men ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 8 September 2010, 0.03CET

France revive but Portugal malaise goes on

France bounced back after their loss to Belarus to win in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but there were defeats for Russia and Portugal as UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying continued.

Two-time European champions France got their UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying bid back on track with victory in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but the campaigns of Portugal and Russia stalled following defeats by Norway and Slovakia respectively on a busy night of international football.

France had kicked off their Group D schedule with a shock 1-0 home defeat by Belarus on Friday and Tuesday night's trip to Sarajevo looked a distinctly tricky prospect for Les Bleus. However, second-half goals from Karim Benzema and Florent Malouda secured a morale-boosting win, France's first under Laurent Blanc.

There was no such good news for Portugal whose stuttering start to qualifying took a turn for the worse as they followed up their 4-4 home draw against Cyprus with a 1-0 loss in Norway, Erik Huseklepp scoring the winner. Russia fared no better, going down by the same scoreline at home to Slovakia while the Czech Republic received similar treatment at the hands of Lithuania.

There were other notable away triumphs as Montenegro won in Bulgaria to join England – who beat Switzerland 3-1 in Basel – at the top of Group G. Elsewhere, Scotland needed a Stephen McManus header in the seventh minute of added time to beat Liechtenstein 2-1 at Hampden Park, Turkey defeated Belgium 3-2 and both Germany and Italy enjoyed five-goal successes.

Last updated: 08/09/10 1.19CET

Related information

http://www.uefa.com/news/newsid=1524937.html#france+revive+portugal+malaise+goes

UEFA.com features

Take a bow Bale and El Haddadi
  • Take a bow Bale and El Haddadi
  • Road to the semi-finals
  • Bayern and Madrid's classic 2012 semi-final
  • Banga making a noise in Lithuania
  • Gustavsson: Tyresö still chasing their dream
  • Kellermann explains Wolfsburg rise
  • Madrid and Barcelona spurred on by Copa history
  • Unbeaten Sparta aim to go all the way
  • Steaua have to start again
  • Omens against holders in German derby
1 of 10
  • © 1998-2014 UEFA. All rights reserved.
  • The UEFA word, the UEFA logo and all marks related to UEFA competitions, are protected by trade marks and/or copyright of UEFA. No use for commercial purposes may be made of such trade marks. Use of UEFA.com signifies your agreement to the Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy.