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Almeida takes Portugal to the brink

Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.20CET
Portugal 1-0 Armenia
Hugo Almeida's first-half header in Leiria left the home team needing just a point to qualify from Group A.
Almeida takes Portugal to the brink
Hugo Almeida was Portugal's match-winner ©Getty Images

Match statistics

PortugalArmenia

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target5
 
1
Attempts off target5
 
4
Corners7
 
2
Fouls committed14
 
14
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

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

Legend:

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Pts: Points   
 
Published: Sunday 18 November 2007, 0.20CET

Almeida takes Portugal to the brink

Portugal 1-0 Armenia
Hugo Almeida's first-half header in Leiria left the home team needing just a point to qualify from Group A.

Portugal need only a point from their final game at home to Finland on Wednesday to qualify for UEFA EURO 2008™ after Hugo Almeida's header earned victory against Armenia.

Dominance
With Poland sure of a place in next summer's tournament, the second qualifying berth from Group A will go to either Portugal or Finland who meet in Porto in four days' time. The Finns had beaten Azerbaijan earlier in the day, leaving Portugal requiring a win to restore their three-point advantage over Roy Hodgson's side. They almost got off to a perfect start when Simão hit the crossbar from close range on four minutes. Cristiano Ronaldo then sent a header over and also came close with a free-kick as Portugal sought to turn their dominance into goals.

Almeida delivers
Buoyed by their vociferous support in Leiria, Luiz Felipe Scolari's men continued to press and went ahead three minutes before half-time. Bosingwa advanced down the right and whipped a cross into the penalty area, where Almeida crashed a powerful header beyond Armenia keeper Roman Berezovsky. Portugal stayed on the attack after the break – Simão and Ricardo Quaresma both trying their luck from distance but failing to hit the target. Yet if Armenia were providing stubborn resistance, they never really looked like finding a way back into the contest.

Job done
Portugal appeared happy to stroke the ball around in midfield although they did come close to a second goal on 82 minutes when the unmarked Ronaldo nodded Ariza Makukula's improvised cross over the bar. Substitutes Manuel Fernandes and Nani also shot wide, but a second goal proved unnecessary as the hosts held on for three crucial points.

Last updated: 18/11/07 1.21CET

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Lineups

Portugal

Portugal

Armenia

Armenia

1
RicardoRicardo (GK)
1
BerezovskiRoman Berezovski (GK)
31
BosingwaJosé Bosingwa
Yellow Card78
4
HovsepyanSargis Hovsepyan (C)
5
Fernando MeiraFernando Meira
5
ArzumanyanRobert Arzumanyan
Yellow Card70
30
Bruno AlvesBruno Alves
3
DokhoyanKaren Dokhoyan
3
Marco CaneiraMarco Caneira
Yellow Card64
18
Al. TadevosyanAleksandr Tadevosyan
37
Miguel VelosoMiguel Veloso
7
Ararat ArakelyanArarat Arakelyan
18
ManicheManiche
8
Artur VoskanyanArtur Voskanyan
17
RonaldoCristiano Ronaldo (C)
6
R. KhachatryanRomik Khachatryan
Substitution59
11
SimãoSimão
Substitution77
14
MelkonyanSamvel Melkonyan
Substitution63
27
QuaresmaRicardo Quaresma
Substitution60
16
PachajyanLevon Pachajyan
Yellow Card45
26
Hugo AlmeidaHugo Almeida
Goal42
Substitution68
10
Artavazd KaramyanArtavazd Karamyan
Substitution76

Substitutes

12
QuimQuim (GK)
12
KasparovGevorg Kasparov (GK)
15
PepePepe
2
V. MinasyanVahagn Minasyan
35
Jorge RibeiroJorge Ribeiro
17
MkrtchyanAgvan Mkrtchyan
Substitution76
29
Manuel FernandesManuel Fernandes
Substitution60
9
MkhitaryanHamlet Mkhitaryan
Substitution59
32
NaniNani
Substitution77
15
AleksanyanKaren Aleksanyan
38
MakukulaAriza Makukula
Substitution68
13
GhazaryanGevorg Ghazaryan
21
Nuno GomesNuno Gomes
11
ManucharyanEdgar Manucharyan
Substitution63

Coach

Flávio Teixeira (POR) Vardan Minasyan (ARM)

Referee

Michael Riley (ENG)

Assistant referees

Philip Sharp (ENG), Peter Kirkup (ENG)

Fourth official

Mike Dean (ENG)

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