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Portugal leave it late for victory

Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.22CET
Kazakhstan 1-2 Portugal
Portugal moved to within a point of Group A leaders Poland as two late strikes earned a success in Almaty.
Portugal leave it late for victory
Cristiano Ronaldo scored Portugal's second ©Getty Images

Match statistics

KazakhstanPortugal

Goals scored1
 
2
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
15
Corners1
 
10
Fouls committed13
 
14
Yellow cards3
 
1
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
 
Published: Thursday 18 October 2007, 0.22CET

Portugal leave it late for victory

Kazakhstan 1-2 Portugal
Portugal moved to within a point of Group A leaders Poland as two late strikes earned a success in Almaty.

Portugal moved to within a point of Group A leaders Poland after claiming a hard-fought win in their UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier in Kazakhstan courtesy of late goals by Ariza Makukula and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Late goals
Makukula, who had only been brought into the squad on Monday as a replacement for Nuno Gomes, struck on 84 minutes after coming on to win his first cap. Cristiano Ronaldo then doubled the lead a minute into added time, and despite a late Dmitriy Byakov effort for the hosts, Portugal had done enough to earn their second three points on the road in five days.

Portugal domination
With their coach Luiz Felipe Scolari forced to watch from the stands, serving the second part of a three-match ban, Portugal dominated the early stages in Almaty. Bruno Alves headed just wide while Miguel Veloso, Maniche and Paulo Ferreira saw shots narrowly miss the target. Yet Arno Pijpers' Kazakhstan managed to frustrate their opponents, even if early in the second half Ricardo Quaresma and Cristiano Ronaldo both came close to breaking the deadlock

Makukula breakthrough
Portugal finally got the breakthrough when CS Marítimo's Makukula, a 63rd-minute substitute, headed in Cristiano Ronaldo's right-wing cross. When the winger then made it 2-0 – firing a left-footed shot past David Loria from Nani's cross – it seemed that the points were secure. Byakov did pull a goal back after making the most of space inside the penalty area, yet it was too little too late. Portugal held on for a win that leaves qualification in their own hands with two games remaining: victories against Armenia, on 17 November, and Finland four days later would guarantee it.

Last updated: 17/10/07 23.44CET

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Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Portugal

Portugal

1
LoriaDavid Loria (GK)
1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
2
SmakovSamat Smakov
Yellow Card40
13
MiguelMiguel
4
ZhalmagambetovMaksim Zhalmagambetov
16
CarvalhoRicardo Carvalho
5
IrismetovFarkhadbek Irismetov
Yellow Card36
30
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
3
KuchmaAleksandr Kuchma
2
FerreiraPaulo Ferreira
7
LarinSergey Larin
Substitution37
18
ManicheManiche
Yellow Card33
Substitution59
6
SkorykhSergei Skorykh
20
DecoDeco
8
KarpovichAndrei Karpovich
Yellow Card6
Substitution89
37
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
10
ZhumaskaliyevNurbol Zhumaskaliyev (C)
27
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution85
9
OstapenkoSergei Ostapenko
26
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Substitution63
11
ByakovDmitriy Byakov
Goal90+3
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
Goal90+1

Substitutes

18
NovikovYuriy Novikov (GK)
12
QuimQuim (GK)
19
KornienkoOleg Kornienko
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
12
LyapkinDmitri Lyapkin
Substitution37
25
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
14
AshirbekovKairat Ashirbekov
28
João MoutinhoJoão Moutinho
Substitution85
15
M. AzovskiyMaksim Azovskiy
32
NaniNani
Substitution59
16
NurdauletovKairat Nurdauletov
Substitution89
35
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
17
SuyumagambetovMurat Suyumagambetov
38
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Substitution63
Goal84

Coach

Arno Pijpers (NED) Flávio Teixeira (POR)

Referee

Jan W. Wegereef (NED)

Assistant referees

Wijnand Rutgers (NED), Nicky Siebert (NED)

Fourth official

Kevin Blom (NED)

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