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Postiga keeps Portugal pressing

Published: Sunday 3 June 2007, 0.07CET
Belgium 1-2 Portugal Hélder Postiga hit a sumptuous long-range winner in Brussels as Portugal kept the pressure firmly on Group A leaders Poland.
Postiga keeps Portugal pressing
Nani (left) celebrates with Hélder Postiga @Getty Images

Match statistics

BelgiumPortugal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target8
 
7
Attempts off target6
 
7
Corners9
 
7
Fouls committed8
 
9
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

Last updated: 19/08/2013 13:16 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 3 June 2007, 0.07CET

Postiga keeps Portugal pressing

Belgium 1-2 Portugal Hélder Postiga hit a sumptuous long-range winner in Brussels as Portugal kept the pressure firmly on Group A leaders Poland.

Hélder Postiga scored a sumptuous long-range winner as Portugal kept the pressure on Group A leaders Poland with a hard-fought 2-1 victory away to Belgium in Brussels.

Lively wingers
Frustrated for much of the encounter, the FC Porto striker produced a memorable swerving effort past the excellent Stijn Stijnen to set the visitors on course for a victory that seemed inevitable for much of the first half. With Cristiano Ronaldo absent, the Belgian defenders may have imagined an easier night to that which ended in a 4-0 defeat when the sides met in March, but Nani and Deco soon banished such thoughts as Luiz Felipe Scolari's team enjoyed an impressive start.

Stijnen busied
Deco soon forced Stijnen into action with a near-post strike, though the goalkeeper should not have been given a chance on eleven minutes when Nani's beautifully-weighted cross found Hélder Postiga in space. Yet with the goal at his mercy, the forward headed straight at Stijnen and Nani began to take matters into his own hands. He twice rifled efforts just wide before finally hitting his second international goal two minutes before half-time, weaving into the penalty area and unleashing a low drive to which Stijnen got the faintest of touches as it went in off the upright.

Late red card
It looked to have provided a platform from which Portugal could build but Belgium had other ideas. Only the excellent reactions of Ricardo denied François Sterchele immediately after the restart and it set the tone for a vibrant spell for the home team, who equalised on 55 minutes when Steven Defour's cross was headed in by Marouane Fellaini. It was the youngster's first international goal but Hélder Postiga's solo effort ensured the points went to Portugal, though Hugo Almeida's late dismissal took away some of the gloss.

Last updated: 03/06/07 0.08CET

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Lineups

Belgium

Belgium

Portugal

Portugal

1
StijnenStijn Stijnen (GK)
1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
17
FellainiMarouane Fellaini
Goal55
4
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade (C)
3
SimonsTimmy Simons (C)
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
13
HoefkensCarl Hoefkens
Substitution45+2
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
24
VermaelenThomas Vermaelen
13
MiguelMiguel
Substitution53
7
ClementPhilippe Clement
20
DecoDeco
16
VertonghenJan Vertonghen
8
PetitPetit
Yellow Card78
6
MudingayiGaby Mudingayi
Substitution76
19
TiagoTiago
9
Emile MpenzaEmile Mpenza
23
Hélder PostigaHélder Postiga
Yellow Card52
Goal64
Substitution79
14
StercheleFrancois Sterchele
Substitution61
32
NaniNani
Goal43
Substitution86
25
DefourSteven Defour
Yellow Card63
27
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Yellow Card76

Substitutes

21
BaillyLogan Bailly (GK)
12
QuimQuim (GK)
15
De ManMark De Man
Substitution45+2
30
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
10
MartensMaarten Martens
31
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Substitution53
22
GeraertsKarel Geraerts
Substitution76
26
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution79
Red Card90+4
11
EnglebertGaëtan Englebert
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
19
VandenberghKevin Vandenbergh
36
João TomásJoão Tomás
23
De MulTom De Mul
Substitution61
33
DudaDuda
Substitution86

Coach

René Vandereycken (BEL) Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA)

Referee

Martin Hansson (SWE)

Assistant referees

Fredrik Nilsson (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

Legend:

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