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Portugal pegged back in Armenia

Published: Thursday 23 August 2007, 0.57CET
Armenia 1-1 Portugal
A fine Cristiano Ronaldo goal was not enough to earn Portugal a much-needed Group A victory in Yerevan.

Match statistics

ArmeniaPortugal

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target1
 
9
Corners4
 
6
Fouls committed10
 
7
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 23 August 2007, 0.57CET

Portugal pegged back in Armenia

Armenia 1-1 Portugal
A fine Cristiano Ronaldo goal was not enough to earn Portugal a much-needed Group A victory in Yerevan.

A fine Cristiano Ronaldo goal was not enough to earn Portugal a much-needed victory in Armenia as a 1-1 draw left them four points behind the leaders Poland in UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A.

Third surprise
Robert Arzumanyan headed Armenia in front after 12 minutes, but the Manchester United FC winger equalised with a trademark individual effort. If that strike was supposed to be the cue for Portugal to push on for victory, the hosts had not read the script and held on for their third surprise result in a row, having defeated Kazakhstan and Poland away in the last set of fixtures in June.

Goalkeeper deceived
Samvel Melkonyan and Deco traded shots from range before Arzumanyan put the hosts in front by nodding in Artavazd Karamyan's free-kick. Arzumanyan then passed up an opportunity to double the lead either side of fizzing shots with both feet from Deco, the FC Barcelona playmaker who was central to much of his side’s best moves. Portugal were soon on terms, though, as Armenia defender Agvan Mkrtchyan missed the ball in his own box and Ronaldo capitalised by slotting the ball under Roman Berezovsky after deceiving the goalkeeper by feigning a pass across the middle.

Attacking impetus
Ronaldo fired a free-kick over the bar from distance after 55 minutes before Luiz Felipe Scolari sought greater attacking impetus with the introduction of Nuno Gomes and Ricardo Quaresma for Hélder Postiga and Simão, who had been ineffective. Tiago fired wide and Quaresma twice missed at the other end as full time approached, although the clearest chance was the final one as Bruno Alves rose unmarked to meet Deco’s cross deep into added time but headed wide – a miss which could prove costly in what is shaping up to be a thrilling section.

Last updated: 23/08/07 10.31CET

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