The official website for European football

Krzynówek pounces to deny Portugal

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.35CET
Portugal 2-2 Poland Jacek Krzynówek's late equaliser kept his team two points clear at the top of Group A and denied Portugal a valuable victory.
Krzynówek pounces to deny Portugal
Jacek Krzynówek (left) struck Poland's equaliser ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalPoland

Goals scored2
 
2
Attempts on target6
 
6
Attempts off target8
 
2
Corners5
 
1
Fouls committed19
 
14
Yellow cards0
3
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.35CET

Krzynówek pounces to deny Portugal

Portugal 2-2 Poland Jacek Krzynówek's late equaliser kept his team two points clear at the top of Group A and denied Portugal a valuable victory.

Poland's Jacek Krzynówek scored a late equaliser in Portugal to keep his team two points clear at the top of UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifying Group A.

Portugal denied
The visitors went ahead through Mariusz Lewandowski just before half-time but Maniche levelled for Portugal five minutes after the interval. Cristiano Ronaldo then looked to have sealed a home win, before Krzynówek's fortuitous late strike rescued a draw and left Portugal two points adrift of second-placed Finland.

Poland ahead
Although Ronaldo and Simão caused early problems for the Poland defence, it was Nuno Gomes who had the first real chance on 26 minutes after a fine pass from Deco; Artur Boruc saving at his feet. A minute later, Ronaldo fired a stinging drive against the bar while Poland came close at the other end six minutes later, Euzebiusz Smolarek shooting just over. A minute before half-time, goalkeeper Ricardo parried Jakub Błaszczykowski's effort from the edge of the area but Lewandowski was at hand to put Poland ahead.

Home team rally
Portugal reacted quickly after the interval and Nuno Gomes got in behind the Poland defence to set up Maniche, who gratefully drove past Boruc after the goalkeeper had failed to clear the danger. Nuno Gomes almost added a second goal seven minutes later after good work from Bosingwa, but this time Boruc was alert to the threat and intercepted. After Nuno Gomes had been replaced by Ricardo Quaresma, the substitute charged down the right and crossed for Simão. He missed his header yet the ball fell kindly for Ronaldo who volleyed past the helpless Boruc.

Late leveller
With two minutes to go, however, Krzynówek’s long-range attempt went in off a combination of the post and Ricardo's shoulder. Poland visit second-placed Finland on Wednesday while Portugal welcome Serbia with both teams very much in striking distance.

Last updated: 09/09/07 1.00CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2008/matches/round=2241/match=83786/postmatch/report/index.html#krzynowek+pounces+deny+portugal

Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Poland

Poland

1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
1
BorucArtur Boruc (GK)
Yellow Card20
31
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
2
JopMariusz Jop
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
3
BronowickiGrzegorz Bronowicki
Yellow Card37
Substitution55
30
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
5
DudkaDariusz Dudka
3
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
Substitution12
7
SmolarekEbi Smolarek
Substitution73
20
DecoDeco
8
KrzynówekJacek Krzynówek
Goal88
18
ManicheManiche
Goal50
9
ŻurawskiMaciej Żurawski (C)
Substitution56
8
PetitPetit
13
WasilewskiMarcin Wasilewski
Yellow Card29
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
Goal73
14
ŻewłakowMichał Żewłakow
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes (C)
Substitution69
16
BłaszczykowskiJakub Błaszczykowski
11
SimãoSimão
Substitution81
18
M. LewandowskiMariusz Lewandowski
Goal44

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
12
KuszczakTomasz Kuszczak (GK)
4
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
4
GolańskiPaweł Golański
Substitution55
13
MiguelMiguel
Substitution12
6
SobolewskiRadosław Sobolewski
19
TiagoTiago
10
SaganowskiMarek Saganowski
27
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution69
11
MatusiakRadosław Matusiak
Substitution56
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution81
15
ŁobodzińskiWojciech Łobodziński
Substitution73
32
NaniNani
17
GłowackiArkadiusz Głowacki

Coach

Luiz Felipe Scolari (BRA) Leo Beenhakker (NED)

Referee

Roberto Rosetti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Alessandro Griselli (ITA), Paolo Calcagno (ITA)

Fourth official

Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
  • © 1998-2013 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.