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Ivanović strike denies Portugal points

Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.40CET
Portugal 1-1 Serbia A last-gasp equaliser from Branislav Ivanović denied Portugal the chance to climb into second place in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A.
Ivanović strike denies Portugal points
Portugal's Simão celebrates his goal against Serbia ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalSerbia

Goals scored1
 
1
Attempts on target4
 
3
Attempts off target8
 
6
Corners0
3
Fouls committed16
 
17
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red cards0
1

Standings

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

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 13 September 2007, 0.40CET

Ivanović strike denies Portugal points

Portugal 1-1 Serbia A last-gasp equaliser from Branislav Ivanović denied Portugal the chance to climb into second place in UEFA EURO 2008™ Group A.

A last-gasp equaliser from Branislav Ivanović denied Portugal second place in Group A and kept alive Serbia's hopes of reaching UEFA EURO 2008™.

Sublime free-kick
Portugal could have closed to within two points of leaders Poland with a victory and they appeared on course when Simão fired them in front after eleven minutes but Ivanović stunned the home crowd with an 88th-minute leveller to leave Serbia just a point behind their opponents. The home side made the perfect start as Simão's precise free-kick, awarded after Nenad Kovačević had fouled Cristiano Ronaldo, found the target.

Portugal pressure
The Portuguese had Petit to thank for preserving their lead after he produced a fantastic block minutes later to deny Zdravko Kuzmanović's goalbound effort. Then Nuno Gomes headed Bosingwa's inviting cross against a Serbia post and Maniche blasted the rebound straight at goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković. Ronaldo went close with two further efforts as Portugal searched for a telling second goal.

Late leveller
Serbia became more composed as the second half progressed and Kovačević wasted a glorious chance to restore parity by firing a half-volley over the crossbar following Ricardo's poor punch. The real drama came late on, however, as with two minutes to play, Dejan Stanković's free-kick caused panic in the Portugal penalty area and Ivanović was able to turn the ball in from close range.

Tight group
There was still time for Ivica Dragutinović to receive a red card in added time but Serbia had done enough to earn the draw. Group A could not be much tighter ahead of October and November's qualifiers, with Poland and Finland on 21 and 19 points respectively, Portugal two points further back in third, and Serbia a point behind them in fourth – with the latter two countries each having a game in hand.

Last updated: 13/09/07 1.16CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Serbia

Serbia

1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
1
StojkovićVladimir Stojković (GK)
Yellow Card36
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
2
RukavinaAntonio Rukavina
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
3
DragutinovićIvica Dragutinović
Yellow Card51
Red Card90+2
30
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
5
VidićNemanja Vidić
Yellow Card59
8
PetitPetit
Yellow Card86
6
IvanovićBranislav Ivanović
Goal88
31
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
21
Z. TošićZoran Tošić
Substitution61
20
DecoDeco
Substitution77
10
StankovićDejan Stanković (C)
18
ManicheManiche
Substitution83
16
KovačevićNenad Kovačević
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo
17
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution61
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes (C)
Substitution65
22
KuzmanovićZdravko Kuzmanović
Substitution71
11
SimãoSimão
Goal11
14
JovanovićMilan Jovanović

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
12
AvramovVlada Avramov (GK)
4
Jorge AndradeJorge Andrade
4
DuljajIgor Duljaj
Substitution71
13
MiguelMiguel
8
LazovićDanko Lazović
25
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Substitution83
9
PantelićMarko Pantelić
Substitution61
26
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
11
D. TošićDuško Tošić
27
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution65
15
StepanovMilan Stepanov
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution77
19
ŽigićNikola Žigić
Substitution61

Coach

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

Referee

Markus Merk (GER)

Assistant referees

Detlef Scheppe (GER), Peter Henes (GER)

Fourth official

Thorsten Kinhöfer (GER)

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