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Smolarek goals sink Portugal

Published: Thursday 12 October 2006, 0.54CET
Poland 2-1 Portugal
Euzebiusz Smolarek scored both of Poland's goals as they leapfrogged their opponents in EURO Group A.
Smolarek goals sink Portugal
Euzebiusz Smolarek was the star of the show ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PolandPortugal

Goals scored2
 
1
Attempts on target6
 
2
Attempts off target7
 
4
Corners3
 
4
Fouls committed12
 
13
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:56 CET

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Published: Thursday 12 October 2006, 0.54CET

Smolarek goals sink Portugal

Poland 2-1 Portugal
Euzebiusz Smolarek scored both of Poland's goals as they leapfrogged their opponents in EURO Group A.

Euzebiusz Smolarek scored both of Poland's goals as they defeated Portugal 2-1 in Chorzow to leapfrog their opponents into fourth place in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A.

Blistering opening
The hosts fully deserved a victory which they earned thanks to a blistering start from Smolarek, the BV Borussia Dortmund forward striking twice inside the opening 18 minutes. A Nuno Gomes goal in added time was not enough to prevent Portugal's first defeat in their bid to qualify for the tournament in Austria and Switzerland and they now lie six points behind the leaders Serbia in fifth place, albeit with a game in hand.

Poland unchanged
Poland coach Leo Beenhakker named the same starting XI which beat Kazakhstan at the weekend, while Luiz Felipe Scolari only made one change to the Portugal team that confidently brushed aside Azerbaijan, Maniche dropping to the bench in favour of Petit. But it was the hosts who came out of the blocks faster, dominating the opening exchanges and enjoying the majority of the possession.

Rasiak lively
So it was no surprise when they broke the deadlock after only nine minutes. Smolarek picked up the ball on the edge of the penalty area and calmly placed his effort past the diving Ricardo and into the back of the net. The goal seemed to stun the visitors, but worse was to come nine minutes later as Poland doubled their advantage - Smolarek dispatching his second following a perfect cross from the lively Grzegorz Rasiak.

Serbia on top
Portugal pushed in search of a reponse before the break, only for their efforts to end in frustration as Poland stood firm defensively. The home side looked the more likely scorers after the restart and Smolarek was unlucky not to claim a hat-trick after Ricardo turned his shot wide. Portugal's possession increased as time ticked by, but Nuno Gomes's conversion of Simão's centre was no consolation.

Last updated: 12/10/06 11.33CET

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Lineups

Poland

Poland

Portugal

Portugal

1
KowalewskiWojciech Kowalewski (GK)
Yellow Card90+2
1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
6
CostinhaCostinha (C)
Substitution46
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
8
PetitPetit
Substitution68
5
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
Substitution66
11
SimãoSimão
Yellow Card44
6
BąkJacek Bąk
13
MiguelMiguel
7
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Goal9
Goal18
14
Nuno ValenteNuno Valente
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski (C)
16
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
11
RasiakGrzegorz Rasiak
Substitution74
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
14
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
20
DecoDeco
Substitution83
16
RadomskiArkadiusz Radomski
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Goal90+2
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
Yellow Card20
33
Ricardo RochaRicardo Rocha
Yellow Card62

Substitutes

12
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
12
QuimQuim (GK)
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Substitution66
18
ManicheManiche
Substitution83
19
MatusiakRadosław Matusiak
Substitution74
19
TiagoTiago
Substitution46
2
ŁągiewkaKrzysztof Łągiewka
32
NaniNani
Substitution68
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
17
KaźmierczakPrzemysław Kaźmierczak
3
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
20
FrankowskiTomasz Frankowski
29
Zé AntonioZé Antonio

Coach

Leo Beenhakker (NED) Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)

Referee

Wolfgang Stark (GER)

Assistant referees

Volker Wezel (GER), Harry Ehing (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

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