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Portugal thwarted by defiant Serbia

Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.37CET
Serbia 1-1 Portugal Boško Janković's equaliser ensured the points were shared between the teams chasing Poland in Group A.
Portugal thwarted by defiant Serbia
Serbia's Marjan Marković (left) puts Cristiano Ronaldo under pressure ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SerbiaPortugal

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
4
Attempts off target3
 
7
Corners6
 
9
Fouls committed23
 
16
Yellow cards4
 
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Published: Thursday 29 March 2007, 0.37CET

Portugal thwarted by defiant Serbia

Serbia 1-1 Portugal Boško Janković's equaliser ensured the points were shared between the teams chasing Poland in Group A.

Portugal and Serbia maintained their pursuit of UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A leaders Poland with a hard-fought draw in Belgrade.

Tiago opener
Tiago put the visitors ahead inside five minutes but Boško Janković's equaliser eight minutes before the interval was enough to leave both sides on eleven points from six matches, five behind the Poles who have played a game more.

Confident swagger
The Portuguese, who routed Belgium 4-0 on Saturday, started with the swagger of a team full of confidence and that was best demonstrated by Tiago's stunning opener - the Olympique Lyonnais midfielder cleverly lobbing home goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković from 33 metres. Serbia gradually came into the tie, although Portugal were always dangerous on the break and Petit almost made it 2-0 with a drilled effort that flew over.

Physical presence
It took 18 minutes for Serbia to test Portugal No1 Ricardo, who kept out Duško Tošić's ten-metre strike, but Portugal again ought to have doubled their advantage when Nuno Gomes headed Simão's corner over from five metres. At the other end, Nemanja Vidić's physical presence was causing the Portugal defence problems and the Manchester United FC defender nodded wide from close range shortly before the half-hour.

Janković header
The hosts dragged themselves level, though, when Dejan Stanković's corner was headed home by Janković eight minutes before the break. Nuno Gomes almost replied instantly yet his attempt flashed wide. Winger Cristiano Ronaldo then came close to getting on the scoresheet only for his shot to be superbly blocked by Igor Duljal on the stroke of half-time. Portugal resumed the second half in control with João Moutinho's strike demanding a fantastic save from Stojković. The latter excelled again on 64 minutes to frustrate Tiago, before the keeper completed a fine individual display by repelling Ronaldo's powerful free-kick late on.

Last updated: 29/03/07 12.14CET

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Lineups

Serbia

Serbia

Portugal

Portugal

1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
11
D. TošićDuško Tošić
Substitution84
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
Yellow Card50
5
VidićNemanja Vidić
4
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade (C)
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
Yellow Card62
13
MiguelMiguel
Substitution72
20
KrstajićMladen Krstajić
16
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
8
PetitPetit
18
JankovićBoško Janković
Goal37
Yellow Card40
Substitution64
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution77
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
19
TiagoTiago
Goal5
Yellow Card59
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Yellow Card36
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
Yellow Card7
Substitution78
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
Substitution82
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Yellow Card35
11
SimãoSimão

Substitutes

12
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
22
FernandesDaniel Fernandes (GK)
21
MarkovićMarjan Marković
Substitution78
3
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
Substitution72
15
StepanovMilan Stepanov
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
2
ErgićIvan Ergić
25
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution77
14
TrišovićAleksandar Trišović
26
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
7
KoromanOgnjen Koroman
Substitution64
27
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution82
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
Substitution84
32
NaniNani

Coach

Javier Clemente Lázaro (ESP) Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)

Referee

Bertrand Layec (FRA)

Assistant referees

Christian Thoison (FRA), Eric Dansault (FRA)

Fourth official

Damien Ledentu (FRA)

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